TRANS AM ANXIETY

On Thursday evening, March 12, 2020, I sat in a cold hockey arena watching my son’s speed-skating practice while working on the final chapter (which was actually the first chapter) of my book, My Coworkers Think I’m A Pro, when I had the feeling we were being attacked by a swarm of killer crickets.  It…

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PARKINSON’S LAW NUMBER TWO

Parkinson’s Law is an old aphorism which basically means that work will expand to fill the time allotted.  In other words, no matter how much time (within reason, of course) we leave to complete a task, we will get that task done.  For most of my life this notion has served me quite well, though…

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DREAMSCAPE DISCONNECT

In the Spring/Summer of 1995, a companion and I took a hippie dippy, don’t wash for days, eat baguettes exclusively, backpacking trip through Europe to ‘find ourselves’.  Truth be told, it was I who was on a quest to figure out who and what I was supposed to be or become (spoiler alert: I didn’t…

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TRIATHLON HUSTLE

In August 1978, my family took a summer trip to Northern British Columbia to visit my aunt and uncle.  I remember being very excited for the trip not only because it was far away and would require several flights (one being on a small plane), but also because I was going to get to spend…

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(DIS)COMFORT ZONES

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform”. ~ Roy T. Bennett The principal at the school where I teach dropped this quote at the bottom of the agenda for our most recent staff meeting, causing my eyes to glaze over as my head began to…

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TRUNK BOY AND L’ALPE D’HUEZ

I had been a track and field coach for ten or so years, and this was the first time that the boys’ team had a legitimate shot at the Greater Montreal Athletic Association City Championships.  Like for real.  Finally.  We had several boys who would most likely score points in pretty much all the field…

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