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Journalist who writes about Supply Chain Management, travel, railroad history and ice hockey



Les fêtes approchent à grands pas,


que dis-je? à énormes pas, et certain(e)s se posent, chaque année les mêmes et  mêmes questions:


  • Quel menu?


  • Quels cadeaux?


  • Quelle tenue?


Moi, sincèrement, je l’ignore, tout ce que je sais c’est qu’avec toute la violence qui nous entoure, j’ai décidé d’arrêter un peu toutes ces séries qui traitent de thèmes effroyables, difficiles et macabres pour m’adonner à toutes ces petites séries/films de Noël qui nous permettent de nous évader le temps qu’ils durent et de penser à un monde ou tout ne serait qu’amour, miracles de Noël, richesse et que sais-je encore…


et, pour continuer dans ce même élan de joie, bonheur, magie, je viens partager avec vous ce look qui pourrait très bien convenir à toutes ces fêtes à venir mais déjà si proches …


J’ose donc espérer qu’il vous plaira et peut être même vous inspirera


Je ne pense pas qu’il…

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Out on a Limb: Sexual Harassment, Race, and the Unsinkable Mr. Trump


Mixed feelings on sexual harassment in the news stories of the day. It’s good to see those who routinely harass getting caught and going down in greater numbers. But I do worry about a loss of perspective. If there are 50 million married couples in the US, and you asked how many started with (a) venturing a kiss in the hopes that it would be reciprocal, or (b) asking permission for a kiss, I’m guessing that at least 49 million would say (a). By today’s standards, that means 49 million marriages started with an act of sexual harrassment. Similarly, by the standards of California’s “yes means yes” law, I believe every sex act I’ve ever had would be a rape, since I never explicitly asked or received a verbal permission. In fact, since I align with 1960s feminists (who proclaim for women equal strength and agency with men) more than…

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​Perfect Blogger tips

Life lessons

DO YOU. We always hear these magic words all the time but if you go through my blog posts likethis one you’ll see these words from a whole new point of view. Getting the views that I get and considering I just started blogging three days ago on the free plan, I think that I know a thing or two about being a perfect blogger.

If You want to post articles that will touch people’s souls you got to get personal. If you know that you ain’t willing to honestly talk about something that you went through just not to look ‘weak’ or something, you won’t touch someone’s soul at all and that’s bad for your blog.

BE YOU. After watching my first YouTube video, I felt ashamed of myself. I looked stupid, but after reshooting the videoagainI felt proudof myself. I liked it, and noticed that…

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George and Shelby Grimes were the third owners in the history of the squat two-sectioned structure originally built in 1933 by a local doctor named Palmer for his son to run as a billiards hall. The second section, a two-lane bowling alley was added soon after.

George Grimes was born in Stevensville in 1934. As a boy growing up post-World War II, George worked hand-setting duckpins in Stuart Palmer’s pool room, and he stayed on when Palmer sold the business to Earl and Grace Stevens. Dr. Theodor Sattelmaier, an esteemed Kent Island physician from Germany, was a regular customer, and in a medical emergency, patients would send their loved ones to the poolroom to find Doc Sattelmaier if he wasn’t in his office. Both George Grimes and Alvin ‘Babe’ Grollman, another Island icon who grew up in the era, told me that Doc bowled so enthusiastically, he would routinely knock out…

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Thursday Doors – New York Library

No Facilities

Faith in the Library – 2001

On a recent trip to New York City, I left my hotel with more than enough time to walk to the Javits Center. Of course, my plan was to turn the utilitarian walk to a conference into a mini-doorscursion. Since I’ve walked from this hotel to that venue at least twice in recent years, I was trying to take a different route. I headed west, and I soon found myself on 5th Avenue staring at the New York Public Library’s main branch. I had plenty of time, so I decided to go inside.

As a result, I have a post dedicated to a single magnificent building that many people might only recognize from the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” and the many other movies and TV shows in which the library has appeared.

Rather than risk making a poor attempt at summarizing everything…

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian boosts Department of Premier and Cabinet boss Tim Reardon’s pay to almost $700k

Sydney Light Rail Action Group

Premier Gladys Berejiklian hand-picked her head public servant. Picture: Jonathan NgPremier Gladys Berejiklian hand-picked her head public servant. Picture: Jonathan Ng

GLADYS Berejiklian’s hand-picked public service boss will receive a pay packet of up to $687,000 when he starts in the job today — but only after the Premier sought a special ruling for his pay increase.

The remuneration tribunal has approved a “personal” salary package for new Department of Premier and Cabinet boss Tim Reardon — delivering him a significant boost from his current $580,000 ­salary package as Transport Secretary. The new salary is the same as that earned by former DPC boss and Mike Baird appointee Blair Comley, who was moved on from the job nine days ago.

Tim Reardon was previously Secretary of Transport for NSW. Picture: Jonathan Ng

However, the Premier (pictured) needed to seek…

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End of Year Tech for Writers: 13 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

Thank you for some great ideas


online presenceThis week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of writing you’ll swear to accomplish in New Year resolutions. Here’s what you’ll get (the links won’t be active until the post goes live):

  1. Update Your Online Presence
  2. Speed Up Your Computer
  3. Backup and Image your computer

Today: Update Your Online Presence

For most writers I know, life zooms by, filled with research, writing, editing, critique groups, reading, promotions (of our books), people watching (to build characters), and thinking. There are few breaks to update/fix/maintain the tech tools that allow us to pursue our trade.

But, that must happen or they deteriorate and no longer accomplish what we need. Cussing them out does no good. Buying new systems takes a long time and doesn’t fix the problem that the old one wasn’t kept up. If they aren’t taken care…

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