Month: August 2016

Road Trip – Destination #2; Belfast, Maine

Up until about the 1980s, Belfast, Maine was the world’s chicken-processing capital. Then, like car-makers high-tailing it out of Detroit, the chicken companies left Belfast for other parts of the world, taking with them jobs and the town’s economic engine. Now reinvented as a lobster and ship-repair hub, Belfast is a model for how other towns can survive after a similar downfall.  …

The Best Times to Shop

While we’re on vacation, I’m reposting some of my favourite blog posts of the past. 

I know, I know, there are some people who would say “Never!”  But Smart Money in the US claims to reveal the best times to buy certain items.  They claim it also translates to Canadian retailers, so let’s give it a look, shall we?  …

Throwback Thursday – Me Lisa, She Jane

While we’re on vacation, I’m rerunning some of my favourite blog posts. 

I guess I never did receive a photo from the time I met Jane Fonda because I have looked everywhere and asked everyone I can think of with no luck. But I did meet her and had a delightful chat, backstage after she gave a talk at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, for which I had a front row seat. …

The One-Legged Man

While we’re on vacation, I’m rerunning some of my favourite blog posts. 

It was cold when we started out on our riding adventure.  Once you get moving on a motorcycle -3 degree conditions turn much chillier and the wind whips your face into a froth. My riding goggles proved woefully inadequate and tears poured from both eyes as the frigid air permeated several layers of clothing. …

Money-makers

Early on in my career, I undervalued myself and took a lower salary than I was worth. In a couple of cases, I later discovered that I could have earned a lot more. If I had had a little more confidence and faith in myself, I would have negotiated harder. It’s something I eventually learned to do.  …

Triumph Over Terror

Aside from the questions about the timeline and who knew what when and should have told whom, the bottom line is that last week, our police prevented innocent people from getting hurt or killed. To say that the people of nearby Strathroy were shocked by the detonation of an explosion and the killing of Aaron Driver on a residential street, is like saying Michael Phelps is a pretty good swimmer. The RCMP limited the tragedy to one life, instead of whoever was unlucky enough to be in London’s City Centre that night. (Driver died inside a cab and had told the driver that’s where he wanted to go.)  …

Throwback Thursday – Memories of Mills

A couple of weeks ago, a former star basketball player from Southern Mississippi was shot and killed not far from a high school in Chicago on a Monday afternoon as he was heading into the school’s gym to work out. The story made headlines in Canada because Jonathan Mills used to play for the London Lightning of the Canadian Basketball Leagues. As soon as I heard the story I thought, “slippers”.   …

A Difficult Truth

A couple of years ago, I was hired by a local First Nations group to speak to their chiefs about media relations. They were finding it difficult to talk to reporters and to get stories reported accurately, and wanted some tips. I came away from that session with a tough realization: I had taken on a mild form of racism through osmosis in my years in media, and didn’t even know it.   …