Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Archive for January 2014

Howard

You’ve met my mom already in a round-about way when I wrote about her kitchen and her nose job.  I’d like to introduce you to my dad, Howard. Ok, now what… Well, then, let’s try this tack: stick to the facts. Dad was born.  In Smith’s Falls, I think, in the early 1920’s. The details are sketchy, not because I’m lax, but because I don’t know. That’s the way it […]

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That Does not Compute

My patience has run out. I cannot tolerate one more instance of a math text being wrong. You’d think something like A MATH TEXT BOOK would be free of error. HA! I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent working and reworking calculations to get an answer that matches the software’s expectation, only to find out: the textbook is WRONG.  A couple of times I’ve used the “let us […]

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Rude Awakening – it’s winter still

Ah, the most beautiful sight to behold, the setting sun over Lake Huron at Sauble Beach.

Wait a minute, what’s that?  A bottle?  With a message!  Awesome!  Always wanted to get a message in a bottle.

[uncorking bottle and unrolling the message] “It’s all a dream.”

 

Perchance to Dream

Nose Job

This feel-good advertisement-slash-documentary recently released by Dove came my way today.  Here’s the synopsis from YouTube: “In partnership with the Sundance Institute, directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade and produced by Sharon Liese, Selfie reveals how we have the power to redefine what is beautiful in all of us.  Selfie captures the digital journey of a group of high school girls and their mothers, as they create a new […]

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Which came first: the rubber chicken, or…?

Continuing with the effective supervision theme, if you read my post on motivation, you might enjoy this  follow-up piece in which I discuss incentives in the workplace.  And rubber chickens. The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has uncovered a trend as regards the use of incentives to increase motivation in the workplace.  In brief: they don’t work when misapplied.  Besides that little nugget of perhaps unsurprising information, there is the fact that […]

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XXX Rated

What does a gal have to do to get a drink around here? Yesterday I read Marilyn Armstrong’s funny little item about internet searches that led to her blog. She was amused by the preposterous linkage. Got me to wondering about my own stats. Hey there! One from a Google search. Yay! Oh wait, that was me testing the system. My writing  style may sound prudish and tame. That’s the […]

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Strength in Numbers

How many, I wonder, will include somewhere in their daily post the line, “Today’s episode is brought to you by the number 26”? Well, add one more to the queue! Iron has played a supporting role in my life, starting with the television ads for Geritol. Not sure why they had such a strong impact on me. Most likely because there was a bottle of the stuff in the medicine […]

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