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I’ve attended, mostly unwillingly, a vast array of team building exercises, events and rituals. So has Andrew and Marilyn and every other employee on the planet. The evening sleigh ride event when I was the bank, Andrew’s afternoon of horseback riding in the Rockies, and Marilyn’s recent team painting class come to mind as just a few examples. Do you know what I remember about that sleigh ride...

I Can See Clearly Now

Until this year, I’ve spent my life taking my eyes for granted. In my thirties I had laser surgery to go from Coke-bottle glasses to no glasses. I had both eyes done at the same time. After promising the receptionist that I was on my way home to rest, I returned to the office and watched with amazement as I saw further and further into the Prairie vista as the day went on. (That was in the...

The Truman Show

The Truman Show was a 1998 movie starring Jim Carrey who plays Truman Burbank, an ordinary happy guy who grew up living an ordinary life until he discovers he has been on tv his whole life with everyone else populated by actors for a television show about him. In the last  week or so, I feel a little like Truman. In the pandemic’s early weeks and months, we all were at home making DIY cat toys...

Using my words

A patient parent with a toddler rolling around on the floor, screaming for ice cream, will sometimes say, “Use your words, sweetie”. I am usually pretty good with words and there is much I want to tell you – but I feel like that toddler right now. Last Wednesday, I had a Zoom call with the whole PGB team and shared the news that we would not be re-opening in Markham, in the...

Bread Baskets

One thing I miss right now is bread baskets. Yes, I do have one in my cupboard somewhere and I could pull it out, line it with a napkin, and stick bread in there. Put it on the table at dinner. I could even put in good bread, there are some good bread bakeries open here in Toronto. That’s not my point. What’s missing is the element of surprise and delight that a breadbasket holds, I see now. Like...

Could it be…life again?

The world is coming back to life. I can feel it. I’m sure you can too. As tulip bunches in pink, purple, and yellow fill the buckets outside the local convenience store, the headlines are about businesses cleared to open, with more to come. The streets here in Toronto are cautiously busier. It’s hopeful and wonderful. Feeling like this, it’s easy to forget about PGB’s maxed extended line of...

Magnolia Bakery’s Icebox Pies

Since sheltering-in-place started, I’ve been trying to write a blog post every week because, you know, there is time and all. The problem is that time is not the only requirement for writng an interesting post. It is also helpful to be actually doing something other than making homemade cat toys with empty paper towel rolls. The cats DO love them. All you have to do is tape the rolls in a pyramid...

Slow learners like me

Years ago, my very busy sister cleared out her entire calendar, both personal and work, and threw away her entire To-Do list in under 30 minutes. I will never forget it. In the afternoon of the day her 7-year old son was diagnosed with a highly malignant brain tumor, Leslie called her employer, the charities she volunteered at, the community associations she participated in, and her curling...

Irritable bowel syndrome

I wish there was a sexier name for IBS. I didn’t even know I had it until a few years ago, when my doctor said matter of factly, “You have Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. All I knew was that for as long as I can remember, I’ve experienced abdominal pain that is highly correlated to stress. I was a studious kid who hated any form of physical activity and when I was 9, the school...

Feelings

My fancy daily schedule didn’t get used much last week. Turns out, Week 2 of social isolation was a week of feelings. I had a lot of them. I miss my business. I miss talking to Christina about the digital ad campaigns, seeing the beautiful photos. I miss my Monday morning management team meetings, hearing what’s going on, someone’s latest escapade on the weekend, Andrea’s laugh. I miss...

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