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little things

  Toastmaster Speech Title: Little Things Delivered on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 (in Bowmanville, Ontario)   We all want big things. Big houses. Big bank accounts. Big beautiful cars. The bigger, the better. But what if we’re missing something. What if the meaning...

fail better

  Toastmaster Speech Title: Fail Better Delivered on Wednesday, January 19th, 2018 (in Oshawa, Ontario)   “Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better”. Samuel Beckett   Failure is such a natural act of being human, but you wouldn’t know it,...

ten minas

Toastmaster Speech Title: Ten Minas Delivered on Tuesday, November 28th, 2018   I am forty-five years old, and I feel as though my entire life has been a long preparation for this very moment. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, I learned about elite performers and...

words matter

  Words Matter: a somewhat accurate history of the English language (Speech No. 3)   In the beginning was the word. More accurately, it all starts with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.  They are important.  They are very important, because we sing many songs in...

look to the stars

  Look to the Stars:  you are not the sum-total of your mistakes (Speech No. 2)   We are all very familiar with the greatest mind of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein, and his theory of relativity.  I say familiar, because the formula E=MC2 is very much a part of...

what is abundance anyway?

  I wrote this speech and delivered it yesterday, on August 8th, 2017, at a Toastmaster's Meeting.  This was my first opportunity to speak.  It was an icebreaker that asked for me to introduce myself.  There are many things I could have said, but I decided to take...