communication, compassion, Lloyd Osler, people skills -

As we entered 2019, or were dragged kicking and screaming into it, perspective, the new year is always a time for reflection.  For some, it’s about New Year’s resolutions, of which few are ever kept.  January exercise equipment sales equals August garage sales.  For others, the new year is a new beginning for adventure and opportunity.  For all of us, it’s a new opportunity to make a difference.

The origin of the expression, “It’s not my table”, is anecdotal in nature. I personally became aware of it as a teenager.  Those awkward situations when trying to get the attention of a diner server, who announced, “Sorry, it’s not my table”.  I think we can all relate to the frustration that results, the sense that, at that moment, we just didn’t matter.  What an empty feeling.

Read more

communication, community, conversation, Lloyd Osler, technology -

A couple of weeks ago, I took my lovely bride of forty-three years, out to one of our favourite vegan restaurants.  Sitting off to the side from us, was a charming young couple, I would estimate in their late twenties.  The first thing they did when they sat down was to take out their smart phones and start texting. Not the kind of texting that say, “We are at dinner, talk later”, but it appeared they were texting each other, at least in part because one or the other would burst out laughing, even though they had hardly exchanged a...

Read more

blog, communication, history, journal, Lloyd Osler, pen, writing -

Long before the first commercial typewriter (1878), and now computer, tablets and smart phones, mankind discovered one of the most profound tools of all time. No it’s not fire or the wheel.  It’s the writing instrument.  From the early cave drawings to the nineteenth century, the history of humankind was recorded with some form of writing instrument.  Where would we be without it?  Writing, much like reading,  was considered a measure of the “educated”.  Even as late as the mid to late 1900’s, penmanship was still taught in schools and was seen as a valuable asset. A means to communicate thoughts, ideas, even love.

Read more