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by Maddalena Di Gregorio

Stop Boring Your Audience

How many laborious and painful presentations have you had to sit through, and how many tiresome presentations have you hosted? No matter how great a speaker you may be, chances are you’ve bored more than your fair share of audiences. Remember that people only retain 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, and 70% of what they hear and see.

The Winter of Our Discontent

Many of you are probably familiar with Steinbeck’s novel, The Winter of Our Discontent, which essentially means now we are in a period of misery. The combination of extreme heat, fires, droughts, flooding, supply chain, and transportation disruptions, plus the disproportionate price hikes of fuel and electricity means that we will be seeing a lot less food on store shelves this winter. Meanwhile the rich will keep partying and flying around in their private jets just as they did during the Corona Virus Pandemic.

How To Become An Astute Consumer

As much as shopping online has opened us up to a big wild world of endless consumer goods it has also opened up a deep dark vortex where people get sucked into a scrolling stupor. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate and have enjoyed the convenience of online shopping as much as anyone else, especially during the pandemic lockdowns. But there is a downside to all of this.

Digital Artwork by Maddalena Di Gregorio

Confessions Of A Serial Boot Collector

When I was nine years old, in Northern Montreal, I used to take a shortcut through a field to get to school. One winter day, crossing the frozen field, I crashed through the ice. Luckily for me, it was not deep. It was scary and freezing. I managed not to lose my boots which were weighed down with icy water. I walked in those wet soggy boots for the rest of that winter, they never dried up. I told no one, especially not my mother, for she was a very strict and incredibly thrifty woman, perhaps not by choice. Those boots were meant to be worn until I grew out of them. Raising three children on one measly salary, was a feat, requiring sacrifices and creative solutions.

Will Insistent Droughts Lead To Water Wars?

If you type “water shortage” in Google you’ll get about 86,300,000 results, whereas the term Water wars gets 654 million results, clearly indicating that many of us are feeling disturbed and perhaps imagining the worst case scenarios for the near future.

Coffee Rituals

From stovetop, drips, home espresso machines to Nespresso, the choices are endless when it comes to choosing how we want to engage in this daily ritualistic pleasure. This post is dedicated to stovetop coffee makers. A stovetop Moka, in my opinion, is the best, cheapest and simplest way to really enjoy the ritual of coffee making at home.

Make It Worth My While

I’m an existing customer and I’m your best customer. Make it worth my while and watch me turn into a loyal customer.

Growing your business should not solely focus on getting new clients. Getting your current customers to appreciate, value, and continue to use your products or services more often is just as important and provides surprising opportunities for increased revenue. So stop rewarding only new customers.

Can You Trust Your Intuition?

You have no idea how many times you’ve averted danger, simply by listening to your inner voice. When you chose to take an alternate route, leave early or later, or maybe cancel the appointment altogether because you were feeling uneasy about a situation. You might even twist an ankle or you might miss your flight, along with a variety of apparent mishaps that turn out to be blessings in disguise, so to speak.

Take A Chance On Me

I’ve always lied about my age because I knew it to be an issue right from the start. I used to add 10 years, whereas now I shave them off. Once I was under-qualified, so I padded my CV and now I’m over-qualified, so I trim it down. You’re dammed if you do and you’re dammed if you don’t.

The Rare Magic Of Colmar

The moment I stepped into the historic center of Colmar I thought I had just gone down the proverbial rabbit hole and landed in a fairytale town, where the buildings, set along the banks of the Ill River, are made of chocolate and cake, slathered in creamy colored frosting, set against the sky.

I QUIT

Certain aspects of life which we took for granted as a necessary evil in pre-pandemic times have been exposed as futile. Startling numbers have left their jobs since the pandemic hit. Forsaking security for new adventures in self-discovery and re-evaluating their lifestyle. Some found better pay, others freedom, and better work/life balance. The numbers alone have put into question the status quo of modern employment. People want more out of their short life, is that so difficult to understand? It depends on who you are talking with.

Inexperience Can Be Expensive

Myths surrounding older workers contribute to the loss of top employees from many organizations. Experienced, older workers possess qualities that most employers struggle to find. I can only speak for myself however I am certain a lot of people over 50 would agree with me when I say, ” I have more to bring to the table now, as a mature professional, than I ever had in the past. I have more experience, maturity, understanding, patience, vision, creative intellect, and know-how than I ever had, coupled with a burning desire to contribute, make a difference and share my consolidated skills and experience with new generations.

Elon Musk
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

This red arid-looking planet, named after the Roman War God Mars, has been luring mankind since it was first sighted by Galileo Galilei in 1610 and has once again gained notoriety. How feasible is the colonization of Mars? What are the major obstacles aside from water and harsh living conditions?

We Can’t Afford Another Tech Boom Here’s Why

Big Tech companies need to own up to their responsibilities and become active stakeholders in implementing a circular economy with designs that take into account not only the use of an object but its lifespan and recycling as well. Consumers should have the right to repair.

Resource-Rich Countries Of The Future

The metal industry may be faced with multiple issues but the path is clear, stakeholders need to be encouraged to commit to waste management, through recovery, recycling, and adhering to the principles of a circular economy.
The resource-rich countries of the future will be those that work to overcome the challenges linked to waste management and recycling while focusing on business practices that benefit society as a whole.

Long Term Food Security For Urban Areas

It’s truly delightful to see gardening traditions continued, whether on a small or large scale. These practices help us understand the importance of living close to the earth and do our part in creating a more sustainable future.

A Daily Dose Of Happiness

Life is made of ups and downs and these don’t come announced or have any particularly recognizable patterns. Life is full of surprises, some better than others. would be wise to get more acquainted with the sources of our unhappiness in order to navigate our way towards happiness.

Brain Interfaces: Evolutionary Advance Or Decline?

Some would argue that we are not ready for this leap. These developments would greatly increase both the efficiency and power of select individuals and organizations to monitor, regulate and respond. Just as we use tools to shape our world, the tools we use shape us.

Have We Forgotten How To Laugh At Ourselves?

Without shock, subversion, and a little bit of transgression comedy cannot fulfill its important social function. Laughter is revelatory and can awaken our awareness of injustices, as well as open our eyes to what is wrong in our world and needs fixing. Laughing unites people.

Remembering Diana Rigg

Growing up in the 1960s, young girls had practically no female role models that gave them permission to explore their wilder female nature and individual gifts and potentials, without constraints.

Will Cryptocurrency Transform The Way We Do Business?

More and more companies are warming up to the idea of cryptocurrency, and institutions are climbing on board in a significant way for the first time, while the tourism industry is ahead of the game, boasting some impressive partnerships with some of the world’s biggest online travel brands, all of whom are embracing crypto. Will cryptocurrency transform the way we do business? Some say it already has and it could eventually make banks obsolete. One thing is certain, cryptocurrency has transformed the money and finance landscape.

Facial Recognition – Friend or Foe?

Corporate surveillance, data mining, and profiling, GPS tracking, and wireless tracking have enhanced surveillance to new dizzying heights, never known before. Facial Recognition technology promises benefits at a cost. How much privacy are you willing to compromise?

How To Tell Quality Fabric From Cheap Fabric

Fabric is one of the most important components in our daily lives. From the clothes, we wear to the upholstery of our home furniture and cars, to our bed linen.  As a consumer, you owe it to yourself to know the difference between valued fabrics and cheap fabrics. because the fabric used will make all the difference.

Hickory vs Mesquite
The best smoked grilled meat combo plate

Beginners Guide On Using Hickory and Mesquite For Smoking Meat

For those of you not familiar with using smoke for cooking meat, think of using smoke in the same manner as you would use spices, garlic, ginger, curry, or basil in a dish you are preparing. Each one of these will give a distinct flavor to your dish and will either work for or against your dish, depending on how you use them.

Relocating Can Be A New Lease On Life

In a world where stability, continuity, and connections are valued, those who choose a more nomadic lifestyle, embark on a brave endeavor. However, relocating can give us a new lease on life, providing new stimulus and opportunities for personal growth.

Would You Rather Go To Mars Or Rebuild Earth?

So far, NASA, China and the United Arab Emirates all launched missions to mars in July, 2020. Always follow the money if you want a glimpse of the future. We are living at a time when the new frontiers to fight over are in cyberspace or outer space.

How To Take The Lead As A Newbie Copywriter

Becoming an accomplished writer is similar to forging a blade. A blade needs to be tempered through repeatedly heating, hammering and folding it, until the blade is fine, strong and sharp. The process can be demanding and laborious, if you want to secure your place amongst the sharpest of writers.

Why You Need A Brand Toolkit For Your Business

A brand is not your logo, a brand is a brand ambassador for your business and speaks on your behalf. It represents your company’s culture, image, reputation, and what it stands for. Your brand identity and your brand story are intimately connected. They are the emotional links and the lifeline between your company and your prospects. 

Why Sleep Is More Important Than Food

Humans can go up to three weeks without food whereas we can only manage, give or take, one week without sleep. The collateral effects of sleep deprivation can literally destroy us, slowly crippling us, sucking the joy out of life.

The Rise And Fall Of An Empire

The world was left speechless, when Kodak ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2012, leaving its legacy business and selling off all its patents. It was the fall of a giant and it reverberated throughout the business world.

Astrology A Tool For Self Evolution

Astrology has been with us for almost 2500 years, dating back to Babylonia. It has been used as a divinatory tool, by educated and powerful men and women, for centuries, including Theodore Roosevelt, Einstein and Carl Jung.

To this day Astrology has maintained its fascination and is considered a viable pseudoscience by many outstanding and high profile contemporaries, from politicians to some of your favorite movie stars.

Moving Past Fear – A Hero’s Journey

Our already exhausted sense of hope, for a bright future, collided and joined forces with an unannounced invisible enemy. A mysterious, insidious virus which has managed to catapult the entire planet in record time. Leaving us all feeling unprepared for what lies ahead, unleashing widespread panic and aggression in some instances.

We outdid ourselves, emptying shelves of food supplies, not to mention toilet paper and looking for undeserving scapegoats to blame.

How will we fare in this chapter of our story on earth? What sort of legacy are we leaving behind for future generations to discover about us, and how we coped during these challenging times?

STOP BORING YOUR EMPLOYEES TO DEATH

Removing a fixed workspace also means getting rid of an established community, lunch partners, friends. For managers it may prove more difficult to observe and evaluate their employees. There is the question of how much of a connection remote workers can form with their company if they only know their colleagues via group chats or Skype and have only seen the headquarters in photos.

RUNAWAY LINES

Growing up in an immigrant Italian family in Montreal was a turbulent experience and a formula for disaster. I was the eldest of three sisters. By the age of 14, I had done just about every illegal drug available. Before I reached my 17th Birthday I had run away from my family home and was headed across Canada to the West Coast.

Seamless pattern of a crowd of many different people profile heads. Vector background.

HOW TO SURVIVE CHANGES AND UNCERTAINTY USHERED IN BY COVID

We are living through trying times. Faced with an undefined future which transmutes into a menacing cocktail of anxiety, stress and panic. How can we live through and survive the changes which Covid has ushered in?

Is A Long Distance Relationship For You?

Long distance relationships are not for everyone. One thing you can expect from a long distance relationship is that you will be spending far more time on your own, than you would in a traditional relationship. Either way, it is important to understand the difference between feeling alone and loneliness.

AURA READINGS USED FOR DIAGNOSIS

An aura reading can be seen as an early diagnosis of a malfunction which needs addressing. Not all illness is rooted in the physical body. An aura reading can reveal blockages, mental and emotional, which can lead to physical issues. An aura reading can be an instrument to guide yourself and others in achieving a healthy balanced life and keep growing. It is an aid to becoming the best possible version of yourself.

DO IT YOURSELF CEDAR HOT TUBS

Everyone loves hot tubs, from the young to the old. Aside from the proven health benefits of hydrotherapy, a hot tub is an occasion to gather round with friends and family and make good memories.

THE MOST RELIABLE TREATMENT FOR SLEEP APNEA

Sleep Apnea can play havoc on the quality of one’s life and their partner’s life. The collateral effects of continued disruptive sleep patterns can also lead to other medical complications. Nowadays, thanks to the use of CPAP machines, living with sleep apnea no longer needs to be a challenge or pose risks to our health and wellbeing. V

Science and Spirituality

Science and Spirituality seem to exist at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both delve into matters concerning our existence and our reality. Where did we come from, where are we headed and why, are fundamental, existential questions we seek answers for. It does go deeper than wherefrom and whereto. Many of us have an intrinsic need to understand the nature of our reality.

BOOK REVIEW – Prospect Customers

The Woman Men Adore, is a culmination of Doctor Bob Grants’ counseling women and couples for almost two decades. More than a book, it is an engaging 5-step program, packaged in a 115 pages ebook, with specific real life examples

BRAND STORY

Improving agricultural productivity has always been at the heart of our business. MarkNature’s website and online shop may be new, however our experienced team of professionals, quality service and products are not.

THE GIFT THAT LASTS FOREVER

3 MIN READ: This short monologue is not for the faint of heart. These could be the words of a madman, a serial killer or a wise stern teacher, asking us to take a hard look at the inner and outer structures upon which we have created our lives. You decide.

MATING RITUALS

Saying that the greatest friendship is that created of opposites, might explain Patrick and Tony’s friendship. Two men made of entirely different cloth and weave. Patrick is a tight weave, like expensive Egyptian cotton compared to Tony’s weave, which is as loose as a fishnet intended for catching big fish. A funny tale of friendship, becoming a pet owner and finding love.

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

It’s Friday night and there is a full house. Annie is waiting for the featured act of the evening. Tonight she gets to carry a fancy looking gold tray with a glass of champagne to the dancer at the end of her act.

Water and Blood

10 MIN READ: Historically, the romantic basis of marriage has been regarded with ambivalence, although it offered the promise of happiness and personal fulfillment, these were generally considered imprudent. This is the story of a child bride in Canada’s prairies, post WWII

OUT OF PLACE

As a Photographer I had the opportunity to meet a variety of people from different cultures. I was let into their homes for births, weddings and other important moments which I would immortalize with my cameras. At times I have felt. out of place.

LOCKDOWN: A Brief Diary

I live in Lombardia, in the north of Italy where the Pandemic first made itself known to the Western World. It was a dark and trying time. I recorded an audio diary every day. I have started transcribing these.

LIVING WITH THE DEAD

12 MIN READ: “Purgatory is not meant to be easy Lucy, it’s a place where we pay for our sins, in order to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the gates of heaven and that can take years.
“That is a long time.” Lucy tries to imagine what years must feel like.
“Your uncle Fabio he was a good man, bless his soul, but he was no angel either, he could use a little extra help, men are weak when it comes to sins of the flesh, the flesh is weak. One day, when you‘re a woman Lucy, you’ll understand. Lucy makes a mental note to not commit any sins of the flesh.

LAVATORIUM

A short story inspired by the years spent working in Corporate settings. A comical look at the gap and contrast between the privileged and those less so.

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