Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Significance of Swans

The swans on the River Thames had a calm aloofness, a quality I cherished about the Anglo-Saxon race. They know what they’re there for and, ignoring all interlopers they proceed at the stately pace to do it. They are known … Continue reading

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The Duke’s Boots

In recent Book Club event for my English cozy mystery “The Domino Deaths”, someone asked, “What are Wellies?” and another reader answered for me: “Wellington boots.” Anyone who has spent any time in England (or any other soggy climate) remembers … Continue reading

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Public Speaking Gigs

Helen Vanderberg has been a Toastmaster since 2006, coming up through the ranks as a Competent Communicator with 10 Speeches under her belt, a further 5 Storytelling speeches and another 5 Speaking to Inform, earning her the Advanced Speaker Bronze … Continue reading

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Cracking the Code of Courteous Conversation

In a multicultural society it’s important to be aware of your Likability Index. Often it’s difficult to judge whether you have hurt someone’s feelings unless you are aware of what their culture considers rude. For example: for Americans and northern … Continue reading

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Grandparent Alert

One thing about grandparents: they can be a court of last resort in fights between the child’s parents. Not to settle any “discussions,” rather to form stable base, someone who’s always there, or at least accessible. Today’s parents are under … Continue reading

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