Grand Pursuit

Sylvia Nasar I recently attended a lecture at the Rotman School of Business by Sylvia Nasar, author of the book (made into a movie)  A Beautiful Mind .  She was speaking about her new book , Grand Pursuit, The Story of Economic Genius.   It describes the history of money and people, economic efficiency, social justice,…

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Waving Our Own Flag

One unit stands out from all the rest. Standing out has its risks and its rewards.   I lived in Montreal for a time and always felt a “check me out” energy vibrating in that city.   In Toronto, a city I have grown to love,  I pick up a different energy, more of a “what are…

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Stop the stop

Freeze.   Don’t go left.  Don’t go right.  Don’t go forward.  Stop. We’re familiar with the phrase fight or flight.  Neuro-science now introduces us to the freeze response as an integral link in the survival chain.  It’s an animal reaction.  When my dog is scared by a loud sound she stops dead, suddenly incapable of jumping up…

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Roberta and Her Soul

“What are you feeling?”  This question that can shut you down  or open you up , depending on how you are at the time and who’s doing the asking.  “How are you?”     “OK.” “ Fine.”   “Good.”   One word, a single image, doesn’t even touch the reality of our emotional  responses to our lives.  We are collages…

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Starry Night-Goodbye Jack

I stood at Riverdale hill just south of the Danforth and looked out over the wide expanse of parkland that skirts Toronto’s downtown and saw a clear night sky.  Downtown buildings were alight and awash with ‘orange’ for the honourable Jack Layton.  Developers had decked the many building cranes off in the distance and they stood in ‘orange’…

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