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Paddling to hear the angels singing

I spent several years as camper, guide, counsellor, and finally program director at Camp Mazinaw. The camp ethos revolved around the canoe. All of us were trained to become confident in our cedar strip vessels in all kinds of conditions. We were taught how to make this nimble dev ...

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When we knew some shit

November 3, 1993 · We’d finished off a few pounds of Gordie Howitzer’s Elbows (chicken wings for the uninitiated). Estelle wandered by checking the status of our pints. Homer’s glass was near empty and he nodded for a refill of whatever watered-down near-beer he was drinking. I c ...

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It may now be time to alert Search & Rescue

In November of 2016, I produced a bit of honey here that garnered some attention. · https://www.bebee.com/producer/@don-kerr/are-the-bebee-waters-getting-choppy-time-to-launch-a-rescue-vessel · In the article, I posited that beBee was experiencing some evident growing pains but t ...

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The history of stupidity

"We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let's face it, is mostly the history of stupidity." · Stephen Hawking Do you have a fascination with history? Do you have a minor interest or does it avoid your radar entirely? · I can’t get away from it. While a proponen ...

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Soul force and the immortal part of history

This has been such a messed up year with so much filth, so many falsehoods, the legitimization of outright misogyny, the globally-dangerous ravings of a sick man occupying the White House, rampant racism and glorification of the lunatic fringes of society, the incessant acts of t ...

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The wisdom of Paul Rand and why you should never cheap out on design

November 30, 2017 · Just four of Paul Rand's* remarkable logos. · “Design is the silent ambassador of your brand.” - Paul Rand* · Author in Source TitleHow do you establish the value of design? How do you place a monetary value on what, to many, appears simple? · This is an issue ...

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Cancer tails: Why our lives will never be cancer free and why we must take sides

I posted the following on my site Riding Shotgun (https://ridingshotgun.squarespace.com/) yesterday and posted a link to it as a buzz on beBee. The piece garnered some interesting responses (one in particular which I hope to share with you when/if I get the author's permission) s ...

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Transformational Mindfulness Stress Reduction - A very special offer

Regular readers will know that my wife, Kate Kerr, is a highly-respected Mindfulness consultant. She recently posted the following on her FB company page and because I am such an enthusiastic supporter of both her and the benefits of mindfulness I am sharing it here. For any of y ...

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Vulgarize, brutalize or elevate. Lessons from the ad world.

It was 1978 when my travels down the road of marketing communications began. · That road took me to the villages of advertising, public relations, promotion, public affairs, direct mail, special events, sponsorship, newsletters, employee communications, annual reports, blah, blah ...

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How often do you reflect and remember?

A few weeks ago Kate, many of our breast cancer community and I lost a remarkable person and friend Catherine Brunelle. · Since her death Kate and I have thought of her every day. There is no morbidity in our memories and daily reflection. There is though something remarkable tha ...

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"This life has truly been a win." Catherine's last post.

Very early on the morning of July 29, 2017 my friend Catherine wrote her last post. Later that day she was gone. Taken so goddamned early. · Kate and I met Catherine and her incredible husband Szolt early in our joint travels through the raging waters of breast cancer. She struck ...

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La complacencia es el enemigo - y porqué beBee es un poderoso foro para el cambio social

N.B. I don't speak Spanish worth a lick. Sure, I can order something in a restaurant 'Dos cervezas por favor' and find out where to go after I've completed that order three or four times '¿Dónde está el baño?' and then order something to fill my gut '¿Podría tener dos burritos y ...

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Complacency is the enemy - from Dylan Thomas to Howard Beale and why beBee is a powerful forum for social change

The shocking acceptance of lies. · The embrace of patently false commentary. · The awfulness of bare-faced collusion and rampant self interest. · The get-richer-at-any-cost approach to public policy. · The adoption of pure falsehood as fact. · The polarization of community revolv ...

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The road to nothingness - an experience with mindfulness

Mindfulness is apparently on everyone's radar these days and for good reason. We're increasingly and maddeningly succumbing to the stress we apparently welcome and seek out in our modern-day lives of busyness. · It's crazy really what we're doing to ourselves. · My wife, Kate, wa ...

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The tyranny of secrets - stories not told

“E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle. · And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.” · William Styron · © Copyright 2017, Don Kerr, Don Kerr Writes - All rights reserved. · don@donkerrwrites.com · https://donkerrwrites.squarespace.com · https://ridingshotgun.squarespa ...

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You can't fix it but you can make it better

On November 3, 2011, I received a phone call while waiting in line to pick up my sons, 2 and 4, from school. On the other end of the line was my wife’s GP advising me that Kate had a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. The ensuing months brought bewilderment, fear and ange ...

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When life gives you lemons - serve up some seafood!

The common expression is 'when life gives you lemons - make lemonade!' · But sometimes the common solution is not the one which promises the greatest return. · Since launching my book 'Riding Shotgun - a book for men and the partners they care for' · this past February, I experie ...

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Breaking the cycle

Second in a series · It has been my privilege recently to do some interviewing and copywriting for Burlington Foundation (http://burlingtonfoundation.org/). · Through Burlington Foundation’s unique endowment funds, individuals, families, corporations and community groups can make ...

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A rising tide floats all boats

It has been my privilege recently to do some interviewing and copywriting for Burlington Foundation (http://burlingtonfoundation.org/). · Through Burlington Foundation’s unique endowment funds, individuals, families, corporations and community groups can make a difference in the ...

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Take this algorithm and shove it!

Forty years ago Donald Lytle (a.k.a. Johnny Paycheck recorded ‘Take this job and shove it’. (http://tinyurl.com/kvnynlo)The country & honky tonk artist, (born in that hotbed of country music Greenfield, Ohio) was more than a one-hit wonder but only by a little bit. He sure had an ...

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