Author: LindaLee

Midday Matinee – Selling the Green Beans

My parenting and grandparenting approach has been to “sell” the experience to my kids and grandkids. I think kids take clues from how we present or react to things. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Yesterday I was giving my 6 month granddaughter green beans. Her mom had tried and couldn’t get any in. I mixed the beans with a bit of rice cereal and got into totally emotive selling mode. I smiled. I grinned. I smacked my lips. I said “yum yum.” I...

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Midday Matinee – “New Canadians”

Immigrants to the US are walking into Canada in bitter cold weather. The fear raised by the president’s muslim ban has sent people looking for the Canadian dream. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. President Trump’s immigration muslim ban started an exodus. Canada knows what it wants: high-skilled workers and business entrepreneurs like Thomas. As such, Canada assigns points to prospective newcomers for job skills, education and language proficiency. They don’t even call them immigrants. “In Canada, we do refer to immigrants as ‘new...

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Midday Matinee – Like a Business?

45’s pitch was that he was a ‘successful businessman’ who would show us all how to run the government like a business. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Mitt Romney made something of the same claim touting his business experience. Trump had a best selling book, The Art of the Deal to back up his claims. His ghostwriter would disagree. What do voters think when they hear this line from Republicans? How many voters have experience in business other than as customers? Most people...

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Midday Matinee – You Are Not the Boss of Me!

My then three year old son uttered the words, “You are not the boss of me” to his older brother during a sibling conversation. It became a family quote often repeated. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Reflecting on the question of who exactly is the boss of me got me to thinking. There are issues of control and power implied in the question. Who has the power? Who has the control? In a work situation, the ‘boss’ has control over what is expected...

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Midday Matinee – Hard Realities

My youngest is 37 and graduated from high school in 1998. A hard reality of losing classmates to disease is hitting him. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. One acquaintance died yesterday. He had a brain tumor. He leaves a wife and two daughters ages 4 and 6. He was diagnosed when the youngest was a baby. My son’s Facebook page exploded with photos and memories and a collective outpouring of grief and support. This young man had done a lot of things right....

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