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Over the Eggnog Bowl (3)

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? Has your greatest fear ever come true? Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? What’s something you know you do differently than most people? What’s your single greatest moment of personal failure?  Looking back on it now, did it make you weaker or stronger?  What did you learn? If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? When you help someone, do you ever think, “What’s in it for me?” What…

Over the Eggnog Bowl (2)

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? If your life was a novel, what would be the title and how would your story end? If you could be given another talent or ability, what would you want it to be?  Have you ever – really – tried to perfect this ability in yourself?…

3 Tips on being a Good Conversationalist

This is the season of Christmas socials, year-end parties, and gatherings of colleagues, friends and family. Like no other time of year, we enjoy cocktails, plenty of delicious foods, and endless conversations. So, By George Journal asks, ‘What makes a good conversationalist?’  Here are three pointers to be that ‘gracious host’ or that ‘guest you must remember to invite again next year.’ #1.  A good conversationalist is a great listener. When people engage in conversation, most feel that what they have to say is important. Nothing signals more to a person that you are interested in them than to give undivided attention to what they…

Perfect conversation starters for over the eggnog bowl

As we enter year-end festivities, inevitably, we will find ourselves at cocktail parties or dinner settings where we will be reaching for a topic of discussion. To help us through this season, By George Journal will provide some questions and observations that can serve as perfect conversation starters.  In the next few days, we’ll call this conversational thread “Over the Eggnog Bowl”. Here are a dozen questions to start us off – enjoy your talks! How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?…

With Eggnog, you know the holiday season is upon us!!

It’s an eggnog bowl! Let the festivities begin! Here’s a recipe for traditional – real eggs and cream – eggnog. Enjoy! Cheers!   Ingredients 12 eggs, separated 6 cups milk 2 cups heavy/ thickened cream 2 cups bourbon 1+ 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup brandy 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg Directions In a large bowl and using a mixer, beat the egg yolks together with the sugar for approx 10 minutes (you want the mixture to be firm and the colour of butter). Very slowly, add in the bourbon and brandy – just a little at a time. When bourbon and…

The Dead Horse Theory

This theory is sometimes referred to as “Government’s Political Correctness.” Here’s the predicament:   The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount, then get another horse.” However, in Government, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: buying a stronger whip changing riders appointing a committee to study the horse arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included reclassifying the dead horse…