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8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M.

Here are some great tips on how to unplug and recharge. These suggestions are from a column written by Elle Kaplan in Thrive Global of LinkedIn:  “8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M. If You Want to Be Happy and Successful — Wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.”   Elle Kaplan tells you hows you how to set yourself up to have a more productive day.   Strolls by the moonlight Adopt a routine of nighttime walks to decompress.   Unplug. Literally. Unplug everything besides your alarm clock, and watch the tension recede. Unplugging is also…

Wonderful Aphorisms

An aphorism is a short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation or a general truth… like these gems: The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail. If you don’t have a sense of humor you probably don’t have any sense at all. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of…

Q: Who’s on your special party guest list?

Here is a wonderful question to pose while swirling your cocktail on New Year’s evening. It is sure to prompt a lot of interesting conversations. In planning for a New Year’s Eve party, you are given a magical opportunity to invite a total of 3 people currently living and 3 people from the past.  Aside from all your immediate friends and family members, who would be on your special guest list? For the record, here’s who would be at a George party: Sir John A Macdonald Ernest Hemingway Ralph Waldo Emerson Bruce Springsteen Bob Gainey John Irving   Chris George provides reliable PR &…

Top 10 Christmas Record Breakers

Here is an interesting list of some pretty amazing Christmas records. Biggest selling Christmas song is Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The song was written by Sir Bob Geldof, and sold fifty million copies and continues to be a holiday favorite today! The world’s largest gift was the Statue of Liberty. The people of France gave it to the US in 1886. It’s 151 feet, 1 inch high and weighs 225 tonnes. The most valuable Christmas card was sold at an auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK in 2001 for £20,000 (approx. $40.000). The card was originally sent by…

More questions for “Over the Eggnog Bowl” (5)

Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? It used to be that at a party one should never discuss religion, sex and politics. Does this still stand? Are there other subjects that need to be added to this list of avoidable conversations? Do sports make life more bearable? Are sports akin to religion, alcohol or a literal pastime? Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? When was the last time you lied?  Do you lie when you do not voice truth?…

Over the Eggnog Bowl (4)

Merry Christmas! Is it time to insist that “Christ” is put back into “Christmas”? Is Santa coming to your family this Christmas? You do believe in Santa, right!? Joy is found with simple awareness.  What does your joy look like today? At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? If I gave you $20, what percentage would you – really – save?  If I gave you $200,000, what percentage would you save?  Should there be a difference? Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? How come the things that make you…

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?…

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 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? What’s…

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…