By George Treasury ~ Book II

By George Treasury IIToday we are releasing our latest treasure album. By George Treasury ~ Book II picks up where the first treasury collection ends. Released as an e-book, this compilation spans five years of By George Journal postings – 2009 through 2013.

The book offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs. And so, page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

In the frontpiece of the book, I state the treasury edition “marks another milestone for us as active advocates and wordsmiths of an independent PR firm. After returning to the Ottawa area from more than a decade in Niagara, we realize we’re basking in the dawn of a new chapter of our lives. So, at this time, it seems fitting to produce another treasury volume of our journal entries which will allow us to turn over new journal pages – both literally and figuratively.”

Pick up your copy of this e-book for only $5.00 from our e-bookshelf.

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The By George editorial mission is to share provocative thoughts on the pages of this on-line journal, on our Facebook page, and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into our readers’ days.  Visit the pages of this By George Journal for our regular posts. Also, join us in our other media:

 

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Through this Fall, we are celebrating the lead up to CG&A COMMUNICATIONS’ 20th birthday (that special date is in January).  We are releasing a few e-books on political jokes from the campaign trail, political quotes, new creative writings, as well as the publication of By George Treasury II.  

 

We are looking forward to the next three months and an active on-line dialogue with our followers. Consider joining the By George conversation.

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The By George editorial mission is to share provocative thoughts on the pages of this on-line journal, on our Facebook page, and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into our readers’ days.

 

This Fall we will bring readers more thoughtful quotes and useful top-ten lists, more insights into effective communications tactics and musings on Government. We also plan to release an e-book on political jokes from the campaign trail, a By George Treasury II, as well as new creative writings.   

 

Make it a habit to visit this journal a couple times a week to view the posts.  And consider joining the greater By George conversation on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn. We look forward to our exchanges.

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Cyber Monday is a marketing term created by American companies to persuade people to shop online. It falls on the Monday after Black Friday, the Friday following the American Thanksgiving Weekend.

 

The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org and in 2006 the on-line company launched the CyberMonday.com portal, a one-stop shop for Cyber Monday deals. In the seven years since, this phenomenon has taken off. In 2010, comScore reported the first-ever $1 billion online shopping day ($1028M), an increase of 16 percent over 2009. In 2011, comScore reported that Cyber Week saw US consumers spend over $6 billion online from November 28 to December 2.

 

Cyber Monday came to Canada in 2008. According to a National Post 2010 article, an estimated 80% of Canadians were expected to participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Last year about 80% of online retailers in Canada were participating in Cyber Monday. In 2012, this day, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS enters the on-line sales frenzy offering our readers two bundled packages with value savings of 50%.

 

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Inspiration Bundle

When you purchase one of three striking By George Inspirations posters, you will also receive a print copy of The By George Treasury and a package of 14 “What a Wonderful World” scenic note cards.  This is a value of $70 for the price of $35.  Order your Inspiration Bundle today only!

E-Treasury Bundle

When you purchase an on-line copy of The By George Treasury, you will also electronically receive our moving collection of verse, A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul and our quotes collection 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government. This is a value of $20 for the price of $10.  Order your E-Treasury Bundle today only!

 

Sources of inspiration and motivation

By George Journal offers e-books, posters and other materials that serve as sources of inspiration and motivation – all available on-line in our By George Store.

Our latest addition to the store has been a series of scenic note cards featuring David Demoe’s trips to Africa, California, Nova Scotia, as well as his local treks through the Niagara Region. (The accompanying photo displays the seven remarkable photos that grace the cover of these blank-inside note cards. Click on the image to see larger, clearer photos.)

There are also available 3 striking By George Inspirations posters that feature evocative quotes and remarkable imagery.

We currently have four publications on the e-bookshelf:  Becoming Better Communicators – a self-empowering handbook to improve your workplace and social exchanges; A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul – a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes; 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government – a compilation of favourite, remarkable quotes; and, By George Treasury – a potpourri collection of the very best from the early years of By George.

There is also a selection of memorable one-pagers – Bulletin Board Wisdom – that are free to print off for use in your workplace or at your next social.

All materials can be purchased via PayPal in the By George Store.

3 top posts of 2011: On becoming Google-stupid, a digital dummy

As we become more computer dependent, there is an emerging argument that we are fast becoming intellectual mutants. Does increased screen time equate directly to a devolving humanity?

A few nights ago, our family saw an interesting and frightening CBC documentary entitled “Are We Digital Dummies?” This is worth every minute of your time!

As we cope with our wired world, we’re at the point that we must begin probing whether we can think for ourselves and socially interact? Are we all fast becoming “Google-stupid”?

Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winning economist, wrote: “What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” And for those who believe that information is power, Albert Einstein warned: “Information is not knowledge.”

The documentary and these learned reflections took me back to a previously written article that was first published in the By George Treasury.  In this excerpt, we make a few suggestions for dealing with our modern day info-glut.

       It is the amount of data that a person is expected to absorb that is scary. Consider that a daily edition of the N.Y. Times contains as much information as the average 17th century person would have come across in an entire lifetime. At our workplace, the average corporate worker receives 191 messages – 51 phone calls, 39 e-mails, 16 internal memos, and 20 items of outside mail. 

       The amount, and pace are becoming unbelievable. We offer some hints on how you might avoid receiving so much… and give yourself some healthy ‘headspace.’  

  •  Find a place of your own and sit and close your eyes for five – fifteen minutes, in the morning, noon and night.
  • Don’t take work or work related materials to bed with you.
  • Don’t take reading materials – or your blackberry or iPad – to the washroom (this could be your five – fifteen minute mental break).
  • At home, turn the TV – and all screens – off at least two hours at night.
  • Travel to work with the radio/i-pod off at least half your travel time.
  • At work, schedule time when you will concentrate on a single screen and not answer phones or e-mails. 

So, do you need to find a road to recovery? Step one to a better life-computer balance is recognizing the threats of your daily routines. Begin by watching “Are We Digital Dummies?” Step two would be to unplug for one evening and think this through for yourself.

(ed. – This is a repost, picked as one of our favourite three posts of 2011, taken from the earlier posts on the By George Journal.  The original post is found here.)

 

E-books available @ the By George Store

We have three e-book offerings at this time at the By George Store.          

                 

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes to inspire and motivate a person through their day. From dawn to dusk, the reader is encouraged to reflect on their daily activities – and challenged to a new level of understanding about man and about life.

1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government includes remarkable quotes from Machiavelli to Churchill, from the Greeks to American influencers, and Canadian Prime Ministers from Macdonald to Harper. 

By George Treasury is a collection of the very best from By George from its launch in the mid-1990’s to 2008. This compilation offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs (see further description below). 

Our By George Store makes the following publications available as PDF files which can be read on your e-readers or at your desktops. (Note that the By George Treasury is also available in print and can be mail-ordered.)  

Payments for these publications can be made on-line via PayPal.

By George Treasury

   

   “There’s so much in the book. I spent the whole week of my vacation leafing through the articles and jokes.” – a recent comment from a satisfied reader.  

   The By George Treasury is available in our on-line store – as both e-book or print edition.

   This treasury compilation has been selected from the more than one thousand articles from more than a decade of our writings. We have looked back to gather lists of some of the most remarkable quotations, classic wordplay, puns and quizzes, editorials, the best of the humour over the years, and the 15-most popular feature articles to have appeared in the publication. From the initial editorial found in the very first edition, through to the slew of jokes in the summertime 2008 issue, we have picked the crème de la crème.

   Visit: http://cgacommunications.com/main/?page_id=263

Thoughts of Inspiration and Motivation

By George Journal has always been a labour of love. Many will know that pre-dating this on-line journal we published a regular newsletter.  The best from more than one thousand articles in 50 By George issues is captured in our company’s 15th-year anniversary collection By George Treasury.

Just as we have always done, we continue with this on-line journal to provide our readers with meaningful and thought-provoking quotes. We routinely compile thoughts from our favourite thinkers, on specific issues, or reflecting a holiday or special event. Through the years, hundreds of articles listing quotes and verse have been produced. To complement this effort, in this last year, @ByGeorgeJournal has begun daily tweets of inspiration and motivation.

These comments lead us to share news of the release tomorrow of a special compilation of writings, verse and quotes. In our e-book publication, we present pages of words to inspire and motivate – thoughts to enrich one’s perspectives of life and its daily challenges. We are thrilled to be adding this e-book to our By George offerings – continuing with our objective to share select, profound thoughts that we might all make use of to better understand both ourselves and our world. More on our new publication tomorrow…

On becoming Google-stupid, a digital dummy

As we become more computer dependent, there is an emerging argument that we are fast becoming intellectual mutants. Does increased screen time equate directly to a devolving humanity?

A few nights ago, our family saw an interesting and frightening CBC documentary entitled “Are We Digital Dummies?” This is worth every minute of your time!

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/doczone/video.html?ID=1651031614

As we cope with our wired world, we’re at the point that we must begin probing whether we can think for ourselves and socially interact? Are we all fast becoming “Google-stupid”?

Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winning economist, wrote: “What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” And for those who believe that information is power, Albert Einstein warned: “Information is not knowledge.”

The documentary and these learned reflections took me back to a previously written article that was first published in the By George Treasury.  In this excerpt, we make a few suggestions for dealing with our modern day info-glut.

It is the amount of data that a person is expected to absorb that is scary. Consider that a daily edition of the N.Y. Times contains as much information as the average 17th century person would have come across in an entire lifetime. At our workplace, the average corporate worker receives 191 messages – 51 phone calls, 39 e-mails, 16 internal memos, and 20 items of outside mail. 

The amount, and pace are becoming unbelievable. We offer some hints on how you might avoid receiving so much… and give yourself some healthy ‘headspace.’  

  • Find a place of your own and sit and close your eyes for five – fifteen minutes, in the morning, noon and night.
  • Don’t take work or work related materials to bed with you.
  • Don’t take reading materials – or your blackberry or iPad – to the washroom (this could be your five – fifteen minute mental break).
  • At home, turn the TV – and all screens – off at least two hours at night.
  • Travel to work with the radio/i-pod off at least half your travel time.
  • At work, schedule time when you will concentrate on a single screen and not answer phones or e-mails. 

So, do you need to find a road to recovery? Step one to a better life-computer balance is recognizing the threats of your daily routines. Begin by watching “Are We Digital Dummies?” Step two would be to unplug for one evening and think this through for yourself.