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It’s March. It’s Almonte. (And a poem to sum it all up.)

March for the George Family means “Almonte.”

 

We’re weeks away from our Family’s move, leaving St. Catharines and Niagara for Almonte, a great, small town about 40 minutes from Ottawa’s downtown.   We’re all in a daze with the realization that the days and weeks leading up to our cross-Province trek will fly by. There is so much to do and only limited time now to do it. Hope to see and connect with many of our friends both in Niagara and in Ottawa in this next month. For those we will not have the precious time to talk to, I have tried to capture in verse my current thoughts as we leave our home to make a new one in Almonte. Until our paths cross again…

 

The Move

– So it’s a calculated move?

– Sorrta: the vineyards were fine for the wineries

but a working soul can wither in the Niagara sun

We chose to leave the magnificent web we had spun,

leave behind the comfort, contentment of the Briarfield lair

to jump into “the next phase of our lives”

into the deep end, with both feet

and now as we consider the many unknowns

that leap has us free falling into the future.

 

There is so much anticipated for Almonte

We know it as a colourful, caring small town

A Rockwellian Main Street that time passed by

filled with genuine folk who smile, nod and

go about their honest day’s business.

A wonderful home town to nurture a growing family.

 

We’re excited about exiting the road we’re on – for Main Street

Yet I am certain we are accelerating towards new realities:

Truths are exposed when no longer wrapped in familiarity

The status quo is challenged when there are no recognizable boundaries

Decisions are deliberately taken, one-step-at-a-time, when the path is unknown

 

– So, a calculated move: yes

We are convinced that it is a necessary journey

spanning both geographical and spiritual divides

to discover new streets, new people and new truths

to re-discover old feelings, buried muses and forgotten memories

to exhume those lifeless parts of ourselves,

prop them up in front of a mirror and

dare ourselves to realize the potential and promise

of our Family’s prospects, our dreams and hopes for Life’s adventures.

 

Chris George / March 2013

Our On-line Conversation

Weekly, By George shares dozens of motivational posts and provocative thoughts on the pages of this journal, on our Facebook page and with our regular tweets of quotes and helpful links. We are very pleased to be communicating with our circle through these means – and we welcome others to join in with the on-line conversation.

 

On Thursday this week, our e-newsletter was delivered (if you didn’t receive it, sign up for future issues.) The Latest features the wide variety of informative and entertaining posts that can be found in the By George Journal index of tags. Here’s a copy of the e-newsletter for those who missed it:  The Latest:  News of “Our Move” and our Journal.

 

Enter into the By George conversation on LinkedInFacebookTwitter – and we look forward to our exchange.

 

Provoking Thought. Providing Thoughtfulness.

Featuring Our Favourite 15 FB Wall Posters of 2012

Over the past few days, By George has re-posted our top-15-favourite wall posters of 2012 on our Facebook page. Readers will know that in past commentaries, we have argued the notion that FB wall posts are modern man’s hieroglyphics. When you skim through a FB timeline, it is akin to gazing over a wall in a pre-historic cave dwelling.

 

In featuring our favorite wall posters on Facebook, we are recognizing and celebrating those core messages By George strives to re-enforce in all its projects and writings. Our drive is to foster self-awareness, purpose and compassion in an increasingly complex and troubled world. Our editorial mission is to provide provocative and thoughtful ideas through articles in this writer’s blog, daily tweets @ByGeorgeJournal and, yes, the wall posters on our Facebook page.

 

Here is the #1 wall poster from 2012. You can view all 15 of our favourite posters by visiting the FB page of Chris George.

The Year Before Us

2013 is a wonderful new beginning for us at the By George Journal and CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. Our company enters its 20th year and we have many special on-line events through this year leading up to our 20-year milestone.

 

The By George Journal will continue to bring its readers interesting articles and content they can use in their workplace and social settings. We promise more political commentary, inspirational and motivational pieces, and tips on how to better communicate and how to be more effective at work. Stay current with the BGJ on Twitter and Facebook.

 

We have big plans for introducing more works to our e-bookshelf. (Watch for our first announcement in the BGJ later this week!)

 

CG&A COMM will be making a number of announcements through the year as well, as we move back to the Ottawa area and reconnect with our many friends in politics and business.

 

Lisa and I (and our network of CG&A colleagues) are looking forward to 2013 and the adventure before us. – Chris

 

Bons mots for a Happy New Year!

From the scribes at CG&A COMMUNICATIONS have a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2013! To toast to your health and happiness in the New Year, here is our collection of cheers!

 

NEW YEAR TOASTS

  • Here’s to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to things that are yet to come and to the memories that we hold.
  • As we start the New Year, let’s get down on our knees to thank God we’re on our feet.
  • May all your troubles in the coming year be as short as your New Year’s resolutions.
  • May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.
  • May the road rise up before you, and the wind be always at your back, and the good Lord hold you in the hollow of his hands.
  • May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.
  • Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last.
  • Welcome are those that are here; welcome all, and make good cheer; welcome all, another year.

 

NEW YEAR QUOTES

  • No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam. – Charles Lamb
  • Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.
  • A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
  • The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.– George William Curtis
  • New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday. – Charles Lamb
  • Each age has deemed the new-born year, the fittest time for festal cheer — Sir Walter Scott
  • The merry year is born, like the bright berry from the naked thorn. — Hartley Coleridge
  • Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. — Brooks Atkinson
  • Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. — Thomas Mann
  • An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in; a pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. – Bill Vaughan
  • Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve – middle age is when you’re forced to. – Bill Vaughn

 

NEW YEAR VERSE

We meet today

To thank Thee for the era done,

And Thee for the opening one.
– John Greenleaf Whittier

Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer,

With never a thought of sorrow;

The old goes out, but the glad young year

Comes merrily in tomorrow.
– Emily Miller

New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.

– Hamilton Wright Mabie

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.

– Henry Ward Beecher

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Our Cyber Monday Bundles – Click and Save Today

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%.

 

Today – click and save 50%

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!

 

Photographer Dave Demoe & “What a Wonderful World”

For over 25 years, Dave Demoe has been passionate about taking pictures. It’s been his hobby and pastime. When I first met him, he was snapping shots for our university residence newspaper. He’s always had a camera in his hand… I don’t think I ever remember a time Dave has not taken photographs.

Recently, the two of us launched a venture “What a Wonderful World” and, as a first project, we released a set of note cards. On the cards, Dave’s eye for natural beauty is clearly evident. In his own words, here is Dave’s perspective on his photo-taking adventures:  

       “I feel like I’m on this endless scavenger hunt, trying to find the most interesting location or structure or flower, whatever it is; and then framing that wonder so that people will need to take a second look, or they will actually say out loud, ‘Wow, now that is a thought-provoking photo!’  

       “At the end of the day, I know my passion for this activity comes from my joy of “being one with nature” and being able to escape the daily worries and hassles of work and life. Truly, it’s even more… Trekking along an escarpment trail is my form of refuge and it provides the “peace of mind” by being in God’s beautiful creation, being able to enjoy the abundance of beauty that truly surrounds us both locally and far away. There is just so much for humans to see, experience and absorb. I believe a great photograph can share the experience and a great photo can “tell a thousand words” if taken properly. I suppose this is my immodest goal that I strive to reach each time I pick up my camera and head out the door.”

Dave has a website Dave Demoe Photography where you can get access to his Flickr account and Facebook page.

You can order the What a Wonderful World note cards on-line ($15 for 14 cards) via the By George Store.

(ed. – This is a repost from May 2012)

The Latest: The Wacky and The Wonderful (our e-newsletter)

Our CG&A COMM scribes just issued their e-newsletter.

“The Latest: The Wacky and The Wonderful”

In this issue, we present the Top-10 Wacky and the Top-10 Most Wonderful By George Journal articles from the past 44 months of our on-line publication.   There is also information regarding the use of Google Adwords as well as our most recent e-book offering Becoming Better Communicators.

This is a newsletter of entertaining links. Click and enjoy the read!!

5 Pointers for Business Success with Social Media

Social media can give businesses a competitive edge by connecting with potential customers and have them “sold” – before they even walk through the door. No matter how big or affluent your company may be, the on-line world is a great equalizer – and a great connector. To that point, a recent Research In Motion survey found that 69% of small firms using social networks felt it helped them to compete more effectively with larger competitors. The survey also found that 53% of business leaders who use social networking were pursuing a growth strategy, while 70 % of those who don’t use social media were focused on cash management operations.

Though social media provides great opportunity, it is work.  It can be labour intensive and unproductive if you have not thought through a plan. SM activities can be a “black hole” without proper goals and measurements.

By George Journal has come across a very good summary of “dos and don’ts for businesses” engaged in social media initiatives. Here are some highlights of important advice passed on by Chris Maxwell, from Director magazine (as found on UK’s website Business Zone).  

  1. With sm activities and content development, be sure to channel your efforts – don’t simply add to the on-line noise. Don’t open too many accounts (which eventually will be left dormant). Pick the channel(s) that best suits your business needs.
  2. CEOs and executive teams must lead the organization’s on-line discussion(s). However, don’t let on-line postings and exchanges become a distraction to your enterprise.  
  3. Be sure to respond and to interact with customers. However, only answer when you have to – by providing intelligent, measured replies.
  4. Keep your voice “real” – no unnatural jargon or pitching.  Don’t fall into the spam trap. 
  5. Allocate enough staff to social media – but don’t allow sm activity to become “the black hole” of the office. Set goals. Provide guidelines.

Source: Busineszone.co.uk

And, here’s more related social-media and business tips from back-articles of the By George Journal:

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.

A Good Weekend-Read

Last week, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS circulated “The Latest”, our corporate e-newsletter. It is best described as “an ear-marked e-mail filled with “those-items-you-would-have-liked-to-see” (if you had the time, and weren’t washed away with in-coming messages).”

The Latest: A By George Delivery   

The e-newsletter featured “the good stuff” from our By George Journal – some of the more interesting posts from the first months of 2012. Here’s what you will find: 

  • Rejuvenate yourself – thoughts and questions to a more productive day
  • A helpful repost, “Tips for starting your week”
  • 10 simple truths smart people will forget
  • The Arena: a Lens onto Life – a poem about hockey and youth and parents (most viewed BGJ page of the last three months)
  • Chris George’s 3 Simple Rules for Writers
  • Albert Einstein: 10 Life Lessons – and more
  • The #1 Love Song (ever)
  • The Remarkable Video-Game Industry
  • BGJ’s inspirational posts
  • BGJ’s motivational posts
  • A new release:  Note cards capture the beauty of nature
  • Our announcement of the revamped company website: By George! Take a look now!
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic Buffalo-style chicken wing 

The e-newsletter also updates you on our volunteer efforts related to anaphylaxis advocacy, and provides information on our growing e-bookshelf and our company’s social media services.  

If you have missed it, this weekend have a read of The Latest: A By George Delivery.

Thoughts from the Niagara Economic Summit

Yesterday more than 400 people from across the Niagara Region attended the Niagara Economic Summit. The summit’s stated objective was to bring people together to focus on developing a blueprint to build a stronger economy in Niagara.

Though Niagara-based, the summit’s dialogue would have been instructive for almost all Canadian centres facing the challenges of a transforming economy, of globalization, and carrying the yoke of cumbersome, pervasive local government. 

Here are a few memorable thoughts from the meeting’s proceedings:

  • Dr. Jack Livingstone, President of Brock University, quoted our Governor General David Johnston: “Think Big. Start Small. Scale Up.” (This quote is properly attributed to Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-mart.)
  • They’ll be no home-runs. We’ll succeed with a whole bunch of singles and doubles; base-by-base. (There was a litany of sports analogies!)
  • Paul Knafeic, of Community Benchmarks, reported Niagara’s population base is “very dynamic.” In four years, we’ve had 39,000 people leave the area and 42,000 people move into Niagara.
  • Knafeic also reported that the Niagara Region is creating jobs. Though the Region has lost large-scale manufacturing jobs and some prominent companies have moved, Niagara has still experienced a net increase of almost 3% job growth. 
  • Government does not generate wealth, nor can it grow the economy; it’s role is to provide a favourable regulatory framework for economic growth.
  • Here’s a recurring question, “How do we begin to address the problem of accountability from our local business leaders and our politicians?”
  • General Rick Hillier motivational and inspirational comments on what it takes to be a leader cut to the core: 1) robustness/toughness, 2) optimism, 3) ruthlessness – and a great sense of humour to keep everything in perspective and to relieve your inner tensions.
  • General Hillier also forwarded: “A big part of a leader’s job is to inspire people and to draw inspiration from them.” / “Actions talk. Your values, words and actions must all line up.” / “Avoid the trappings of the Office and the Title. Be yourself.” / “We all have the potential to be a leader.”

Photographer Dave Demoe & “What a Wonderful World”

For over 25 years, Dave Demoe has been passionate about taking pictures. It’s been his hobby and pastime. When I first met him, he was snapping shots for our university residence newspaper. He’s always had a camera in his hand… I don’t think I ever remember a time Dave has not taken photographs.

Recently, the two of us launched a venture “What a Wonderful World” and, as a first project, we released a set of note cards. On the cards, Dave’s eye for natural beauty is clearly evident. In his own words, here is Dave’s perspective on his photo-taking adventures:  

       “I feel like I’m on this endless scavenger hunt, trying to find the most interesting location or structure or flower, whatever it is; and then framing that wonder so that people will need to take a second look, or they will actually say out loud, ‘Wow, now that is a thought-provoking photo!’ 

       “At the end of the day, I know my passion for this activity comes from my joy of “being one with nature” and being able to escape the daily worries and hassles of work and life. Truly, it’s even more… Trekking along an escarpment trail is my form of refuge and it provides the “peace of mind” by being in God’s beautiful creation, being able to enjoy the abundance of beauty that truly surrounds us both locally and far away. There is just so much for humans to see, experience and absorb. I believe a great photograph can share the experience and a great photo can “tell a thousand words” if taken properly. I suppose this is my immodest goal that I strive to reach each time I pick up my camera and head out the door.”

Dave has a website Dave Demoe Photography where you can get access to his Flickr account and Facebook page.

You can order the What a Wonderful World note cards on-line ($15 for 14 cards) via the By George Store.

4 of our e-books available @ the By George Store

  

With the publishing of our latest e-book, Becoming Better Communicators, we now have 4 e-books available at our By George Store. Other e-books include A Day in the Life of Man, 1001 Quotes on Politics, and the By George Treasury. In the store, you can also find beautiful writing note cards and inspirational wall posters.  (Our materials can be purchased on-line via PayPal.)

Visit the By George Store.

E-book “Becoming Better Communicators” now available

 

The e-book Becoming Better Communicators is now available and

can be purchased on-line at the By George Store. Here is the index of

what you will find in this helpful handbook:

  • By Way of an Introduction…
  • Guiding Principles to Being a Better Communicator
  • Our Advice on What You Can Do Personally
  • Others’ Advice on What You Can Do Personally
  • 10 Tips on Becoming a Better Communicator at Your Desk
  • Always Be Ready to Answer that Question: “What Do You Do?”
  • Participating in More Effective Conversations
  • Pointers to Improving Workplace Communications
  • 3 Tips on Being a Good Conversationalist
  • Improving Your Working Exchanges
  • 3 Classic Parables for Workplace Communications
  • 4 Things You Can Do Personally to Contribute to Success in Your Workplace
  • Our Advice on Working More Efficiently
  • 3 Tips on Improving Your Image at Work
  • 5 Exercises to Support Self-Improvement
  • “Where do I start?”
  • About Chris George / About By George Journal

You can purchase Becoming Better Communicators for $5

by going to the e-bookshelf in the By George Store.

New Note Cards Capture the Beauty of Nature

Niagara photographer Dave Demoe and wordsmith Chris George today have unveiled a series of seven scenic note cards, entitled “What a Wonderful World ~ Favourites Collection – Spring 2012.”

The note cards have photos from Dave’s 2011 trips to Africa, California, Nova Scotia, as well as his local treks through the Niagara Region. Each remarkable photo is accompanied by an inspirational quote to praise the beauty found within our “wonderful world.”

“I have been fortunate to see so much of the earth’s beauty,” says Dave, “and, with this first collection, I wanted to select a few, very different scenes to display the diverse richness of our world. I picked seven of my favourite shots from my recent travels in the last year to share.”

In early 2012, Dave partnered with his friend Chris to develop the concept of “What a Wonderful World.” Their enterprise will be creating products that feature the stunning photos snapped by Dave Demoe.

As a writer of inspirational and motivational materials, Chris has overseen the design and text of their first venture together. “I’ve chose specific quotes to accent each of the photos. It’s hard to add anything to the mastery of Dave’s camera work. I hope, though, the quotes provide a pause for reflection – perhaps, shed new light onto the photo.”

The 5 ½ x 4 inch note cards and envelops are being sold in packages of 14 (two complete sets of 7 photos per package). You may purchase your notes cards on-line via PayPal for $15, including postage and handling costs.

Visit www.davedemoephotography.com and the By George Store at www.cgacommunications.com for more information.

By George! Take a look now!

Our public relations company, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS, has unwrapped its new website design. The new site highlights our core offering:  writing services.

www.cgacommunications.com

The website’s initial features include: “CONTENT IS (Still) KING” and “Social Media Services that Give You a Hand Up” as well as our e-books A Day in the Life of Man and 1001 Quotes on Politics – and an introduction to our on-line opus, the By George Journal.

The site contains the company’s services, history and clients’ list. We’re also pleased that it makes more accessible our By George Store.

(ed. – We wish to acknowledge and thank our webmeisters. Their Trojan efforts in sloughing our aged images have resulted in an attractive make-over. We are, indeed, fortunate to have such talented colleagues, who so effectively package our text for the web audiences. It’s greatly appreciated by CG&A COMM’s wordsmiths and closet-luddites.)

So, visit and surf around the new pages. Let us know how you like the new look.

A compilation – to motivate and inspire

 

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes that takes the reader through an average day – from dawn to dusk.  The assortment of bons mots will encourage reflection, reawaken hope, and draw energy from within.    

Read the post from the day of the release

The e-book costs $5 payment and you can purchase in through PayPal, accessed from our By George Store.

3 Tips on being a Good Conversationalist

REPOST …. 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 are saying. Listen intently, ask questions and provide comments; don’t mindlessly nod and continually glance over the person’s shoulder to see what is happening across the room.

#2.  What you say will not likely be remembered,  but how you make people feel will not be forgottened. It’s most important to smile when you greet and depart an individual or group. Make and keep eye contact with those you are speaking with. Use appropriate body language and facial gestures to demonstrate your engagement and enjoyment in the conversation(s).

#3.  Be ever-ready to share a great story or series of anecdotes. Enliven conversations with personal observations, remarkable sayings, and a provocative question or two.  Over the past few weeks, By George Journal provided a series of conversation-starters. Here are our five favourite from the “Over the Eggnog Bowl” posts for your holiday exchanges.  

  1. Is Santa coming to your family this Christmas? You do believe in Santa, right!?
  2. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  3. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  4. Joy is found with simple awareness.  What does your joy look like today?
  5. 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?

 (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 here.)