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Time to Maybe say NO

Posted by Philip Smith on 2 July 2017
Clarity contributes to Sanity, I think. A recent newspaper article had this headline " Female anger is on the rise as time-stretched women struggle to keep up with hectic schedules" Even allowing for some "artistic license", we have to acknowledge some truth in this headline and it raises the question as to what can be done to alleviate this challenge.  Having cogitated, deliberated and ruminated on this problem I suspect I might have found one positive...
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Ups and Downs

Posted by Philip Smith on 12 June 2017
Level Flight As we work and grow, we learn. We learn many new things and in the process we tend to forget some of the lessons learnt and, at times, we have to learn the same lesson many times before it "sticks" in our mind. When our lives get busy and we are driving as hard as we can, we can miss some of the lessons in front of our noses. Recently I was reminiscing with some friends, about the many years I owned and flew hot air balloons, when one of them asked about ...
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There was a time when we believed....

Posted by Philip Smith on 17 May 2017
We believed that our dad was the biggest, strongest and smartest man in the world. Then as we grew up, we discovered that this was not totally true, but he is still the best bloke in the world. There was a time when we believed that schools would teach, but now we have some students who can't read or write, while the primary concern appears to be about the right of students to choose what bathroom they want to use. We are now ranked somewhere behind Vietnam on the OECD league t...
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Complexity and Clarity

Posted by Philip Smith on 1 May 2017
Keep it simple It is easy to add complexity, in fact it is probably the norm. This week I listened to a radio program where they were discussing the cost of living in Australia, where recent research indicated that consumer goods prices are currently the lowest it has been for some 30 years. However, the cost of our ever expanding layers of governance, at all levels, with associated fees, utilities, taxes, permits, licenses, stamp duty and a gazillion other taxes and charges, i...
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How are your shoes holding out

Posted by Philip Smith on 5 April 2017
My shoes are special Indeed they are, but not in any way you might think. They look good enough but are not a fashion item.
They are not made from some exotic material by pigmies in the Amazon rainforest, who only cobble during the full moon. They are not hugely expensive but are not cheap.  So what on earth makes them special and why should you care? As a firm believer in always trying to learn from experience and interaction, I go around asking questions and sometimes irri...
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