Canada’s Longest Commuter Infamy

Canada’s Longest Commuter Infamy Leslee Nicholson of Victoria Mines, Nova Scotia — provincial Department of Labour and Workforce Development employee (Metro) in Halifax —is Canada’s Longest Commuter winner in a Goodyear contest.  She commutes 10 hrs/wk in three 860 km round trips to her “dream job” so her daughter could finish Grade 9 in Cape Breton. For her commuting, Leslee got prizes worth $5,000, some laughs, bragging rights, a little fame by being in the local paper, and who knows where else given the rules stated All participants agree to permit Goodyear Canada Inc., Environics Communications Inc., SG Solutions Inc., Netmosphere Design...

My Experience Breaking a National Story

My Experience Breaking a National Story 10 PM Tuesday night, my friend D let me break news of her Cdn marathon record national story on my blog. Abbreviations are used to prevent conflict with the original story’s online search prominence. Of course, my post wasn’t a national story of national media calibre, but it was important to communities like runners, Masters athletes, Nova Scotians, etc. and it was national because it involved a 17 year old national record. In breaking the story, I experienced the alternative media breaking news phenomenon I’ve only ever heard about… something many bloggers and journalists dream...

Names My Mother Never Gave Me

Names My Mother Never Gave Me A personal reflection after my post on Most Popular Baby Names… Living in Canada with a Vietnamese name, I have always been aware of it ever since I arrived in 1980. I was even aware of it back in Viet Nam, where many kids were named by ordinals in the order they were born (plus one since Parents are hypocritically “equal firsts” in a patriarchal society). To have a real name in Viet Nam was a luxury. Seriously! It was bad luck to have a name that was not poetic, as in a phrase of...

Most Popular Baby Names Fun

Most Popular Baby Names Fun The top names given to American babies for 2007 were: # Male – Female (includes variations) 1. Jacob – Emily 2. Michael – Isabella 3. Ethan – Emma 4. Joshua – Ava 5. Daniel – Madison 6. Christopher – Sophia 7. Anthony – Olivia 8. William – Abigail 9. Matthew – Hannah 10. Andrew – Elizabeth Not much has changed in top rankings for many years. Emily has been tops for 12 years now, and only one changed in the top 10 girls’ names from 2006 (Elizabeth replaced Samantha). Emily is among my favourite girls’ names...

America Needs Attitude Change, Not Bailout

America Needs Attitude Change, Not Bailout With all the bailout packages American industries are wanting, and getting or likely getting, it seems America’s leadership are wanting things to stay the same rather than change, despite knowing the current ways are what got them into this mess. They want the bailouts so they can continue their ways while trying to figure out what to change, which won’t be pressing with that bailout cushion to sit upon for a while, removing urgency or consequence to change much or quickly. In my opinion, what America needs is an attitude change, from top to bottom,...