Sing Me a Song

My grandson was born twenty-eight months ago. Since his birth I have made a point of spending time with him every calendar week. When I first held him in my arms I welcomed him to the world and told him a number of things. I also sang him Raffi’s song, Willoughby Wallaby Woo: Willoughby Wallaby… Continue reading Sing Me a Song

Stand Corrected

I called a retired friend the other day. He had a phone number I needed. I placed the call at 8:30 in the morning. “I hope I am not calling too early?” “No. I have been up for a while.” He gave me the phone number I needed but I could hear his wife correcting… Continue reading Stand Corrected

Sink Your Teeth into This

Many years ago there was a Chief Petty Office in the navy who was concerned that one of his messmates might drink his beer while he was in the head (washroom). To ensure that that didn’t happen, he came up with a very unique solution. Before leaving the table he simply took out one of his… Continue reading Sink Your Teeth into This

Loud and Clear

My father was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It is a Parkinson’s related disease that results from damage to nerve cells in the brain. It affects movement, control of walking, speech, swallowing, etc. It was tough for us to see his decline. It was particularly tough on him as his mind was good right up… Continue reading Loud and Clear

Questions One Should Never Ask

There is a common expression in courtroom proceedings that a lawyer should never ask a question unless s/he knows the answer. This would be one of those questions and it was asked about twelve years ago. To Student: “How stupid do you think I am?” Student: “It’s not a matter of degree, Mr. Caines.” Follow… Continue reading Questions One Should Never Ask

Basic Communication

Basic Communication When we communicate we do so by expressing either facts, opinions, feelings or needs: Facts are simply observations that are true. Opinions include thoughts, beliefs or conclusions based on one’s own observations and life experiences. Feelings are the emotions one experiences. Needs are those things that are necessary to achieve an objective. That’s… Continue reading Basic Communication

If You Really…….. Part 2

If You Really ……… Part 2 If you haven’t read the previous post then you should before reading this one (it’s short). I first read Verbal Self-Defence in 1992. From that point onward, I would often share this strategy with my upper-level students. I didn’t realize that a few years later I would end up… Continue reading If You Really…….. Part 2