It’s always a challenge to come up with a protagonist’s name, something telling and memorable … but I think I now have one. Meet Peyton “Peytz” Minkar, a paunchy, 46-year old, with blue eyes and greying hair and, oddly enough, an overdeveloped olfactory bulb, which plays a role in many interesting… Read more“Protagonist’s Name”
My grandfather owned an 1886 model Winchester firearm, with a peculiar 40-82 calibre rating. The rifle’s history interested me and so after some investigation I came across a few tales about it’s original manufacturers, especially Sarah Lockwood Pardee. The mythologies around her story inspired and so … Sarah’s Rooms by Michael… Read more“Sarah’s Rooms”
All my organizational training from here on is dedicated to my wonderful granddaughter, and to all our grandchildren. I love you Louise! The Grandfather by Michael C Kelly, 2016 He melted at the innocence of the child’s early days On her road, on her road Her heart giving sway to… Read more“My Dedication”
When I think of the Nova Scotian soldier who in 2017 killed his entire family, then himself, I’m reminded that if governments, religions, corporations and other similar, abstract, mythical entities are to create any kind of moral meaning for their members, they ought to look first to the consequences of their… Read more“Peace Instead”
Be selfish about your ability to think.
Truly humble people reserve their bragging for the authors of obituaries.
Some supervisors astound me in what they do and how they do it. I recently observed a supervisor and two of his crew members replacing a bit on a large drill. The supervisor stood pointing at one employee saying – actually, more like yelling – “get over there” followed a… Read more““Over and Out” Control Freaks”
Consider these two experiences underscoring the selective misuse of multitasking. First, I once attended a time management conference where a presenter held a wedge shaped, wood block high in the air. What is this, came the presenter’s ice-breaking question? People yelled out “door stop,” “giant shoe horn” and several other… Read more“Multitasking and Humanity”
I suppose this will sound like a rant, but I really want to use this story as an example of how we might consider care as a constituent of ethics. The other day I watched Paul Earnest, the White House Press Secretary, announce the Ottawa attack that killed Cpl. Nathan… Read more“The Ethics of Care”
Kevin and I performed at an open mic in Victoria Harbour on September 27, 2014. Here is a sample from our performance. A fully produced version of A Million Reasons can be found at: http://michaelckelly.bandcamp.com/track/a-million-reasons