My Latest Posts

Herman’s Hermits

It occurred to me that there might be some members who aren’t familiar with this song. Or, like me, you’ve heard it before but didn’t pay it much attention. Well, here are a couple of versions to help you get into the mood of… (READ MORE)

Marquis – I Will Never Pass This Way Again

Enjoy this video of the late Randy Chisholm, the first Ontario District champion ever to go on to win an International Quartet Champion title, with Marquis quartet performing “I Will Never Pass This Way Again” R.I.P. Randy Chisholm, you… (READ MORE)

3 Words

What 3 words describe your life?  According to my Facebook profile, these are mine: Resilience, discipline, and health. “Doug, these are the words that best represent your life! Everyone connects them with you immediately because you are a positive person who… (READ MORE)

Would You Clone Your Pet?

This is part 1 in a 3 part series. My love for dogs started early, as my grandparents and my parents bred Collies. Collie puppies were so much fun to play with! Later on in high school, we had a large… (READ MORE)

Cloning for Fun & Profit

This part 2 in a 3 part series. We’ve seen that people are cloning their pets to try and keep the memory alive of their loss, but is there a commercial side to cloning?  As it turns out, there is… (READ MORE)

Is There a Downside to Cloning?

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series In our journey so far, we’ve learned that it will cost over $100,000 dollars if we want to clone our beloved pet. We also now know  that an entire industry revolves around cloning… (READ MORE)

Going Above And Beyond


  Let’s go back to 1988 and look how shipped goods made it to New York City. 1. Everything crossed the Hudson River by barge. Pushed and pulled by tug boats. 2. Goods unloaded and stored in large warehouses. 3…. (READ MORE)

Toastmasters’ Club Officer Roles


Each of the officers in a Toastmasters club has certain responsibilities to fulfill in supporting the club and its members. There are several officer positions within each Toastmasters club, both to spread the workload fairly and to expand the leadership… (READ MORE)

Evaluate to Motivate

A constructive evaluation can be a motivational process for both receiver and giver, whether at work or play. The steps below are tailored to a speaker giving a speech but can be adapted to most circumstances. Provide an encouraging and… (READ MORE)

Why Toastmasters?

If someone asked me; “Why do you go to Toastmasters?” I would answer: we discover things we didn’t know about ourselves and they turn out to be things that could use some improving. Public Speaking obviously, it is amazing how… (READ MORE)