Archive | February 2016

Rest in Peace Harper Lee (1926 to 2016) : To Mourn and Celebrate a Mockingbird…

“‪Harper Lee showed us the beautiful complexity of our common humanity and the importance of striving for justice in our own lives.” ~ Barack Obama, USA President.

“In high school, Lee developed an interest in English literature. She dropped out of law in University of Alabama. After graduating in 1944, she went to the all-female Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Lee stood apart from the other students—she couldn’t have cared less about fashion, makeup or dating. Instead, she focused on her studies and writing. Lee was a member of the Literary honor society and the GLEE club. She was Truman Capote’s Research Assistant and Neighbour and helped him in his classic In Cold Blood.” ~ Source: Biography.com

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Strange thing. When some people pass on in death, it is as if their death allows us to see clearly that everyone has a purpose here. Personally, I just think some people are simply immortal. They are here to share ONE key powerful story, book, poem, song, act of service, or raise our vibration, by sharing their truth, in a way that makes them live on forever…..

Harper Lee was one of those special ones; the rare breeds, I think. They show us how being great in the ordinary things can lead to a rich, extra-ordinary life. Rest in Peace, continue to cook up a storm in Literary heaven, Ms Harper Lee.

Some beautiful quotes from and about this brilliant and astute mind:

1. “Before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” ~ Harper

2. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ~ Harper Lee

3. “Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” ~Harper Lee

4. “You know, there were two big revolutions in the ’60s in this country when To Kill a Mockingbird came out: One was civil rights and the other was women’s rights. And in a way, To Kill a Mockingbird speaks to both those things.” ~ Mary Murphy

5. “A hundred pounds of sermons on tolerance, or an equal measure of invective deploring the lack of it, will weigh far less in the scale of enlightenment than a mere eighteen ounces of new fiction bearing the title To Kill a Mockingbird.” ~Washington Post Review of her book in 1961

6. “The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.” ~ Harper Lee

7. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ~Harper Lee

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I think nothing quite captures the spirit of Harper Lee than this story below:

In 2006, A young fan asked Harper Lee for her autographed picture, she wrote a letter replying this young fan who had asked for a picture by offering up some advice:

The note reads:

Dear Jeremy,

I don’t have a picture of myself, so please accept these few lines:
As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, “I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.”

Harper Lee

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The Rotman Initiative for Women in Business Presents: Maja Djikic on “Self-Management in the Age of Infinite Information.”

Rotman Initiative for Women in Business

If you’re in the GTA, here’s an event to check out:

The Rotman Initiative for Women in Business invites you to attend an Alumnae Event with Maja Djikic, Associate Professor, Faculty-at-Large Director, Self-Development Lab, Rotman School of Management
Mind and its Discontents: Self-Management in the Age of Infinite Information

Week #7 | WWN Reflections by @JulietKego – Happy Family Day Canada!

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Brief Background: Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the twin values of ‘family’ and ‘home’ which were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and it also give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families.

Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period with no holidays, from New Year’s Day until Good Friday. (Source: www.timeanddate.com).

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#23. Postcards From Africa: “Everything in Nigeria is bring money, bring money…” By Okeke Job Izuchukwu

 

A timely, insightful and reflective piece by Okeke Job Izuchukwu about our apathy towards corruption, especially at Nigerian airports and what we, as citizens can do to change the status quo…

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Feb 3rd, 2016.

 

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, International Wing. The Nigerian guy (I am sure he is Igbo) and his young Korean wife who visited for Yuletide were with the customs. Their luggage had been checked, and found okay. There was only one snag. They have two babies, one still a suckler, and they had baby food for the babies. All the while, the custom officers whose ‘shop’ they had arrived at had been using the ‘you know what to do body language’ for the guy ‘to do something’.

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