Point to Ponder
is what we make it, always has been, always will be."
Did you know that Sept. 7th was Grandma Moses Day? Grandma Moses, born in 1860,
first picked up her brush when she was 78. She created more than
1,600 original works of art before she put down her brush and died
at the age of 101.
Moses was one of the most successful
and famous artists in America and possibly the best known American
artist in Europe. Featured on radio, television, and in mass-market
publications, she was arguably the first artist to become a media
superstar. Grandma Moses invented a unique style that proved
enormously popular, and its influence may be seen in art and
illustration to this day.
You know, today is
a great day to start something new or to renew: a
new career, a comeback, a new success, a hobby, a sport, a
relationship or... whatever you desire and dreamed of doing.
short at best! We may not all live to be 101, but
we can choose to live each day that we are given. Each is
a gift, which is why they are called the 'present'.
When I was
growing up, we used to go on driving vacations and primarily
we visited 'relatives'. I have to admit, I didn't always enjoy
them, which might be part of my motivation for more exotic
or beach based trips as I got older. Mom and Dad used to look
forward to them and I wondered why? Now that I am older and
perhaps a bit wiser, I am beginning to understand. It
is about nurturing the relationships with the people in our
Irene and I just returned home from
a 10 day road vacation. Along the way we made the time to
visit with friends and family and to renew relationships.
Each moment we shared with our friends and family added to
our trip and to our lives. Each one inspired me in not so
Each inspired me to push ahead,
to try new things, and to follow the passion that stirs my
soul. Each reminded me how precious each day is and that I
have someone special to share it with now. Each is living
their life by their own set of guidelines and handling the
challenges it gives them with dignity and delight. I
am privileged to have been able to spend brief moments with
- Our friends Wayne and Brenda
have gone through many challenges together and have chosen
to allow those challenges to make them stronger and to
bind them more closely as a couple. I cherish the times
we spend as friends and Irene has grown to love them too.
- My CAPS friend Hugh Culver
is looking for ways to enhance his business and his ability
to attract new clients. Our coffee and conversation sparked
my mind with some new ways that I can try.
- Irene's aunt Eva (a
die hard Canucks fan) showered us with her gracious hospitality
and love and we were made better for our time together.
- My cousin Ann just came
back from a trip to Costa Rica with her two half sisters.
She was able to find them and has built new relationships
with them in the past couple of years.
- My cousins Betty and Pete
(from Sidney) shared part of their day with us... Betty
is in her early 80's and Peter is nearly 90 and, yet,
they still have fun together. They made us laugh and made
my eyes leak a bit when they mentioned how much they missed
my folks. Hmm.... I have a 30 year contract with Irene
that comes up when I am 89. (SMILE)
- My long time NSA friend
and encourager Bonnie Dean and her husband David have
had a very challenging year (health and family) but you'd
never know it from their positive outlook and confident
manner. Definitely worth the trip down to Bellingham for
a visit. Irene is going to help her with her websites
and that is pretty cool.
I love the career I am
learning and living, even with its challenges. I
love the involvement with the people it has brought into my
life which have made me better and made my life richer.
My clients, my colleagues, my audiences and readers, and of
course my extended family. Each of you have enriched my life
and I thank you.
My challenge for you this month:
As the kids return to school... what new thing will you undertake
to learn in the next month?
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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Minute News and Views
August was our month to get things done at the place in the country.
Every year we do a bit more and we have a few things to do yet
before winter. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.
As I mentioned above, we also had a
great trip through Alberta and BC visiting friends and
September will be fairly
- 'Official' cross-Canada launch
of our Foundational Success ebook with an email blast
going out to all of our CAPS members and as many NSA members
as we can reach.
- September 8th: Spoke for the
International Association of Administrative Professionals.
What a wonderful group and what a fun evening.
- Sept. 10th: My friend, birthday
twin, and mentor Patricia Fripp is in Edmonton to do a
session for our CAPS Edmonton Chapter that evening. Irene
and I will both attend.
- Fripp will be doing the CAPS
Sask Chapter in Regina on Sept. 12th.
- Sept. 16th: Reaching New Markets
/ Beyond Borders seminar in Calgary.
- Sept 19th: Keynoting the Rotary
Institute with leaders from across Canada, Northern USA,
Alaska, the Russian Far East, Siberia, St. Pierre and
Miquelon. Hmmm...wonder if I will get invites to visit
some of these places?
- Sept. 28th: Online Sales Success
- Lots of other web stuff to do,
working on a new book, a new DVD, and a few other projects
to keep me busy. Hope to get into the film studio later
this month to do some more work.
Irene and I are planning a return
trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our first
year together. October 4th is the official date, but we'll
have to be back early.
October 5th: I am keynoting for the Business Analyst World conference on Oct. 5th at
8:45 AM in morning here in Edmonton.
Working on a couple of overseas trips for next
year. Have been invited to speak in Amsterdam in March and we are
chatting with the people in India about a return trip next year as
Going to see if we can book a few more engagements
this fall as we are planning to visit our daughter Amanda (teaching
in Australia) during her summer break. They break from Dec.
15th to the end of January. Be a nice time for a visit.
Late breaking news
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mentioned it before and now is the perfect time to invest in
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Authors Bob, Terry Pithers and Joanne Blake and Kelley Robertson.
Pictured above right: Authors Bob Hooey and Michelle Devlin.
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