Jun 16, 2020 8:00 am
It is my honour to compose a few words in memory of my mentor and friend J.C. “Kit” Astwood, OBE, who died last week aged 87.
I had the pleasure of working with Kit when I was employed by the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce.
Jun 2, 2020 8:00 am
The inspiration for this morning’s tale begins with a heart-bounding shriek so loud they probably heard it in St David’s.
The drama began when I suddenly decided that today would be the day that I clean the washable filters in my air...
May 26, 2020 8:00 am
This week as we embark on stage two of the Government’s phased reopening plan, I have a few thoughts for you to consider.
Once you got over the initial trauma of being confined to your home and cut off from what — for the purposes of...
May 19, 2020 8:00 am
Einstein once said: “The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”
On a superficial level it seems an obvious statement. If you need a book, then you can have one as long as you know where books are kept.
May 12, 2020 8:00 am
Not too long ago many older people were quite comfortable sitting back and letting someone else programme the VCR or set up their voicemail recording.
The mere suggestion that they should learn to “Google”, or get an e-mail address or a...
May 5, 2020 8:00 am
Part of the fun of living at the edge of existence where the sea meets the sky, is that even when you are sheltering in place, unexpected things do happen and you never quite know what is going to be coming over the horizon next.
Apr 28, 2020 8:00 am
If you have been following the trending topics that are emerging beyond the new updates on the spread of the pandemic itself, you may have noticed that the conversation is already shifting away from surviving during the lockdown to speculating...
Apr 21, 2020 8:00 am
As we enter another week of sheltering in place, my heart goes out to everyone on this island who is suffering. Whether you are suffering the loss of employment, the camaraderie of friends, the visits of relatives, the gloom of isolation or the...
Apr 14, 2020 8:00 am
Once again, this past week my Yorkie “Sunny” and I sheltered in place at the end of the lane, at the edge of the island, at the edge of existence.
You might wonder then what I could possibly have to write about, but it’s amazing what you...
Apr 7, 2020 8:00 am
From the edge of the sea at the end of the lane, in the second most isolated country on the planet I hope you are well and safe as you read this; and making the best of your circumstances. Having said this, if you are anything like me, you could...
Mar 31, 2020 8:00 am
As we enter yet another week of life at home, our hearts go out to those around the world who are suffering.
In a sense, here in Bermuda, we are blessed to be so far removed from the outside world and yet isolation brings with it a unique...
Mar 24, 2020 8:00 am
Whether by choice or company directive, by the time you read this many of you will be spending more time at home than usual for the next little while.
Although some readers will have jobs that can be done remotely via the internet, it is...
Mar 17, 2020 8:00 am
So many times in life when the going gets tough, instead of swallowing hard and getting things done, we start looking for sympathy, telling ourselves and anyone who will listen that we are “trying” or “doing our best”, or that the problem is just...
Mar 10, 2020 8:00 am
Not too long ago people believed that adding boric acid to milk was a safe way to remove the smell and purify it when it had turned sour.
That belief was wrongly intensified by the Victorian authority on all things household, Isabella...
Mar 3, 2020 8:00 am
In retirement, as you may have heard my business partner, Bill Storie, remark, “cash is king”.
And while I completely agree with him that the secret to a long and prosperous retirement is to live within your means and avoid any sort of...
Feb 11, 2020 8:00 am
Today I have a simple question for you: Are you trusted? I imagine that many of you quickly answered “yes”, without giving the matter much thought. Note here, though, that I didn’t ask whether you are “trustworthy”, I asked whether you are...
Feb 4, 2020 8:00 am
As you might guess from this week’s photo, I recently attended the Bermuda Caledonian Society’s annual Burns’ Supper.
Dedicated to perpetuating the immortal memory of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert “Rabbie” Burns who lived from 1759...
Jan 21, 2020 8:00 am
Those of you who know me best might question whether I ought to be offering career advice.
On the one hand I have never attempted to make my way to the top in a single field let alone inside a company, but on the other hand I have managed...
Jan 7, 2020 8:00 am
As much as it might be popular to make new year’s resolutions, I have to confess that I have never actually made any.
In truth, I have never understood why anyone would wait until the journey is already well under way to begin to think...
Dec 10, 2019 8:00 am
As I round the corner from Thanksgiving and enter the season of light I often pause to consider the many things in life that I am thankful for.
I don’t think it matters a bit which religion or holiday traditions you follow, the close of the...
Nov 12, 2019 8:00 am
One of the things I like best about writing this column is hearing from readers of all walks of life. Quite a few of you have reached out to me with comments or ideas for articles and these thoughts are appreciated because they all inspire...
Nov 5, 2019 8:00 am
As those of you who are regular readers of this column will know, I subscribe to the idea that life itself is a journey and that each of us is free to choose the path that we follow and how we interact with everyone that we meet on that journey,...
Oct 29, 2019 8:00 am
It was the pampered and hopelessly out of touch Marie Antoinette in France in the 18th century who announced that the solution to everyone’s economic problems was to eat cake because, after all, who doesn’t feel immediately better after a nice...
Oct 22, 2019 8:00 am
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by.”
— Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
As I was driving the South Shore Road to Southampton on Saturday, I...
Oct 15, 2019 8:00 am
No matter what the subject is, everyone always says, “Don’t look back”.
For the most part I would agree with this.
Looking back is not for the faint of heart, because you either discover things that you might not want to know or,...
Oct 8, 2019 8:00 am
This past week while rummaging around in a kitchen drawer I came across a stack of recipe cards for meals that I used to prepare on a regular basis in the 1980s.
Glancing through them, I unearthed a couple of old favourites that I plan to...
Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am
I was always told that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Rather than wasting time challenging this notion, I thought it would be much more interesting to consider whether an old dog can teach himself new tricks — or whether he would be...
Sep 17, 2019 8:00 am
Earlier this year I came across a Netflix series on Marie Kondo, the undisputed queen of tidying up.
In short, she believes that most of us are living in homes so overfilled with items that our cluttered dwellings are choking our psyches,...
Sep 10, 2019 8:00 am
Following on from my recent article on the perils of plastic, I think it’s only fitting that I now address the other end of the telescope by penning a few thoughts on the current trend towards minimalism.
To start with, what is...
Sep 3, 2019 8:00 am
There is nothing more poignant than a physical reminder that you cannot “undo” — that your biological clock is ticking and your existence (as you know it) is finite.
For men it might be thinning hair or a change in libido; for women it is...
Aug 27, 2019 8:00 am
Given the intense heat of the last couple of weeks I have been spending quite a bit of time hiding indoors watching YouTube videos on various aspects of minimalism, downsizing, upcycling, tidying, sustainability and veganism.
Aug 20, 2019 8:00 am
In last week’s article I alluded to the fact that a measurable number of Bermuda residents are opting to retire overseas, so it seems only appropriate that I follow this with a few thoughts regarding this subject.
I will say up front that...
Aug 13, 2019 8:00 am
As I cast about for a suitable subject for this week’s article, I happened to notice the online poll that The Royal Gazette is currently conducting, which asks: “What is the most significant reason for Bermuda residents...
Aug 6, 2019 8:00 am
If there is one thing that hurts more than trying to smile when your feet hurt, it’s dragging yourself in to work every day to do a job you can’t stand. There are many reasons why you might be feeling this way; some might be legitimate complaints...
Jul 30, 2019 8:00 am
There’s an old proverb that says, “Man may work from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done.”
While this might not be the case in today’s corporate environment, it is still quite often the case for women of all ages who work at home.
Jul 23, 2019 8:00 am
When it comes to saving, are you doing the hokey pokey or the cupid shuffle?
Depending on your current age and interests, having read the above and the title of this article you might assume that you have some idea what this article is...
Jul 9, 2019 8:00 am
Do you have a wellness box in your house?
What is a wellness box and why would you want one? Good question. I just invented the idea — or least it appears I might have.
Let me explain.
This past spring, the strong healthy girl...
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