Meditating so that writing becomes fun and not work

Amazingly, I have stuck to two of my New Year’s resolutions: meditating and writing. Each day, I have been spending two hours (at least) focused exclusively on editing JPC or working on my book project. I have found that the time I spend writing and editing has become an inspirational and meditative time that I …

On the simple life: find your peaceful thing.

Every new year, I hear many of the people I know express that they want to “return to a simpler life” or eliminate clutter. I often have this noble ambition myself. This year, I asked myself what this really means. I came up with a couple of ideas. Eliminating clutter doesn’t mean stripping back all …

New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

As I have discussed on Facebook and this blog, 2014 and 2015 have been difficult years for me. These challenges have forced me to rethink my priorities and set myself on a new path, fuelled by greater focus and enthusiasm. As I write this post, I sit by a roaring fire and watch the snow float …

Back to blogging, with renewed purpose and enthusiasm

These have been a difficult couple of years, for several reason, the first of which is a sequence of deaths of people very close to me. I have had to think through and rethink many of the ways that I look at life, as well as my priorities. I feel like I have come out …

Computers I have used and video games I have played

I have been a computer enthusiast since I was a young boy. My first computer was a Texas Instruments Ti99/4A on which I first learned the joys of video games and computer programming. After that we had a Macintosh SE, with a whopping 10MB hard drive. It felt like a supercomputer! My first laptop was a …

Measurement in #PR – Social network analysis

At the heart of public relations practice is the relationship. Whether they are internal or external, relationships are the currency that we deal in. One metric that we don’t pay enough attention to is how networks of affinity build around a brand. A network analysis can help with this. The challenge is that network analysis …

Recipe for dinner (and leftovers lunch): Glazed trout with black rice, slaw with aioli

I made dinner last night and – true to form – fish was on the menu. Those of you who know me are aware of my overwhelming love of seafood. Appetizer: Seared Scallop with Truffle Salt This is an easy one. You heat a greased cast iron pan slowly until it reaches maximum heat. While …

Simple pleasures: Crèpes à la @AlexSevigny

I have never been much of a breakfast person. To be honest, I often will have a little of last night’s dinner for breakfast when I am on my own, as I am not a fan of cereals. Today I found myself contemplating foods I actually like for breakfast and thought I would start writing them up. I …

Strategic PR and the value chain, pt 5: building relationships in social media

In yesterday’s post, I discussed how public relations became more strategic, as it evolved into a two-way symmetrical model, focused on building relationships between organizations and their publics. Today, I will  discuss how social media has changed the landscape and evolved PR strategy from a two-way symmetrical model to a two-way dialogical model. Social media has …