NOTES of a NOMAD #147 -Barefoot Kids -2 December 2022

Teaching children skills that will help them be successful when they enter adulthood is a great gift.

A children’s book ‘Barefoot Kids’ recently published here in Australia is a wonderful example of helping children gain important skills.

You can find more about the author, Scott Pape on his website found https://www.barefootinvestor.com/

Please reach out to me if you have comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #143 -The British Virgin Islands -4 November 2022

This video contains a few pictures from the time I have been on Virgin Gorda Island in The British Virgin Islands.

I was invited here by Kevin and his wife Amy who are currently living here.

I met Kevin in 2012 on an African overland truck journey from Cape Town to Cairo.

Pictures of the unique Baths Beach with its giant boulders and the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue boat at Virgin Gorda are included.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #142 -Travelling -29 October 2022

Today I arrived at the Toronto airport from Vancouver and tomorrow will travel to the British Virgin Islands to visit a friend Kevin and his wife Amy.

Travelling offers a great education. We can experience new things, open our minds to the outside world, and meet different people from different places.

Travel improves our social skills, increases our confidence, and gives us a sense of success.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #141 – Meetings Suck -21 October 2022

‘Too many meetings’ is cited as the biggest waste of time in many organizations.

Meetings done badly can be time-consuming, boring, and unproductive.

Meetings done well can help build your culture, your team, and your organization.

I share some approaches from a book I found useful, “Meetings Suck” by Cameron Herold.

Please reach out to me if you have comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #140 -The Pecking Order -14 October 2022

There is a TEDtalk with over 4 million views that I think should have over 400 million views.

The talk by Margaret Heffernan, “Forget the Pecking Order at Work” conveys why collaboration is more effective than competition.

Please help share this talk with anyone who is involved in an organization and you can find this TEDtalk at https://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_forget_the_pecking_order_at_work

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #139 -Past Week and Future Travels -7 October 2022

Last week I shared time with a friend and memories of 60 years ago when we were hitchhiking around North America and Europe.

Soon I will be starting travels to the British Virgin Islands, Australia, and Nepal.

In Nepal, the plan is to help introduce Agora Speakers Youth clubs in some schools.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #137 -LEADERSHIP For the Coming Decades -23 September 2022

In the coming decades, leadership skills will become more critical than ever.

The old leader-follower approach does not work well.

The leader-leader model where power and responsibility are placed as low on the organizational hierarchy as possible is more effective.

We need to turn more followers into leaders.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #135 -LONELINESS -A Health Threat -9 September 2022

Loneliness threatens our health and happiness.

Loneliness is widespread around the world and affects people of all ages.

Some approaches are to connect with like-minded people with common interests,

Another tip is to consider spending at least 15 minutes a day in contact with others.

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #134 -A New Age Teacher -2 September 2022

Teaching has been changing,

This video shows an elementary school classroom with a difference. It has four large screens, extensive computer usage, music is played during classwork, the students sit where they wish, and the teacher is a gamer.

This is different from what I experienced in school.

Youth today face a different world.

Agora Speakers also offers them the opportunity to learn communications and leadership skills.

Anyone interested in learning what Agora Speakers youth programs have to offer, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #132 -AGORACON 2022 -18 August 2022

The annual convention of Agora Speakers International, AGORACON 2022, is being held now in August.

This convention is being organized and hosted by the youth groups in India

I am excited as it showcases what the younger generation is capable of doing as they are often underestimated.

If you wish to know more about the convention or have comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #131 -Appreciation -12 August 2022

After two weeks back in Victoria on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada, I appreciate being able to call this home.

It has a wonderful mix of the ocean, forests, mountains, and helpful people.

I challenge you to spend five minutes and day and think about what you are grateful for as showing appreciation can have a positive impact on you,

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #130 -The Secret to Happiness -5 August 2022

I am back in Canada and currently with my friend in his boat at Ganges harbour at Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

A recent quote from the Greek philosopher, Socrates resonated with me.

As a nomad, I have found having fewer things has been liberating.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #129 -Be Interested in Others -29 July 2022

I believe that communication with each other is a key skill that we can learn to improve.

If we communicate well with each other we can prevent many of the problems we face in our world.

In a TedTalk, Celeste Headlee mentions ‘Ten ways to have a better conversation.’

I suggest we look at her suggestions and choose one at a time and attempt to put it into practice.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #128 -Winnie the Pooh -22 July 2022

The original bear on which the stories about Winnie the Pooh are based was from a small town, White River in Northern Ontario, Canada.

Since I discovered this fact and often mention this, my family knows that I am a fan.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #127 -When Opportunity Knocks! -15 July 2022

Sometimes we have the opportunity to try something new and if we do not take it, we can regret not having done so.

Some opportunities deliver new experiences for growth and new perspectives that we cannot obtain elsewhere.

It is your life,  only you know if it’s right for you, trust your gut.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact me.

 

NOTES of a NOMAD #125 -Calling In, Not Callling Out! -2 July 2022

As you may know, I consider communication to be one of the biggest challenges we face in the world.

A TEDtalk by Loretta J. Ross has some approaches that we can try when we face challenges in understanding others.

Loretta states, ‘fighting hate should be fun,’ and a link to her TEDtalk can be found in the description below our video.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #124 -Be Positive, Live Longer -24 June 2022

Last week we lost a friend and mentor of over 60 years.

Ron who was 92 years old started having a positive influence on our lives as our Scoutmaster.

It has also been shown that a positive approach adds years to our lives.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #121 -Having Enough -3 June 2022

‘Having enough’ can be very liberating.

Time is our most valuable asset.

Spending time chasing job promotions, money, and more possessions can become an endless treadmill.

When we have enough, we can spend our time doing things we like and enjoy.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #120 -Circus & Collaboration -27 May 2022

This past week I traveled to California and watched my two granddaughters and my daughter participate in the Great American Youth Circus.

This circus started in Redlands, California in 1929 and states it is the oldest community circus in the world.

The circus members “enjoy a non-competitive environment that encourages them to connect and collaborate with their peers.” [Quote from show program.]

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #119 -Travelling -20 May 2022

When I started these videos in early 2020, I did not expect it would be over two years before I would travel again.

Travelling has its benefits and challenges. It does not appeal to everyone.

I enjoy meeting people around the world but do not enjoy the touristy aspects.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #118 -Growing Old -13 May 2022

We all grow old and this cannot be changed.

What we can do is change our objectives from when we were younger to those that suit the strengths we have gained as we grow older.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #117 -The Sandwich Method -6 May 2022

The Sandwich Method is a mindful, sensitive communication strategy that can transform relationships.

This approach can be applied when making requests or giving feedback to a partner, friends, family, and coworkers.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #114 -Dancing in Ethiopia -15 April 2022

During a recent conversation, dancing was discussed.

I realized probably the last time I danced was in Ethiopia in 2012.

I also included some dancing at a wedding we attended in the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #111 -The Sweet Spot -25 March 2022

According to the book, ‘The Sweet Spot,’ instead of avoiding discomfort, we need to find the right discomfort.

There are challenges we can attempt that help us appreciate what we have, learn more about our capabilities, and make a positive impact.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #110 -Communication & Leadership from Ukraine -18 March 2022

The outstanding communication and leadership of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky are inspirational.

He has demonstrated the powerful impact these skills can have on the world.

It is these skills that we assist our youth and members of Agora Speakers to obtain so they will become brilliant communicators and confident leaders.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #107 -UBUNTU -The African Tradition -25 February 2022

The African tradition of Ubuntu struck me in 2012 after extensively traveling through Africa.

Ubuntu represents elements such as respect, community, sharing, caring, trust, unselfishness, and helpfulness.

With what is currently happening in Ukraine I believe we can learn much from this African tradition. If you are interested in learning more about Ubuntu there are many excellent videos available.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #106 -Not Yet! -18 February 2022

“Not Yet!,” is a phrase introduced in the 2014 TedTalk of Professor Carol Dweck entitled, “The power of believing that you can improve.”

The Growth Mindset is one that we all can practice and benefit from and we can encourage our friends and families to do so as well.

If you have any comments, questions,  or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #105 -The 5 Regrets -11 February 2022

For many years I have carried a card listing “The 5 Regrets of the Dying” which were noted by an Australian palliative care nurse, Bronnie Ware back in 2009.

It is interesting to notice what people regret about their lives and this makes us think about how we are living our lives.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #104 -Finding Your Potential -4 February 2022

I was reminded of the core competencies that help us thrive when I reviewed the book, “Letter To A Young Athlete.”

It is these core abilities that help us reach our potential.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in learning about the youth programs I promote to assist our younger generation, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #102 -Buried Artifacts -21 January 2022

As a nomad, I have items that never see the light of day.

They are in a storage box in a friend’s garage.

This video uncovers some of these items like awards that would likely be of interest to future descendants.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #99 -Thunder Bay -The Hoito -29 December 2021

This video revisits Thunder Bay where I spent my first thirteen and a half years. Most of my living relatives are there.

A landmark there is the Hoito restaurant which started in 1918.

I share the current status of this iconic restaurant and some other thoughts and memories about Thunder Bay.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #97 -1971 Canada Trip -Part 1 -16 December 2021

After being absent from Canada since 1962, nine years later I returned to Canada with my wife, Gail, my two young children, Dominic and Samantha.

I also brought a Super8 movie camera and produced some movies about our trip. This part is about the 3600 km trip from Vancouver, British Columbia to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #96 -My Dream -8 December 2021

In a recent dream, I shared a message with a group of young people.

I am sharing my dream in case you know of anyone who would like to be able to assist our youth gain crucial communication and collaboration skills.

Please share this video with anyone you know who might assist our younger generation.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #95 -Living Longer -1 December 2021

A recent comment made me realize that I have outlived my parents by more than a decade.

I review some of the approaches I am taking that likely are enabling me to have a good long life so far.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #94 -FIRES & FLOODS -What’s Next? -25 November 2021

The world is being impacted by extraordinary weather causing incidents like fires and floods.

Here in British Columbia, we had wildfires and now four months later we have had flooding and landslides closing down our province.

What are the steps we can take to help us cope with all the challenges we are facing around the world?

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #92 -Collaboration vs Competition -11 November 2021

There have been some recent activities that reminded me why I think we need more collaboration and less cooperation in the world.

I share some of my thoughts and suggest that you might find the TedTalk of Charles C. Mann of interest. His title is, “How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion?”

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #91 -My Chariot, Charlie -3 November 2021

In this video, I introduce you to my faithful and trustworthy chariot, Charlie.

He is my 1994 Toyota Corolla station wagon that has been with me for over ten years and I use to move my belongings from place to place.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #90 -Remember When Cameras Used Film? -27 October 2021

When I was young, I liked photography and often brought a camera with me.

In this video, I share some black and white photographs that I took in 1963/63 and processed in a darkroom. Also there are some photographs I took in 1962 in New York which are the only ones for which I was paid.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #89 -A Nomad’s Nutrition -20 October 2021

It is now over 40 years since I started having blender meals after meeting an American in South Africa.

For those who often ask, I share the current contents of my concoction that I have on a regular basis.

Also, I discuss some other challenges of eating properly.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #88 -Rowing Marathons -14 October 2021

I reconnected with my rowing machine after a 12-day separation.

As a result, I have five days left to contribute some more rowing meters in the Concept2 Fall Challenge for the Ancient Mariner team.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #81 -The 1940s -26 August 2021

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a photo album that my mother created in the 1940s.

This video contains some of the photos from that time which shows some of the fashion and cars from that time.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #80 -My Dad -19 August 2021

This video is about my dad which may be of interest to my grandchildren and future descendants.

My dad was a gentle soul who loved fishing. This love likely kept him grounded.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #79 -Courage -11 August 2021

Courage is something for my grandchildren and future descendants need to consider.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” is a quote from the authour, Anais Nin,

With all the challenges and potential changes we face, courage is an attribute that can affect our lives.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #76 -Youthquake -21 July 2021

The word “Youthquake’ refers to changes due to the influence of young people.

This word came to mind when discussing forthcoming speech contests at Agora Speaker International’s convention.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #74 -Wildfires -7 July 2021

The wildfires in British Columbia have started with a vengeance.

This has resulted in me assisting in the Emergency Support Services call centre here in Victoria responding to phone calls from a variety of people affected by the fires.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #73 -Back To The Future -1 July 2021

After over 15 months we are starting to open up and meet face-to-face. I note why I am grateful to have been on Vancouver Island since March 2020.

Also, next week as people start to travel, I start the first pet/house sitting gig since we closed down last year.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions,  please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #72 -RedOnes.ca Website -23 June 202

I am asking for your help to spread the word about the RedOnes.ca website that I have created.

It is for anyone who is interested in helping youth gain confidence and find their voice.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions,  please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #70 -Who – Serve – Excellence -9 June 2021

This video was triggered by a video Oprah Winfrey made years ago where she passes on three important practices to a college graduating class.

I think these points are excellent about knowing who you are, find a way to serve, and do the right thing.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please reach out to me.

If you want to watch Oprah’s video here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uY0qN3riac





NOTES of a NOMAD #69 -Pets, People, Places -3 June 2021

It appears that pet/house sitting may be opening up soon as I have not been able to that for over 14 months.

I discuss some of the things I have discovered since I started pet/house sitting over 4 years ago.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #68 -Welcome Fred! -26 May 2021

After almost seven months on my friend’s boat, I have moved to a friend’s place for a while.

The message this time is that we cannot do everything ourselves. Having others in our lives is an important part of our lives.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #67 -Common Ground -19 May 2021

This video is about avoiding competition and implementing cooperation. By finding common ground and working on solutions with others, this approach can make a substantial impact on the world’s problems.

This approach can help reduce conflicts at many levels.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #66 -Our Future Leaders -12 May 2021

After leaving my last job in 2016, I decided I wanted to help our youth gain communication and leadership skills.

I am currently working on setting up a pilot project for a course on How to Start a Youth Club. If you know of anyone who may be interested in knowing about this project, please share this video with them.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #65 -Project Management -5 May 2021

This video ends the journey about the variety of jobs I have had. I did miss mentioning selling woman’s shoes in a shoe store in Vancouver.

My last job was selling a project management product over the internet for over 10 years.

All the changes in my life have enabled me to adapt and not fear change.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #64 -Headhunting -28 April 2021

After leaving Datagram, I moved into the recruiting or headhunting business.

I started my own business in 1989 and worked from home for 15 years and networked with other recruiters in North America.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #62 -Front End Processors -14 April 2021

In 1985 I left South Africa and returned to Canada after being away for 23 years.

In Toronto, I found work as a salesperson for NCR Comten. We sold front-end processors to IBM mainframe users. These devices interface peripheral units like terminals, printers, disk and tape units to the mainframe computer.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #61 -Selling SAS -7 April 2021

After selling minicomputers, I was approached by two ex-Control Data employees who had the agency for SAS analytics software used for decision making.

This company is enormously successful. It is the largest privately held software company in the world. It treats its customers and employees extremely well.

It was the best sales experience I ever had.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #60 -What’s A Minicomputer? -31 March 2021

This video illustrates how much the world has changed since I sold PR1ME minicomputers 40 years ago in the early 1980s.

This makes us think how much the world has changed and is going to change in the next 40 years.

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

NOTES of a NOMAD #56 -Rosie’s Gang Reunion -1 March 2021

During the past weekend, we had a reunion of some of the overland travelers who were on ‘Rosie, the overland truck.

My daughter, Alexis, and I traveled for 4 months with this gang from Capetown to Cairo. I share a video of some aspects of the trip on Rosie.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTE of a NOMAD #54 -The Slight Edge -16 February 2021

There have been lots of cold weather including snow throughout the northern hemisphere this past week. I share the power of small choices when we are able to change some bad habits to good habits. This is what can lead to success. (This tip is especially for my grandchildren.) If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me.

NOTES of a NOMAD #53 -“Good” -9 February 2021

We start with the view of the overland truck ‘Rosie’ from 2012 in Africa, then talk about the cold weather in the northern hemisphere, and why the word “Good” can be used in a positive manner.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you.

NOTES of a NOMAD #52 -First Anniversary -2 February 2021

This is the first anniversary of the Notes of a Nomad videos. It was one year ago that I created the first video. I was not aware of the pandemic at that time. I show the Notes of a Nomad website where you can find a list of all the videos.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me. I always look forward to hearing from you.

NOTES of a NOMAD #51 -Lifelong Learning -25 January 2021

This video starts with a short video of me attempting to dance with some Ethiopians in 2012.

I then mention lifelong learning and some of it benefits.

You can find a 2018 posting on my website with more details about lifelong learning at http://www.ourfutureleaders.ca/blog/lifelong-learning-a-skill-for-this-century/

Please reach out to me if you have any comments, suggestions or questions. I always look forward to hearing from you.

NOTES of a NOMAD #48 -Imagine the Possibilities -4 January 2021

Today I remember being in Tasmania exactly three years ago visiting a historical penal colony where some frightful activities occurred including a more recent event in 1996 which impacted Australia overall.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you