As I write this, 2017 is just about to finish. The title of this post comes from Lucy Stone. Stone was an American suffragist who helped put women in her country on the path to the right to vote and improvements towards equality. She figures prominently in the fifth chapter of Adam Grant’s excellent book, “Originals.”

There is much to say about 2017 and there are many others who will say it better than me. So, I will just focus on a wish for the future. Speaking to her daughter, Lucy Stone’s final words were, “Make the world better.” A goal for all of us in 2018 and beyond.

Best wishes to everyone for a great year!



Here in Toronto, we are in the middle of summer. The weather has been good recently — not too hot and not too much rain. A sign of summer is people driving their cars with the windows open. I have observed that the people with the lousiest taste in music play their music the loudest. I’m not sure why. I suppose I could study them, but that would mean spending time with them and their music. I’d rather enjoy my summer and let some mysteries of the world remain mysterious.

Today, I’m setting out a simple rule: If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re not allowed to laugh at others.  Call it GD Konstantine’s Laughter Rule if you like to put names to things.

I’m sure some smart people will find exceptions (such as when you have jaw surgery and you physically can’t laugh at yourself or others), but the part of being self-aware remains.  My experience is that a lack of self-awareness is at the root of many people’s social problems.

So, my wish to us all is that we do a lot more laughing!

Continuing with the theme of politics, here are two quotes:

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”  — Samuel Johnson.

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears above ground he is a protector.”  — Socrates in Plato’s The Republic.
(My source is the book, “The Full Catastrophe” by James Angelos)
Recently in Canada there has been a lot of talk and some action about revising the way governments are formed.  I’ve got my ideas about what I think should be done and what shouldn’t be done.  For now though, I’m just going to show how it is possible for a person or party to win an election without the support of the majority of voters.  I also realize that I’ve extremely simplified things, so the info graphic that I’m showing below is primarily meant to start a conversation.
It is the holiday season and the year is coming to a close.  It is still not too late for me to write a thoughtful post.  This won’t be it, though.


First, consider the brand name OXO. This name for the collection of innovative home products is a made up word that was chosen because it looks the same regardless of the manner someone is holding an OXO item.


Now take a look at two photos of the same gift wrapping paper.  The top photo shows the way the manufacturer intended people to look at it.  (Why “Ho Ho” and not “Ho Ho Ho” is another discussion.)  Below it is the other way it is read.  Oh, oh!



I’ve come across a lot of quotes attributed to Albert Einstein.  Many I’m sure are his, but some aren’t.  Einstein isn’t unique in this regard, this happens to other people, too.  Some are accidents, but others I believe are the result of people trying to spread a message and using someone famous to give their idea credibility.

With that in mind, I created the following non-serious Albert Einstein  image quote.  (By the way, he died years before the internet was created.)

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Fake Einstein Quote

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