My thoughts on naming a child

Everyone wants to know what we are naming our baby girl. I’ve always been reluctant to really tell anyone what we are naming our children until they are born. Mainly because I’m not really interested in anyone’s opinion on the matter, particularly defending the choice. I don’t mind hearing what names people like in general but I really don’t like hearing the unsolicited phrase “You should name her…” Because Daria and I are going to name her and not anyone else. It’s a basic parental right, if I’m lost I’ll ask for help (who knows I might just need it!). We do have a list. Now we just have to shorten it. This all probably sounds harsh but it is actually just a part of my other policy on names that of...

Quotes

Does anyone ever read the quotes on the sidebar of my blog? I collect these and add to them periodically. Many of them I do not remember actually adding at all. Still I find them all stimulating and refreshing. Give it a whirl with the refresh button to see several. Also if you have a short quote you think I should add please email it to me or add it in the comments section. Here is one I haven’t yet added: We may convince others by our arguments; but we can only persuade them by their own. -Joseph Joubert I found this philosphy very helpful in university when convincing professors of my cause or plight.

Bjorn vs. Kindle

The Kindle is a new electronic book reader from online book purveyor Amazon. It offers the ability to wirelessly download, read, and store dozens of books and is about paperbook size. Most of my reading is currently online, in a dental journal or text, or in my daily newspaper. At this point I don’t see a Kindle in my future. However, if I were planning an extended vacation and wanted to save precious packing space—maybe. If I was a daily public transportation user I think I would have clicked buy-it-now yesterday (if it were available in Canada). I wonder if a die-hard reader like my brother-in-law would be able to switch from paper to screen. Prediction: Highly unlikely. I suspect Bjorn enjoys the romance of page-turning and looking back at the...

Las Vegas Review

For the third time in as many months I find myself in Las Vegas. Each trip has found me pursuing advanced education in implant surgery and prosthetics. I’m very excited about this field and the remarkable things I have already done. I look forward to pacing my ever expanding knowledge with clinical experience. My passion grows and grows each month on this front. But enough on that subject. This trip found me at a different venue: the Rio, a good walk from the strip. The Rio is a typical Vegas hotel with pretty good restaurants, and some 70 floors spread over 2 towers. The buffet was the best of the four I have tried in Las Vegas and also the lowest priced! A typical casino resides on the main floor and I am amazed how the motivation for the big win seems...

Decisions Decisions

Remember when you couldn’t wait to grow up and make all of your own decisions and be the boss? I’m the boss now, but have realized I have way more bosses now than I ever did before! Daria and I are looking at moving and trying to figure out a lot of numbers and let me tell you I have a lot of people to consult with. There is the bank, the insurance company, the government, the future employer, the utility company, the seller, the agent, the parents (still! still! [but not in a bad way mind you]), the lawyer, the accountant. Just part and parcel of making your dreams come true. It’s kind of like annoying packaging on that sweet morsel your trying to unwrap, or all the brand new DVD’s with their 16 double-layered adhesive strips or 8 annoying...

My Shameful Darkside

Every once and awhile do you find yourself saying horrible things? Can a stranger raise your ire? This weekend I was rude to someone and I’ve since repented, though I still need to apologize to the old lady. Yes I said old lady. I think we are all familiar with the person in our neighbourhood who constantly monitors peoples actions and is bold enough and bored enough to ensure they know what’s what. We have at least 3 of these in my townhouse complex. I call them the playground nazis. If someone over a certain age, say sits on a piece of playground equipment these women come out of their houses to make sure they get off or at least told off. The youth get a hard time in particular. Weekly revisions to the playground rules are distributed to each...

Modest is Hottest

I have four boys and I worry about the influence our immodest world may have on them (and on me). It is a rare to find a store that doesn’t stock magazines adorned in flesh. Inevitably this translates into a flesh revealing world. Perhaps this is one of the benefits of living in Canada—most months are too cool for exposed skin. Why do I worry? I worry how the constant image and presentation of immodesty affects their view of women, and that its prevalence may dull them to values I hold dear: the sanctity of womanhood and the body. I admire the musician, actor, or anyone, who excels based on their talent instead of offering up their body in saddening compensation. Apparently there are some who agree with me. Enter Chelsea Rippy. Rippy designed her own...

Belinda How Could You?

Our lovely corrupt Liberal government has managed to score a powerful blow to the opposition party by courting over one of the Conservative party’s leading stars, Belinda Stronach. “I had to do some real soul-searching,” Belinda said in an interview. Yeah, the Human Resource Minister post, in the Prime Minister’s cabinet, probably had nothing to do with it. I’m shocked and at the same time not surprised at all. Shocked that someone who recently ran for the Conservative Party Leadership, and was also dating high-ranking Conservative party MP, Peter McKay, could up and switch sides. But not surprised at all that the Liberals, desperate to pass their budget, would go to such depths. I wouldn’t be surprised if they coached her...

Criticism

I’ve been trained in critical thinking in a variety of ways-schooling, teaching, employment, etc. I also have a tendency to dish out criticism. I try to give positive feedback as well, or make it constructive and not demeaning; depending on who you are I might lighten up the tone or just deliver it straight up. Sometimes I’m extra nice about it but probably never as nice as some would like me to be. I’m sure a few of you are having some flashbacks and probably mostly of times when I was less than delicate in my opinions. All too often in the interest of time (or when I have no sense of patience or tact) I just cut to the chase and deliver my criticism with brevity and force. I love and hate this quality that I have developed. I like being able...

The Cool Dad

I didn’t really do much today, at least it didn’t feel like it. I did update a few portions of the Muirhead Kingdom website by adding photos of some beloved family members and other things. I also scored as a Dad by suggesting my son have a sleepover on a school night. Imagine a school night sleepover- pffttt is such a thing even legal? I don’t think in my entire life was I ever permitted a school night sleepover. It’s my little way of rebelling against the pyscho school boards for having school booked so late into December. I’ll keep my kid and his friends up late and then send them to school-take that! I’ll also be pulling him out early to boot. Now before all you responsible people start gasping for air don’t worry I...