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Finding the right employee is a lot of work.

I was reminded of this fact the last time I went through the process of advertising, screening applications, interviewing, reference checks, and finally making an offer to the successful candidate. …

In which the writer finds her world transformed by COVID and QR codes.

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Music lovers, I’m sure you can relate to this experience: you learn of an interesting upcoming concert. You contact the ticket broker, box office or other seller and purchase tickets, which are typically in the form of…

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I was out for a morning walk, and I was late.

It was 9 am and I still had about five minutes’ walking to do before I got to the coffee shop for my 9 am appointment.

At first, I thought the furry critter beside me on the path was…

Celebrating Academic Collegiality

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On several occasions, I have had the privilege of working with a group of scientists who came together from across the continent or even around the world. They traveled (or Zoomed) to put their collective heads together to consider a particularly thorny research problem.

The experience always…

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In which the writer considers her mortality, one square at a time.

One of my favorite Medium writers, the indomitable Julia E. …

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There’s been a lot of talk about front line workers lately — how they’re heroes, how they are putting their lives on the line so that the rest of us can reduce our own risks of infection and contagion.

And there’s also been a fair bit of conversation over past…

Sometimes what you don’t say makes the biggest impression

According to Wikipedia, an icebreaker is:

“a facilitation exercise intended to help a group to begin the process of forming themselves into a team. …

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For the past 18 months, I’ve been home a lot more than usual.

And by usual, I mean in the before times, when there wasn’t a pandemic.

I used to go on vacations, sometimes involving an airplane. …

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I have been asked by a reader to explain my Medium name, Corkscrew Annie.

Here are some hints.

Each one has a worm.

Some have a double helix.

This is a waiter’s friend.

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In which the author finds something she didn’t know she was looking for.

I’ve always been a bit of an outsider — a sickly child who would rather curl up with a book than try to keep up with the popular gang.

I started working full time at 15, started…


Recreational writer, collector of antique corkscrews, urban gardener and management consultant to social profit organizations. Proudly Canadian.

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