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Harp on shield

A St. Patrick’s Day limerick

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for me and many others; for me, part of the reason I like the day is because I finally get to wear my ridiculously green Guinness polo shirt that I bought the last time I visited the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. It’s not […]

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Brian Crawford in Taiwan

Four more tips for world travelers

A while back I posted three tips for traveling the world. Today I’m going to introduce four more tips. And of course, I am always interested in hearing about even more tips for making traveling the globe more enjoyable; let me know if you have any! Tip 4: Travel light When you’re traveling, try not […]

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International meetings

Five tips for hosting international conference calls

Recently I’ve become the project manager of an international project with participants spread throughout six different countries on three separate continents: North America, Europe and Asia. We have been meeting to discuss a variety of different requirements documents, and for an international project team meeting means coming together from wherever (and whenever!) we are in […]

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Canada Day in Ottawa

Canada Day is not a Hallmark creation!

Today is Canada Day and being a Canadian native living in the United States I have been fielding many questions about the holiday. A lot of my friends are aware that it is Canada Day (it’s on their calendars, or Canadian friends living here in the Deep South have wished them a happy one), but […]

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Cinco de Mayo

A toast to Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday that takes place annually on the fifth of May. Here in the United States Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated, even by those not of Mexican or Mexican-American origin – this evening great numbers of people will be eating Mexican food, listening to festive Mexican music, drinking […]

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Sakura at Taisekiji in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan

Vernal Equinox – a holiday in Japan

This weekend we’re experiencing the Vernal Equinox; one of two times of the year when the hours of light in the day are equal to the hours of darkness at nighttime (the term “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night). The Vernal Equinox takes place during the springtime (for […]

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Connemara

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland vs. the United States

St. Patrick’s Day has arrived, and once again many of my friends in the United States are getting ready for the day’s celebrations. One friend is currently in Savannah, home of the second largest St. Patrick’s Day event in the country. Friends are getting their green shirts ready for the day – for people growing […]

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