Category Archives for "Conversation Topics"

Jun 29

Reading Books Boosts Your Empathy

By Joanne Blake | Books , Conversation Topics , Networking

The Lost Art of Reading Books

Why reading books makes you a good conversationalist and more empathetic.

P.S. and it can even help you find love.

Why books matter in a distracted time

We recently attended a fascinating lecture by David Ulin, former book critic of the Los Angeles Times and author of nine books including The Lost Art of Reading…Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time. Speaking on all aspects of books, writing and reading this was a fascinating evening. David was lively, entertaining, and not surprising, very well read. I couldn’t wait to read his latest book!

Reading books or eBooks

An audience member asked if he felt if there is a difference between reading a hard copy of a book versus reading eBooks on a device. David’s response was that it really didn’t matter. It depended on the person’s preference; the important thing was just to read!Continue reading

Jul 19

Letters From The Lost – My Book Club Surprise

By Joanne Blake | Books , Conversation Topics

Book club choice: Letters From The Lost

Travel and Book Club Coincidences

We often share travel and books as some of our favorite topics for conversation when networking. This summer by strange coincidence I combined the two. It all started by joining a book club.

Since I seem to gravitate towards the same types of books, I thought it would expand my reading horizons. So earlier this year I took the plunge at my local Edmonton public library where they even provide a librarian as book club host. I really enjoyed the new books and discussions.Continue reading

Apr 13

How to Be Parisian. Fashion, Life and Fun Advice

By Joanne Blake | Books , Dress & Image , Etiquette & Manners

Tips for Love, Style and Bad Habits

I just finished reading a cheeky book How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits written by four French girlfriends who currently live or have lived in Paris. They live life large. Their experiences are a moveable feast that you can take with you wherever you go. (Links to Canadian Amazon and US Amazon at the bottom)

From fashion clothing, to conversation, food and affairs. It’s funny, frank and sometimes outrageous. It’s full of contradictions, but I guess that’s what makes Parisian women endearing – you can’t pigeon-hole them.

Here are seven tips and advice that I wanted to share from the book:

Parisian women on –

Imperfection advice

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Nov 19

How is Your Parking Etiquette?

By Terry Pithers | Books , Etiquette & Manners

10 Parking Faux-pas

Okay, you have good manners but does it show up in your parking etiquette?

Joanne and I recently read a great new book on Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, called The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills (which prompted me to re-read To Kill A Mockingbird).

Harper Lee talked about her father, who was a lawyer and the model for her

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character Atticus Finch, in the novel. She admired her father and Atticus, because, he was “the same in his house as he is on the public streets”.

An Authentically Courteous Person?

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Aug 26

Which Red Is Right For You?

By Joanne Blake | Dress & Image , Movies & TV

Tips to Choose Best Color for Your Skin Tone

Emmys – How to Pick Your Fabulous Shade of Red

Reds were the hot colour on the Emmys this year with coral (a shade of red) leading the pack.

Coral is an on trend colour that has been popular these past few seasons. Nowhere was it more evident than the Emmy’s where many stars embraced it and wore it well. But coral is not for everyone. Here are some tips and advice to make it work.Continue reading

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