It’s a happy Sunday here at the Little Bitty. My great Bloggyville friend from Canada is back. And the good word is: Not only has Paul Curran returned from his WiFi-less hiatus, but he’s moved his weekly guest post to this very space because our cohort in the U.K., Willow, has decided to concentrate on other important things in life. So without more mouthing off from me, welcome back, and take it away, Paul.
What a pleasure it is to be here at Mark’s doing the Sunday “If We Were Having Coffee” post once again. He has graciously invited us to all assemble at the Little Bitty on Sundays to discuss the state of affairs of the world. Please join me in offering heartfelt best wishes and prayers to Willow and her family. She is having some challenging times, and hopefully all will work out in as positive manner as is possible.
We have coffee or tea or adult beverages in more brands and flavors than ever before. There’s something to satisfy even the most refined tastes — or simple, like mine. I will once again be your barista, and I am looking forward to serving. Just let me know what you would like, and we shall supply it (in the beverage department that is). Now that we’re all gathered please say hello to Karen and Ellie as well – they are kind enough to welcome us while we visit.
I was scanning The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper Saturday and I came across this video. It touched my heart, the kindness and caring of people. I sometimes lose faith in goodness, but every now and then, the human race steps right up to the plate and does something so touching I have to re-evaluate my opinion of humans upwards again. There is a young boy in Abbottsford, British Columbia, who loves hockey. When all his mates went off to play organized hockey, his parents could not afford for him to participate. (For those of you who have never had a young hockey player in the family, especially a goalie, the last time my step-son played at that age it was about $2,200 per year, all in.) He took this in stride but did not give up and dressed in what he had and went out to the parking lot and began to practice by himself on a small frozen puddle. A passing neighbor, knowing the story, took the following video, and you’ll see what happens:
It brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it.
Anyway, whilst I was perusing the Globe I came across another interesting article.
A piece titled “The problem with working for a supposed meritocracy” appeared in Friday’s Globe, and it basically questioned gender equality in the workplace. This has been a problem for a long time, but a new study was rather eye-opening:
“A study by computer science researchers from California Polytechnic State University and North Carolina State University found that acceptance rates of code submitted by women to GitHub, a software repository, was actually higher than that for male coders – but only when their gender was hidden. Female coders who declared their gender saw their acceptance rates fall by more than 15 percent.”
The researchers were clear after interviews that this bias is not conscious – which, I suppose, could be good news or bad news. It is systemic. In fact those who most insisted that their companies were strict meritocracies, actually turned out to have the worst record. The researchers theorized that stating they did not show preference meant they did not feel like they had to be vigilant – and a bias would reappear. If you’d like some more detailed info, the article is in the Globe and Mail at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/life-at-work/the-problem-with-working-for-a-supposed-meritocracy/article29033411/
So, it is wonderful for me to be back on the internet. For those of you who noticed, I was gone for about 3 ½ months – and not by choice. I went through withdrawal symptoms but all is good now – no residual issues. If you’re interested in the convoluted story, I posted it in two parts over at Cordelia’s Mom http://cordeliasmomstill.com/2016/02/22/dont-pay-the-ransom-i-escaped-guest-post-by-paul-curran/ and part two the following day.
The fine lady pictured above is Linda of http://lindaghill.com/ . When all else failed and I was lost to the world, she cared enough (as a representative of a whole pile of bloggers who cared but were spread all over the world) to actually come and knock on my door to make sure I was OK. I was astounded. I was feeling down and depressed one afternoon when my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone, so I went to see who it was. There was this sprite of a woman standing there and she identified herself as Linda. I could not think of a single Linda who would be ringing my bell, and I looked confused, I am sure. Seeing this she said: “Linda from WordPress.” I was amazed.
Apparently the WordPress community had been very worried, and one of the motivators was the very same Mark Bialczak who operates this site. Together they found someone who had my address and passed it to Linda, who was visiting Ottawa on business and she put it to good use. I must say, it gives me a warm feeling of belonging to have such a visit happen.
No coffee post would be complete without a short discussion of the weather. BRRRRR! Ha! It is currently -20 C here in Ottawa as I type this – ungodly cold temperatures for March. We just had another 20 cm (about 8 inches) of snow last week, and it looks and feels like a winter deep freeze. Now mind you the weatherperson says it is supposed to warm up next week. I sincerely hope so. Meanwhile, a hot coffee with a dollop of whiskey and the excellent company of my fellow “If we were having coffee” readers warms the soul.
I wish you and yours a most healthy and prosperous week, and I hope you can make it again next Sunday for another chat and a beverage here at Mark’s.
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