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July 10, 2024

BG’s Positively Speaking

Are You a Builder or a Wrecking Ball?

In the grand theatre of life, we each play a role. Some of us are builders, architects of possibility, and encouragers of people. Others resemble wrecking balls, dismantling what once stood, shredding the confidence of the people around them, and living in a constant atmosphere of negativity. The choice lies within us, and it’s a question worth pondering.

The Builder:

They are visionaries. They survey the landscape not merely with eyes but with imagination. Their minds are ablaze with blueprints. They construct bridges, both literal and metaphorical, connecting people, ideas, and dreams. Builders don’t shy away from challenges; they embrace them as opportunities to create something lasting.

A builder’s legacy is etched in stone and woven into the fabric of society. Their structures withstand storms, and their words inspire generations. They raise families, construct businesses, and cultivate communities. Their work is slow and deliberate—a symphony of effort that crescendo over time.

The Wrecking Ball:

On the other hand, the wrecking ball is a force of destruction. It swings with abandon, tearing down walls and shattering illusions. It doesn’t discriminate—old or new, cherished or forgotten—everything succumbs to its might. The wrecking ball doesn’t build; it clears space for something else.

The paradox is that sometimes destruction is necessary. Old structures must yield to progress. The wrecking ball dismantles what no longer serves, making way for renewal. It’s the harbinger of change, the agent of transformation.

The Dance:

Perhaps we are both builders and wrecking balls. Life demands that we construct and deconstruct, create and dismantle. The key is knowing when to wear each hat. Sometimes, we lay foundations; other times, we demolish walls that confine us.

So, ask yourself: Are you building bridges or swinging the wrecking ball? Both roles have a purpose and leave their mark. Perhaps in the dance between creation and destruction, we find our most authentic expression.

Editors Quote Book

“The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”

— Hasidic Proverb

Pocket Change

Coins were first used in the eighth century BC. They are the most durable of antiquities, so they still exist in significant quantities from long-forgotten ages, out of all proportion to other relics of their time.

The Hospital Bill

Margie received a bill from the hospital for her recent surgery and was astonished to see an anesthesiologist’s fee of $1200. She called his office to demand an explanation. “Is this some kind of mistake?” Margie asked when she got the doctor on the phone. “No, not at all,” the doctor said calmly. Well,” said Margie, “that’s awfully costly for knocking someone out.”

“Not at all,” replied the doctor. “I knock you out for free. The 1200 dollars is for bringing you back around.”

Trivia Quiz

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1. What does ‘BBC’ stand for?
British Broadcasting Corporation.
2. Who wrote the horror novel It?
Stephen King.
3. How many miles in a marathon?
4. What is vodka traditionally made from?
5. What's the capital of Spain?
6. In what year did World War II end?
7. What fruit is associated with Newton’s discovery of gravity?
8. Who founded Amazon?
Jeff Bezos.


A More Sober, Or Funnier, Drunk, There Never Was!

Your Horoscope

For Amusement Only

ARIES (March 21- April 19): You need to show your true self. So, sing your song, dance your dance, and be who you really are.

TAURUS (April 20- May 20): A good friend visits. Enjoy the company, but resist the temptation to unload your burdens. Keep it light and easy.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): An unexpected detour brings you face-to-face with someone you have been avoiding. It’s time to confront the situation.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Change your behaviour before it’s too late. Some of your co-workers are becoming less tolerant of you.

LEO (July 23- August 22): Compliments about you are plentiful. You have set the bar high for yourself and others. Now, keep it up.

VIRGO (August 23- September 22): Your password for the future seems to be great expectations. Don’t expect them all to be realized right away.

LIBRA (September 23- October 22): A tight schedule will place more demands on your time. You will need to ‘push’ yourself a little harder.

SCORPIO (October 23- November 21): Use your head, not your heart, to solve a current dilemma. Keep your emotions in check.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22- December 21): The best strategy for the moment is to keep a low profile. Keep your head down and let the turbulence pass.

CAPRICORN (December 22- January 19): Conserve your energy. You will need some in reserve to meet the challenge ahead.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Get out of town. Even if it’s just for a few hours. A drive in the country is just what you need.

PISCES (February 19- March 20): Be bold and voice your ideas when asked your opinion. Don’t be surprised when they are well received.

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A Flashy Fish Story

Photos of a vibrantly coloured fish that looks too flashy to be real went viral on Japanese social media, prompting many to ask if it resulted from too much digital editing.

Popular YouTube channel Fishing Gang Azusa took to social media to post a very intriguing picture of their latest catch – a flashy fish that almost looked painted. People started asking if it was real or just a case of too much Photo Shop. Still, it wasn’t until Azusa posted a video on YouTube of them catching the fish that the photos went viral. The footage shows the alien-looking fish in all its splendour, leaving many viewers with their mouths wide open at the thought that such a creature exists. The fish was released back into the sea.

The Mural

Every newspaper in New York sent a reporter and a staff photographer to the office of a local ophthalmologist when it was learned that he recently performed a successful sight-saving operation on the wife of the country’s most celebrated mural artist, who, in addition to paying the doctor’s usual fee, had gratefully insisted on painting one of his contemporary masterpieces across an entire wall of the doctor’s waiting room. The mural turned out to be an immense multi-coloured picture of a human eye, in the center of which stood a perfect miniature likeness of the doctor himself. While cameras clicked and most of the newsmen  Crowded around the famous artist for his comments, one cub reporter drew the eye specialist aside and asked: “Tell me, if you can, Doctor-what was your first reaction on seeing this fantastic artistic achievement covering an entire wall of your office?” “To tell the truth,” the physician replied, “my first thought was, thank goodness I’m not a hemorrhoid specialist!”

The Card Game

A woman who plays cards one night a month with friends was concerned that she always woke up her husband when she came home around 11:30.

So she decided to be considerate and not rouse him this time. She undressed in the living room and, purse over arm, tiptoed naked into the bedroom, only to find him sitting up in bed, reading. “Oh No!” he exclaimed. “Did you lose EVERYTHING?!?”

The Last Word

The coffee shop had a sign, “No WiFi, pretend it’s 1974.”
So, I paid a dime for my coffee and lit a cigarette.


  1. Lynn Lehman says:

    Every now and then, when a particular written word moves me, I take a snapshot of it and tuck it away in my ‘Lessons Learned’ file. This edition of ‘BG’s Positively Speaking’ titled “I Can Hear You” is one of them. Thanks for your continuing words of wisdom. Always much appreciated!

  2. Lynn Lehman says:

    Who said…”It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit?” President Harry Truman.

  3. Lynn says:

    My grandmother had a similar saying: .”More haste, more waste”.

  4. Darlene says:

    I hadn’t seen a copy of the Perkolotar for sometime. I was thrilled to find one at the Orillia Bakery. I immediately signed up for the online delivery. I enjoy this little paper so much. I’m very glad I am able to get it.

  5. Linda says:

    Love this online version. Find it much easier to read than the printed copy. Great job!

  6. M. Robertson says:

    I am so happy to receive the Perkolator in my in box.
    Plus I laughed out loud after reading the Irish jokes. Will certainly share with my family when they get home today. Again thanks and keep up the good work.

    M. Robertson

  7. Elena Neij Jansson says:

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