The 2K11 24/7 CCXI: Power in Numbers

Little kids and lemonade stands bring neighbourhoods together. Having moved to the opposite side of a major city, away from where I was born, raised and spent most of my life, it’s almost like forging into a brave new world. I’ve stopped hanging out with most of my old friends, every time I visit my hometown it looks increasingly different — I’ve had to accept that my old hometown is no longer so.

But whereas I grew up with my neighbourhood there for close to 20 years, here it’s like starting from scratch. This kinda sucks, because one’s neighbourhood and how much they’re involved with it have direct correlations with the quality of life you’ll have wherever it is that you live.

Today, though, that gap was closed a little — all it took was a little girl and a lemonade stand.

The 2K11 24/7 CCX: The Potent Powers of Persistence

You’ve gotta know when to give it and when to quit it. Who are you? What do you want out of life? How do you get it? You’ve gotta be persistent in life!
But don’t be TOO persistent…

The 2K11 24/7 CCIX: YOU Must Make Your OWN CHOICES

It’s good when your wife has your back. About a week ago, Sarah had sent me a piece from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Connection — a daily devotional based off of his ever-popular book, The Purpose Driven Life. It’s a Christian guide for finding a better sense of meaning in one’s life and reassurance to get through the difficult times.

The topic was on choices, and Sarah told me that it was written much like I’d write my posts — don’t wait for outside intervention for the bad things in your life to change. It is your life. You need to effect the changes you want. Even from a Christian standpoint, while God might know the grand destiny for our lives, he still gave us the gift of free will — YOU must make the choices that will define YOUR life while you have it!
Feel free to read the article below to get an idea of the way Rick aimed to get this idea across, albeit more eloquently. I’ll see you tomorrow with a post that took a few heads put together to make as good as it is!
–Casey E. Palmer

The 2K11 24/7 CCVIII: 21 Ways to Improve Your Life

Why even say it when someone's already done it for you? This principle is the reason why we buy greeting cards. Why you had to have been there. Why a picture says a thousand words. Why it's better to hear things straight from the horse's mouth.
Sometimes you have ideas of things you want to write about, but someone else did it better. That's pretty much what happened when I got this in my email today — what started as a chain letter actually proved to be a set of statements on little things you can change in order to make your life a little easier to live. Who'd have thought that they could actually be useful?

The 2K11 24/7 CCVII: The Importance of Attitude


If you've got a bad attitude, it's likely that you're ruining the day of not only yourself, but also everyone around you.

The 2K11 24/7 CCVI: But the Last Time WAS the Last Time!

We, as a species, have become so adept at lying that we’ve learned how to do it without even consciously TRYING to do it.Tell me if you’ve heard this one before:”This’ll be the last time — I SWEAR.”

The 2K11 24/7 CCV: How to Come Up With the Best Ideas Ever

Once upon a time many of us were told that we could be whoever we wanted to be and do whatever it is we wanted to do with our lives. While this in most cases is ultimately true, as we get older, we forget this. Our imaginations grow duller as we replace it with worldly knowledge. As we gain more responsibilities as adults, our priorities change to accommodate the choices that are the most likely to put roofs over our heads and food on our tables, convincing ourselves that our most imaginative ideas are too outlandish or risky to try out.
These ideas could be traveling across the world. Or starting a new business. Maybe adopting a child from an impoverished country. Or dropping your job to pursue something you really love. The best ideas come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. But eventually, that nagging doubt creeps in, filling your mind with things you rather not think about it.
“What if I fail?” 
“Why do I have to do it?” 
“What will people think of me?” 
“It’ll never work!” 
“I’m just not good enough.”

The 2K11 24/7 CCIII: RESPONDEZ!!!

Have we forgotten about manners? Are the lessons that society has taught us throughout our lives about conduct and behaviour being trod on and thrown out the window? It’s not such a nice world out there. We flip the bird to fellow drivers and beak off to figures of authority. We write nasty comments on blogs and refuse to get along.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.
I was reminded of this at a party I threw earlier this summer. RSVPs are a wonderful thing: they help us figure out how many people to prepare for at a party; when done online, they help people to get excited for a party where they can reconnect with others that they haven’t seen in a while; above all, they help set the tone for the kind of party that people can expect.

The 2K11 24/7 CCII: The Terror of Television

I’m the LAST person you want in a conversation about television. The only times I tned to watch any TV is when I’m on vacation, or if someone’s lent me some seasons of a show, since I feel obliged to have watched them before returning the DVDs.

And such was the case with Scrubs (despite it having come out in 2001.) My cousin (if it’s Sarah’s cousin’s fiancé, I can still call him cousin, right?) had lent it to me about a year ago, and I just never got around to watching it — until Sarah told me that we wanted to invite them over for dinner earlier this month.

Uh oh.

The 2K11 24/7 CCI: R.I.P. Quinn / Carpe Diem II

So some months back, I wrote a post about carpe diem — seizing the day. But sometimes, the point is driven home and the lesson is far more poignant than other times.
On Monday, my mother called to let me know that her cousin’s 16-year old son, Quinn Issiah Evering, had suddenly passed away on a trip down to Colorado for basketball camp. 16 years old.
You never know what this world has in store for you. So live your lives and live them well. Live every day like it’s your last, and live with no regrets. For the biggest one will always be “I wish I did this/that…”.
I’ll let the Toronto Star article speak for itself below, but I hope they’re taking care of Quinn up above. He was loved by many.
–Casey E. Palmer


Quinn Issiah Evering was a monster on the basketball court but a gentle giant with his family and many friends.“Everybody loved him that met him,” said his aunt, Lorraine Evering. “He was a gentle, sweet, loving young man.”Quinn, 16, collapsed during a passing drill at a basketball camp in Colorado around 3 p.m. Monday. His coaches and paramedics performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the Aspen Valley Hospital, according to Pitkin County police.He was a big boy with a big smile, said Steve Ketchum, head coach at the senior boys’ elite camp run by the Aspen Basketball Academy.

Quinn was 6’5” and about to enter grade 11 at Northern Secondary School in the Eglinton Ave. E. and Mount Pleasant Ave. area.

“He had some talent and appeared to be playing and competing with the best of them,” said Ketchum. “My heart goes out to him and his family.”

There were about 130 boys at the overnight camp, including a childhood friend of Quinn’s. The Aspen School District brought school counsellors in for the other campers Monday evening and those counsellors will be available for the rest of the week, said superintendent John Maloy. The camp will continue as scheduled, until Thursday afternoon.

“They’re doing as good as they could possibly do given that it’s such a tragic circumstance,” said Ketchum of the other children who were on the court when Quinn collapsed.

The cause of death was still unknown Tuesday and the Pitkin County Coroners Office announced it would be performing an autopsy.

Quinn was an only child and his mother Molly’s best friend. She was too distraught to speak with the media while she waited in Toronto for her son’s body to be flown back from Colorado.

“He was a good kid and loved his mom,” said his aunt. “When he exhaled, she inhaled.”

Quinn played basketball, football and the saxophone, she added, and enjoyed building model bicycles.