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Graeme Byrd's thoughts, stories and adventures. Lessons from life.

#NeverForget - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Graeme Byrd

#NeverForget - I always thought this was a powerful statement. And on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day I'm feeling it more than ever before because of the actions of the current US President - from building a wall between the United States and Mexico to the suspension of refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries.

January 27 is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is a day we remember the 6 million Jews and the 5 million others. A horrific genocide. As we say #NeverForget, we’ve also said #NeverAgain, but it has happened again - Cambodia, Darfur, Rwanda, Bosnia. And it is still happening.

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Cold as...

Graeme Byrd

There has been ice on the ground in Vancouver for weeks and the temperatures have remained below freezing most of the time (currently the thermometer shows 1°C / 34°F - so just above freezing). It has been beautiful - some of the best skiing I've ever had at Whistler due to the great snow. And the clear skies over the city have created spectacular views...but I just can't get Paul Kelly's song out of my head...Cold as Canada.

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From poet laureate of rock 'n' roll to Nobel laureate - Bob Dylan

Graeme Byrd

While I first saw Bob Dylan in concert in 1991 (at San Jose State University), It was in 1997, when I was in high school, that Bob Dylan was the subject of two school projects - one in my English class and the other in my US History class. That was the first time I listened to all of Dylan's official recordings in chronological order (and of course added in a number of bootlegs). It was that experience which educated me on the impact he had on American history. I fell in love with his music and gained a deeper appreciation of how one man, one voice, can influence movements. It was also in 1997 when I was extensively researching Bob Dylan, that I first read letters and articles explaining how he should receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Happy Birthday Bob!

Graeme Byrd

Bob Dylan's 75th Birthday. A day of celebration - and yes, I celebrate it every year. There is so much one could say about the impact Bob Dylan has had on the world since he first started to play music.

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Speaking at #NI15

Graeme Byrd

I'm excited to return to the annual Net Impact Conference later this week. It will be my 4th Net Impact Conference in 6 years in which I've spoken or attended. This year is especially interesting as I embark on a new topic for me to share about - life. I'm excited to sit on a panel of 3 couples (yes, that means Stacey and I are doing this together - as we are 2 Byrds a Roen) to share our stories about how we are building meaningful relationships while weaving work, life and impact together.

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