The 25 best and worst work trends of the past 25 years

From #MeToo and Lean In to open offices and remote work, the workplace has transformed many times over in the past two and half decades. Let’s take a look at how we got here.

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My Social Media Experiences

Social media friends & followers

I was curious to put my experiences on social media down on paper as another blogger asked me about posting blogs to different platforms.  I have also reflected on the pros and cons of the social media platforms I use.

Most of my friends are on Facebook so it is my core friend platform. I have followers on other platforms that are strangers to me. Not many of my friends use the other social media platforms apart from Facebook. I have the impression my WordPress blog is mainly viewed by my followers on WordPress or WordPress Reader.

Word press

In the diagram below I show the distribution of friends and followers among social media sites. The arrows show where I post my WordPress blog.  WordPress does not automatically post to a Facebook Page so I selectively post to my facebook page depending on the topic. I stopped the automatic posting to Linkedin as I did not see many Linkedin readers were picking up the WordPress link. I have posted to Facebook Hornby Island occasionally and this generates a lot of viewers when the topic is pertinent. This group is like a Twitter feed and I have blogged about this. My WordPress blog post is automatically posted to my Twitter feed but I have the impression no one on Twitter reads the link.

My perception of friends and followers use of social media

Pros and Cons of Different Social Media Platforms in my experience.

I went on to compare the strengths and weaknesses of the social media I use and have to confess I am a twitterholic.

Platform pros cons
  • Interesting topical posts by experts all over the world.
  • Good way to track social movements.
  • Con pick who to follow
  • Cool get to more followers
  • Easy to post links
  • Too much information (TMI)
  • A lot of repetition
  • Most of my friends are on it
  • Limited personal communication
  • Can choose who to follow
  • Ads
Facebook Group Hornby Island
  • Community, new friends.
  • Peek into lives of people you would not normally meet.
  • Interesting posts by people in the community
  • What’s happening on Hornby.
  • Themes are repetitive.
Word Press
  • Community, new friends
  • Peek into lives of people you would not normally meet.
  • Time consuming to post. Not free if you use some extra functions beyond basic.
  • Photos and art viewing
  • Very little communication.
  • Hard to use
  • Duplication of Facebook
Linked in Business contacts in theory Very little communication

Seniors using the internet

This study explores internet use by seniors in Canada and mirrors my experience. Seniors uptake of social media increased with the onset of COVID-19. This might be considered a positive spinoff. Tech Use by Older Canadians for Health, Wellness and Independence in the Time of COVID-19. oatechsurvey-sep2020-final-1.pdf

The dark side of social media

In lieu of watching the presidential debates I watched a documentary on Netflix about the effects of use of the internet on society called The Social Dilemma. Ex-employees of major social media companies are interviewed and they raise alarms about intense use of social media. A revealing look behind the scenes.

The Reasons Behind The Unhealthy Rise In Incivility During The Interview Process

Things dramatically took a turn after the stock market meltdown—in the wake of the financial crisis. Over 10 years later, a large portion of the American population has still not fully recovered.
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Anyone glad they are not working any more? I see a trend toward decreasing civility in general and I think that Twitter is the canary in the coal mine. An old fashioned expression for sure!

Going back in time.. to the 1500’s …

Reviews of ancestry and DNA websites.

My initial curiosity in ancestry was tweaked by a search for a great grandparent who was a notable person in New Brunswick, according to stories from my family. I discovered a family tree had been created on Geneanet. From there I become curious about ancestors from France and from there DNA testing.   I discovered some differences in DNA and ancestry sites and thought I would share the lessons learned. The first lesson is to do your research before you hit the send button!!!

I reviewed 5 different sites that offer either DNA testing and/or ancestry databases. The five sites I reviewed were 23andme,, Family Search, My Heritage and Geneanet. I have created a table to compare the different features. My conclusion is at the end of the blog. Ok maybe you don’t want to read the whole thing. I found the to be the best. offers DNA testing and an ancestry data base so you can find both living relatives who have done DNA testing and a family tree of ancestors. You can expect to spend about $ 100 for DNA testing and then further costs for a subscription or a pay per record viewed. The most economical and most efficient site was that offers a free 2 week trial which is long enough to discover ancestors going back to the 1500’s.

A more detailed review of DNA testing sites has been published elsewhere and they recommend CRIgenetics for DNA testing. The review site discusses the scientific pros and cons of each site as well as examples of the reports they produce. Most sites operate better in Google Chrome.

Comparison of sites 23andme My Heritage CRIgenetics Family Search Geneanet.
DNA testing $129 yes DNA and Health $249 DNA $ 57 $200 DNA and health $ 100 DNA only no
Export DNA test yes  yes  ? ?  na  na
Import DNA from another site  no  no  yes no  na  na
Link DNA and ancestry yes no no no no no
Ancestry database Yes $ 25 mo no Yes limited free access. $ 10 mo no yes Yes $ 17 per quarter Linked with Family Search
Export family tree to another site  yes na  yes na  no  yes
Import family tree from another site  yes  na yes na  no  yes
Comments found 15 relatives and 1292 DNA matches Found 2 relatives and 10,331 DNA matches Takes too long to load Found family tree of great grand parents.


The need to import or export DNA data should be minimal if you use or

Once you have created your family tree you can export it to a free software program, so you don’t have to keep up a subscription.

DNA testing-The test involves spitting into a plastic tube provided by the vendor and returning it by mail.


I got DNA tested by 23andme before I understood the difference among the sites. I discovered 2 new cousins who are children of second cousins that I had met as a child and I made some virtual connections to them. About 15 people were related to me with % .8 % of their DNA with most related via great great grandparents but I shared DNA with over 1292 people. Not sure if that is meaningful.

I confirmed my ancestry of British/Scottish/Irish which was no surprise to anyone. Family stories have mentioned this, my family names were typically Scottish and people know it by looking at me. Apparently there is some Nordic ancestry but I have not verified with the family tree I created in  Tow years later the DNA testing site has done fine tuning on location of ancestors and apparently at least one ancestor tracks back to Cyprus.  It was of course a British colony at some time.  I think 23andme is limited by who has regiested in the website for DNA testing so it does not have an international database so it’s conclustions are limited to Europe and North America.

This site also screens for genetic diseases and some health conditions. I found I carry one of two genes for macular degeneration which my father had, but I am not likely to get it since you need 2 genes for the condition to occur. That was good to know. I did not find a lot of correlations for things like coffee drinking were accurate, although hair and eye colour were bang on.  Correlations for body weight were not accurate.

You can’t tell how you are related to people on the 23andme site. So in order to do that I exported the DNA results and uploaded to another site with ancestry database (Myheritage) but I was not able upload the DNA data to In retrospect it would have been better to do DNA testing with

This was the next site I tried and I quickly became addicted to exploring my ancestry.   It was so easy to use and I was intrigued as each generation of my family history appeared as I clicked on “potential mother/father”.   It was easy to verify family members as the site brings up a record of birth/death/census/marriage etc. You can save records, photos and documents to your family tree or your computer. I was able to export the file to My Heritage and found a lot of different relatives from other parts of the world.  Most of the people in the database that I reviewed are deceased but I suspect if you loaded your DNA you would find more living family members.


I found 2 distant relatives. I did not go much further on this site.

Family Tree

I did some further research but did not find anything new.


I found a detailed family tree for one arm of my family.  There was a lot of history in French.

What I found interesting

I was able to track my family tree on back to the 1500’s. I discovered that New Brunswick was populated by immigrants from Scotland in the early 1800s who settled around Stanley where my father grew up. Some of my ancestors were early settlers of New France. There are many families of 10+ children. Some of my ancestors lived into their 80s. Many parents named their children after the male parent, making it a bit confusing to track ancestors unless you have birth data.  I also connnected online with several living relatives that I had never met through 23andMe.  One has a large repository of family pictures which she has shared with me from a family homstead in Rexton, NB.

Here is an example of what I have been able to find on over 2 weeks.

  Year born Place born Side of family Ancestor
12th GGF 1451 Forfor, Angus, Scotland mother Andrew Patterson
11th GGM 1550 Ploermel, Morginhan, Bretagne, France mother Marguerite Hignon dame de la Mare Farault
10th GGF 1590 Montmain. Seine-Maritime. Haute Normandie France mother Michel Arbour
10th GGF 1620 Berwickshire, Scotland father William Hogart
7th GGF 1658 Loughborough, Leicestershire. England father Ambrose Wolfe
6th GGF 1700 Appin, Argyllshire, Scotland father John Buchanan
4th GGF 1748 Kelso, Roxburghshire. Scotland father Lord David Douglass

Records from Canada, like the census, are free to view on but records from Scotland and the USA are a pay to view from about $ 2.00 a record. However, the data from the record is in their database so you don’t have to view the original record. One could spend $ 50+ or subscribe on a long term basis.  You can send a link to share the family tree for free.

Exporting files
A free software app called My Family Tree can be downloaded from Microsoft Store. You can export of file from the family tree apps in a Gedcom format and import it into the My Family Tree app. There are lots of ways customize the app.

Pictures of some ancestors.


Charles Henri Labillois

Charle Marie Labillois









Duncan Buchanan

Hugh Catherine Buchanan

James and Isabella Dorcas

James Jarvis

Walktober 2019: Finding beauty wherever you go

Walktober 2019: Finding beauty wherever you go
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This is a virtual meet up of bloggers. It is so touching to hear and see everyone’s walks. And the bloggers is a gifted writer.