I have a confession to make. I sinned. I broke the law. Worse, I got caught. Probably the cardinal Law of Writing is, “To thine own self be true.’ I wasn’t true. I was false. I am a plagiarist.

Last December  I published a story called “Yum! Pond Scum on this very blog ( ) I liked the story, I liked it when I published it in December, and I liked it when I published it in 1996 when I published it in my book, “Awakening the Hunk Within.” I plagiarized myself the second time, and what’s worse, I learned this week that the particular situation would not and could not occur today. The problem I identified in 1997 has been solved, In fact, I learned it was solved by a federal law in 2005.

One of the problems with blogging is that some people actually read the postings. I have been watching my numbers of constituents soar. Thanks to the Yahoo Humour Writers Group, my contacts on LinkedIn and, all my followers on (whatever that means,) and to someone who doubtless hungry for a little blue-green algae, I get about 3oo readers per month.

Misty Thomas was one of my readers. Misty is the Fitness Program Manager of the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA.) The BCRPA is the agency that registered me as a fitness instructor some 20 years ago, and continues to do it to this day – provided I keep my First Aid and CPR updated and attend a few hours of continuing education workshops through the year. We have had a good relationship over the past two decades, and I suspect the other 3500 fitness instructors across the province feel the same way.

But now I’m in the BCRPA doghouse – all because I plagiarized my own stuff. I sure can get myself into trouble . So along with this retraction and apology to Misty and my agency, I offer these suggestions to those who start their conversation with sentences’ such as,

”Do you think outside the box?”


“Are you ready for a Paradigm Shift?”


“You look like someone who’s a leader in the community. Have you thought of setting yourself up with multiple income streams?”

I have this word of advice.


Mike Broderick is an Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he finds employment for people with physical disabilities. Part of this work means affiliation with the Vancouver Board of Trade where he is a member of the Ambassador Club, the Burnaby Board of Trade where he is a member of the Labour Task Force, the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce where he is an active member of the 10X10 initiative, and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a  fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at   or at

If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates



  1. Sharon Says:

    Hmm?? Good apology, but I don’t know what you wrote that is now illegal. December is too far back for me to remember. The ending – is that a jab at BCRPA or a joke?

    Apologies or amends are always in order to keep relationships strong. So good for you.

  2. mikebroderick Says:

    Thanks Sharon,

    Nope, that was a real apology. I plaigeized myself without checking whether the system had changed. It did change, and the irony is that perhaps it was that same story I published years ago fed fuel to the establishment of a new law.

    For me, apologies are a pain in the butt. Usually there is no consequence for the apologizer. Sorry – That’s it -end of story. Apologizees need to show more backbone. The next tome someone says they owe you an apology, follow these steps:

    1. Ask when you should be getting it

    2. Watch the Nike Ad featuring Tiger Woodss and his dad speaking from the grave

    3. If it has gone to court, ask for money!


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