My grandmother had a hard life. There’s no question about it. But it’s what she managed to do with this hard life that ended up making her one of the happiest people I've ever come to know and love.Read More
Technological innovation has brought about amazing changes in our lives. We can pretty much do anything, anywhere, anytime. I have to admit, it’s pretty convenient. I love being able to do online banking, check the weather, post comments, search for just about anything, get directions, check stocks, manage my schedule and connect with others via email/social media/messaging all on this little device I call my phone…oh, and yes, it still enables me to call people at the touch of a button too.Read More
On January 15, I declared that I was going to live a simpler and richer life by having and buying less stuff and doing more of what matters. I had outlined three main themes as part of my plan:
- Don’t buy anything unless it’s urgent - yes, it’s a flexible definition but I’ll update the blog with a tally of purchases made.
- Use (and enjoy) what I have.
- Focus on spending time with and giving to others.
Well, with January and February behind us I'm here to report back on my progress. Let's dive into each of the themes above and see how things are going.Read More
How about right here on earth?
Mark Watney is no normal human being. He’s a NASA astronaut, but that’s not what makes him extraordinary. He’s also an astronaut who’s been left for dead, left to fend for himself on a desolate red planet. He has to deal with the fact that he’s all alone with no way to communicate with earth. Worse even, he also has to contend with the fact that he’ll surely run out of food before a rescue mission can reach him—that is if Mars’s inhospitable environment doesn’t manage to claim him first.
What’s most fascinating about this real page-turner of a novel, is what we can learn from Mark’s adventures and how it applies to life right here on earth.Read More
The day has finally arrived. Netflix has unleashed the third season of its insanely popular TV series “House of Cards”. I’ve been waiting for its arrival with bated breath since the announcement of its release some weeks ago.
Not wanting to welcome its arrival unprepared, I’ve been skimming through the past two seasons, (re)watching the most critical episodes to ensure my memory of the crescendo is crisp—to be certain I won’t miss a single reference to past events. For additional context, I’ve even drunk every word of Michael Dobb's book upon which the series is based. One could say I’m more than prepared for the new twists and turns awaiting the Underwoods.
Why is this series so….powerful?Read More
We often think of motivation in terms of a task followed by a reward. Do something well and you'll get something in return. Do something poorly and you either get nothing, or worse, you get punished. It’s a predictable pattern.
And it’s bad for you.Read More
We all live in a box. Many boxes, actually. Some feel comfortable and safe, some feel too small, and others overwhelmingly large. Either way, they’re still boxes.
These boxes are categories that define us. Each of these categories carries with it rules related to behaviours and expectations to which no one is immune.Read More
I hope you'll indulge me. I don't usually write about blogging, but today's an exception to this general rule. I want to take the opportunity to mark this blog's 1-year anniversary and with that the opportunity to reminisce, express much gratitude and look at what might be in store for this little bundle of joy.Read More
I'm boiling water to make coffee this morning, and I'll be boiling much more throughout the day as I prepare to host a potluck for a number of friends tonight. Why would I be boiling all this water?Read More