I’ve often wondered how people feel when a movie or a book touches a raw part of them. What it might be like to watch or read a story that cuts into you with a searing hot blade. Now I know.Read More
We’re all busy, very busy. We all have to do lists, things we need to get done at work, at home and even at play. Our to do lists include the repetitive, the obligatory, even the mundane, but no matter what, it all needs to get done.
Or does it?Read More
Bond fever has struck again now that Spectre has landed in our neighbourhood theatres. I’m fascinated by the fact that Ian Fleming’s James Bond character has attracted fans for generations and appears to still have enough momentum to continue on for some time.
Part of the attraction we have towards this character is that, though he feels confident enough about being surrounded by riches, he doesn’t feel beholden to the objects or to his surroundings.Read More
This time of year usually leads us to reflect more on life than at any other on the calendar. The time between Thanksgiving and the end of the year reminds us of how lucky we are to be alive and to be thankful for everything we have in our lives: people, experiences and our favourite creature comforts.Read More
I've been increasingly fascinated, intrigued, even borderline obsessed with tiny homes lately. The fascination hasn't been so much with the size of the accommodations as it has been with the thought process around the concept.
I wonder who's in the driver's seat when it comes to how people living in small spaces think about lifestyle.Read More
As the Holiday Season fast approaches and the retail store messaging becomes louder and more insistent, it can't hurt to talk about consumerism for a bit, don't you think? Especially given the fact that retailers know that this is the time of year when we go well beyond our usual spending levels. They even depend on us to do just that.Read More
Did you know that—according to the authors of Happy Money—after the home and the expensive new car(s), the number one purchase for the overworked is an inground pool?
It’s because the pool is the ultimate metaphor—the one true symbol of having it all, as depicted by Clark Griswold's daydream of having a pool in his backyard in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation movie (1989).Read More
The book’s theme surprised me. It’s about a lonely man, his girlfriend and her friends; a group of people who live their lives in a worrisome version of the future. The more I read, the more I saw the parallels between Shteyngart's work of fiction and modern life.
The characters live in a time where America has fallen from grace. The economy is in shambles, with the country deeply indebted to other nations—namely China, and the gap between the haves and the have nots is now a chasm.
Wait…it gets better.Read More
I received a disheartening piece of mail today. It’s a brochure advertising a 55+ facility nearby that boasts services including:
- Meal preparation
- House cleaning
- On-site convenience store
- An activity room
- Well-appointed grounds
- Hair styling services
- Scheduled transportation to shopping centres
Of course, along with the promise of taking all the inconvenience and work out of life come the glossy pictures of what looks like healthy, vibrant fifty-five to seventy-year-olds enjoying said amenities.Read More
We’re taught at an early age that chasing perfection is what a person needs to do to be considered “good”, that chasing perfection is the road to becoming the best version of “us” possible.
Unfortunately, it’s one of the most destructive lessons we learn.Read More