You are a white girl

You are a white girl
“You are a white girl.”‘It’s a line I’ve been hearing a lot in the last few years. And for some, born and raised in North American compared to other parts of the world are different (i.e. they aren’t considered white, like me I guess). I don’t understand. Uncomfortable words.  And then there’s this video that ...

When will we pay attention to Syria?

This morning I couldn’t even read the front page Globe and Mail story after seeing Alan, a Syrian 3-year-old toddler, washed up face down on a beach. At first, I was angry for having such a graphic image on the cover, but now I think it’s what’s needed for us to pay attention. The Syrian ...

Patience isn’t what it used to be

Patience isn't what it used to be
In a piece for Harvard Magazine, Jennifer Roberts talks about the patience she tries to instil in her art students by making them observe a piece of art for three hours. The idea being that you’ll notice things that you wouldn’t have noticed had you not sat there and actually observed as opposed to just looked.  ...

How to make food taste better

How to make food taste better
“Everything in moderation… including moderation.” ― Julia Child In Scientific American this week, there was new research that says food will taste bland when we’re multitasking. Basically when we’re doing other things that are mentally taxing, we’ll taste less so we’ll eat sweeter and saltier things and eat more of them. So the research means ...

Letter from a 5-year-old

Letter from a 5-year-old
After almost 3 years of writing my niece a letter every week, I finally got a written letter back (as opposed to a picture) . Every one of my letters has a story with something in it. The story about the “year of the horse” was missing its little ceramic horse pendant. So, ultimately this ...

Move? But why? 2

Jackie Kennedy died today in 1994. I didn’t actually remember that. I spotted it on a screen in a subway station after work. I do actually remember the day she died very well though. I had fallen asleep after school in front of the TV, which was blaring the six o’clock news. When I woke ...

Thoughts on attending the Olympics

Anyone who’s been around me in the past few years or so knows I planned to go to Vancouver 2010. It was watching the ’88  Calgary Olympics with my little brother that made me an extremely proud Canadian.  Patriotism is what the Olympics have always represented for me. Being there completely reinforced why I had ...

Olympic games captivate emotions

Later this week, I am fortunate enough to be heading to the Olympics in Vancouver. It’s been a lifelong dream to actually experience the games first-hand. For me, the Olympics don’t keep me interested because of the politics or the controversies. It’s about the people who dedicate their lives for a chance at glory. I ...

Start by being genuinely happy 1

This is about as personal as I will get in this blog, but I wanted to share this video that I had the opportunity to shoot this week. It can serve as a reminder to us all to begin by being happy. Steve Parent-Korbie was born with Cerebral Palsy and given a 5 per cent ...

How to Twitter

We did this video over the summer, before Twitter lists was introduced. Regardless, a good basic understanding of how you should tweet. Why people tweet came from a Pear Analytics report released in August.