Leave the past behind

Leave the past behind
“There is an opportunity for us to renew ourselves. There’s an opportunity for us to leave the past behind and present something different for the future.” Jay Weatherill Sometimes we just need a reminder to live in the now. “I believe you can’t truly know where you’re going in life if you can’t remember where ...

Sometimes it doesn’t matter

Sometimes it doesn't matter
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung Sometimes there’s deep personal meaning to body ink. And other times, not so much. ““Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success,” ran Ernest Shackleton’s want ad ...

Saturday sight: Saturn

Saturday sight: Saturn
This picture was taken Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Jasper National Park, which happens to be a Dark Sky Preserve. It was on a cell phone aimed into a high powered telescope.  Turns out Saturday is named after Saturn, from Latin Saturni dies ‘day of Saturn.  Also the name of the ancient Roman god of ...

Spread the music

Spread the music
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley I loved the retro feel of this tattoo. Turns out its origin was less so. “I actually saw this online, on Twitter I think. I’d wanted a tattoo and when I saw something like this, I thought this was perfect. ...

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs
One of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever experienced in Toronto was the Scarborough Bluffs. Headed back out there this fall for the second time. The view is absolutely breathtaking because you’re so high up on the sand cliffs. This is south of Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough, ON.

Death and rebirth

Death and rebirth
“The symbolism of the Phoenix, like the mystical bird itself, dies and is reborn across cultures and throughout time.” Ancient Origins This one I found interesting because we share the same tattoo studio. A woman own shop called Definitive Studios in the Danforth.   “It’s a Phoenix. It’s actually a really long personal story but ...

New #digitaledu blogs 1

New #digitaledu blogs
On a beautiful full moon a few days before Halloween, we launched our new semester of #digitaledu blogs. See a full Twitter list of the students in my Digital Strategy & Communications Management class. These works in progress will be developed over the semester and offer a full range of topics. Follow our semester at #digitaledu. ...

Things happen for a reason

Things happen for a reason
“Wear your heart on your skin in this life.” Sylvia Plath It’s one thing to know what tattoo a person has, but something much more intimate when its meaning is revealed. That’s the inspiration behind this Behind the Ink blog series asking individuals, what’s the story behind that tattoo? “It originally started as just the ...

October 22 reflected in body ink

October 22 reflected in body ink
October 22, 2014 was a most unsettling day. I didn’t remember the date though — until this week with this Maclean’s cover. I just remember how I felt around this time last year. Facts about actual events can fade quickly, but you usually remember how you felt. I’m also reminded of that sometimes when I ...

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 ...