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 ...

Jon Stewart on bullshit

Jon Stewart on bullshit
“We owe you because we learned from you, we learned from you, by example, how to have a show with intention, how to work with clarity, how to treat people with respect. You are infuriatingly good at your job, and all of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are ...

Size doesn’t matter, knowing does

Size doesn’t matter, knowing does
Humans in small towns and cities are exactly the same when it comes to human experience. Individuals within them both are unexpected mysteries the more you get to know them. And when you don’t get to know them, they remain exactly as you imagined them. Unmysterious perceptions we make up. Always. The human responsible Humans ...

Saturday sight: Jasper’s Punchbowl Falls

Saturday sight: Jasper's Punchbowl Falls
Since we were kids, we’ve spent time lots of time in Jasper National Park. It’s a place with so much to offer — day or night. I think that’s where I probably saw my first waterfall — specifically Punchbowl Falls on the way to Miette Hot Springs. Grabbed these shots on opposite sides last week.  ...

Our first Aboriginal Prime Minister

Our first Aboriginal Prime Minister
Last year at a screening of all 77 or so Heritage Minutes, one stood out. It’s the one where a Chinese man volunteers to place explosives while building the railroad. Most others generated some sort of audience reaction, but for that one – silence. Our dark Canadian history is not often evident. That video was ...

Sunday sight: Trail Capital of Canada 1

Sunday sight: Trail Capital of Canada
When I travelled to PEI’s Green Gables as a teen what struck me is that it looked nothing like I’d imagined. Instead of the Avonlea countryside in the Anne of Green Gables’ films, there was a golf course nearby. This weekend, ventured out to Uxbridge, ON which is officially designated the Trail Capital of Canada with its 220 ...