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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Quotables: Didion on Responsibility

I’m someone who likes to read. I’m also someone who prefers to spend as little as possible, and so that makes me someone who likes to use the public library. One way I like to find new books is to … Continue reading

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Reasons to Go Outside: Life on the Streets

Going for a walk is life well spent. All you need are a decent pair of shoes, the right jacket for the weather, and a bit of motivation to get out the door. Walking  through a neighbourhood is the best … Continue reading

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Projects to Consider: Record Your Grandparents’ Stories

My grandparents passed years ago, and I’m so glad we asked them to sit down and write out some details about their lives while they were still living. Actually, it was my mom’s mother who did most of the writing, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Case For Struggling Teens

I just finished reading Paul Tough’s book ‘How Children Succeed. It’s been all over the press; the Labour Day issue of The Globe and Mail, NPRs This American Life, Daniel Pink and other sources of thoughtful media. The basic premise is that non-cognitive skills, … Continue reading

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21 Fires: Fall-Summer

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Reasons to Go Outside: Caine’s Arcade

If you haven’t watched the video that tells the story of a 9 year-old boy’s cardboard box arcade, take 5 minutes to do it now. The good folks at Wychwood Barns are hosting an event to showcase homemade arcade games. It’s amazing … Continue reading

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Worth Watching: Charlie Trotter on Excellence

  Charlie Trotter is an original celebrity chef. Long before Top Chef and Cake Boss, Charlie Trotter’s Chicago restaurant was making a name by serving some of the best meals in the world. This month, after 25 years in business, … Continue reading

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Projects to Consider: Playlists

David Byrne started making music in the 1970s as the lead singer of Talking Heads. He has remained an icon in the word of independent arts, and in part, has continued to contribute by posting a monthly playlist of other people’s music. … Continue reading

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How Harmonious Are Your Passions?

In July, I attended the First Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology. It was a gathering of academics and practitioners who shared research and best practices into the conditions associated with wellness. While an inevitable dynamic in discussing character and satisfaction becomes … Continue reading

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Quotables: Bill Walton

Bill Walton had huge success as a basketball player in both college and the NBA. He was a disciple of legendary coach John Wooden, who led his UCLA teams to ten championships in twelve years. Walton went on to become … Continue reading

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