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Weighing in on Balance

I don’t much believe in astrology.  It’s tough to when the qualities attributed to any sign can apply across the board.  Having said that, whether it’s just a coincidence or written in the stars, I CAN say that as a Libran, I do seek balance.

I am happiest and most satisfied when I am making room for what I must do and what I want to do - be it my career, physical activity, loved ones, creative pursuits, and travel (when realistically possible).

Sure, it's not perfect, and it certainly ebbs and flows, but I consciously do my best to make the time - in the interest of my sanity and that of those around me.
Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. - Robert Fulghum

People out for Good

“Don’t carry grudges. They weigh a ton.”

From the first moment I saw it in the subway station, it caught my eye and put a smile on my face. What's that you ask? A media campaign for social good. Formed to promote generosity of spirit, People for Good inspires Canadians to be nicer to each other in the everyday through clever reminders and word plays. Launched across Canada on June 29, 2011, this movement for social good was co-founded by Mark Sherman, Executive Chair ofMedia Experts, and Zak Mroueh, President and Creative Director ofZulu Alpha Kilo. Admirably, theirs is a multimillion-dollar national campaign not out to sell you anything. Not one thing.

Fundraising 101: Part II

The other day I shared with you my tips for fundraisers. Here is part two of the two-part series. Today's tips are for donors.

Think BIG

You stand to win on so many levels.

Fundraising 101: Part I

Everywhere we turn we’re solicited for charitable funds – on the street, on the phone, online, by mail… With so very many wonderful causes, how to choose?
I’ve been on both sides of the fence, soliciting funds and of course being asked for them.  The decision we make (if at all) to support a charity is a personal one, so I wanted to take a moment to outline a few tips for those on both sides. The hope is that this will inspire greater understanding, patience (and perhaps charity) for everyone involved.
This is part one of a two-part series.

Metaphor for Life

I’m always amused when people naively claim they could have made the same photo as that of the professional photographer whose work they are critiquing. Despite its apparent simplicity, in that moment there is no consideration of all that contributed to the creation of that image.

An impactful photo rarely happens by chance, or due to a specific type of camera. It's the product of some of the very same elements required for achievements in life generally.  I will highlight a few of those here and demonstrate their importance in making strong images.

One is not the Loneliest Number

Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.- Alice KollerAsk anyone who knows me well and they'll tell you I have no trouble being on my own; perhaps some may have even wondered if I was a loner at some stage. The truth is that as much as I enjoy people, I absolutely can’t do without time to myself to reflect and recharge on a regular basis.
In hindsight, I think that being raised as an only child has something to do with it. Not being in the constant company of children must have contributed to a sense of self-sufficiency, especially combined with not having TV as a babysitter. Whatever it was, I'm thankful for it.

How to Change the World

Because I don't know how to change the world, I'll defer to Gandhi on this one.

The World is your Canvas

Street art is art, specifically visual art, developed in public spaces — that is, "in the streets" — though the term usually refers to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, sculpture, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Typically, the term street art or the more specific post-graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art. – Wikipedia Some may say the world is your oyster, and so others the world is your canvas. To a street artist, the latter could not be more true and the possibilities are endless. Take a look at Street Art Utopia’s collection of top pieces of street art worldwide in 2011.

It Can be Simple

It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about the everyday and everywhere.

We’ve raised the prospect of “making a difference” to the loftiest of goals - almost unattainable I would say.  When celebrities with deep pockets advertise their foundations, charities, schools and the like, it’s easy to underestimate the impact and importance of more modest efforts.
But it’s vital to remember that it’s within the reach of each one of us today to make a positive impact and I would argue it is our obligation to do so.