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Showing posts from November, 2012

Guest Corner: It's the Little Things

“The little things mean a lot,” a wise man once said.
So true is this adage when we consider the complexities of our lives. Now more than ever is a time when people are stressed, rushed and generally frazzled. The 24-hour digital age translates, accordingly, to a 24-hour “on call” role for many of us regarding work, as the ability to turn off and tune out is virtually impossible (pun intended). The expectation of work, work, work, coupled with our family commitments is a lot for many of us who would just like to go back to the simpler days of times past. No cell phones, no Internet, no email to check. We seemed to be a lot more tuned in to our world and our lives in the absence of these modern distractions.

Everybody Loves Raymond

The holidays will be upon us shortly and I can't think of a time of year that brings out more polarized feelings...on the one hand feelings of cheer and excitement, on the other, feelings of dread and loneliness.  Some, myself included, dislike the commercialism that is tied to the season.
Christmas carols in November are just wrong. Holiday decorations on the heels of Halloween, also wrong. Forcing your crying child to have a photo taken with Santa...well you know where I am going with this.

Tread Lightly

"Responsible travel" has become more and more top of mind among travellers. People are increasingly making an effort to respect the environment, local cultures and laws, and all that this entails. Depending on the country in question, one sensitivity could be around taking photographs. Anyone who knows me, is well aware of my love of photography. In fact, I buy nothing in the way of souvenirs when I travel as my photos are the greatest take away I could ever have. I would even go so far as to say that I look forward to making photos in the places I visit just as much as I look forward to the trip itself. The two go hand-in-hand.

It's Sensitive

Visiting faraway places is a reminder of just how much of what we do every day can be influenced by our environment. As an example, as a North American, would you ever think twice about pointing the bottom of your feet toward someone? Of course not.
But in Egypt this is a sign of disrespect and hugely offensive.

Spotlight On: Holiday Helpers

With the holiday season shortly upon us, you may be considering ways of giving back, perhaps making donations or giving time to a cause you believe in. Holiday Helpers (HH) is a volunteer run charity dedicated to giving a Christmas to underprivileged families in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). I spoke with co-founder Sarah Rutka about her vision for the organization and what she thinks about mindful living.

Life is Nothing without Love

"Where there is love there is life." ― Mahatma Gandhi Love, like nothing else is the common denominator among all cultures, races, creeds and religions. We all seek love as the essence of our existence. Where we find it and how we share it can differ, no doubt. But the quest for and fulfillment from this emotion is universal.

I'm baaack

I just lived a childhood dream, and that is to visit Egypt.
Right up until my day of departure I couldn’t even believe I was actually going. Life is funny that way sometimes. The longer you’ve anticipated something, the harder it is to absorb that it’s finally a reality.

The long awaited adventure not only met my expectations but exceeded them. Landing in Cairo, a city of 27 million people, is an assault on the senses. I had never been to a city that big and it was full on, all the time. Bustling streets, smoggy air, beeping horns, and street vendors are the city’s life blood. But this was only a small part of the experience.