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Your world view

Many, many years ago when I was in Australia, I recall my worldview being challenged. And by that I don’t mean my values or beliefs, but literally my view of the world map. Growing up in Canada, I had been exposed to maps giving North America the prominence that only seemed natural. I had never questioned that a map would look any different, nor had I considered maps as a way to tell a story.
Until Australia.

Light of Day Theory

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” 
- Julia Cameron

I was recently chatting with a colleague when he referenced what he calls the “Light of Day Theory”. He described a night in high school when he fell asleep as he was writing out a script for a play. He awoke several hours later to what seemed like really funny material. In the morning, he raced to write out his thoughts exactly as he recalled them. But as he did so, he realized the words, phrases and ideas had all lost their humour.

A lost art

With Valentine’s Day coming up next month, candy shops are stocking up on chocolates, flower boutiques are preparing their window displays and jewelry stores are bracing themselves for what is probably the busiest day of the year.
This year, why not skip the lines and show your better half how much you care with a truly heartfelt gift – a love letter. Love letter writing has existed for centuries as a way of expressing couples’ enduring passion for one another. Fortunately for the Internet, we can easily refer to some of the greatest love letters in history for inspiration.

Honest living

I recently had occasion to escape the urban jungle I love for a few days for a much-needed reprieve in the country. Winter can be tough, and there’s nothing like a cabin and a wood burning stove to bring renewed appreciation for Mother Nature in all her seasons.

I’ve always loved the outdoors and since I was a child dreamt of days spent in a log cabin far removed from life’s endless distractions. It was much to my surprise when I learned that I would be doing just that over the recent holiday season.

Old ways

As we embark on a new year, many people endeavor to change their ways, to improve themselves somehow - whether that be with a resolve to lose weight, spend more time with loves ones, save more money... - among the long list of possibilities.
This got me thinking about the success rate of these resolutions, or lack thereof. Without going into the research behind it all, let’s just say, those who stick to these promises in the long term to attain their goals are rare.