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Life Is a Difficult Game

September 3rd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Life Is a Difficult Game

Life is a difficult game. It’s filled with many rules and these rules keep changing. And not everyone plays by the rules. Some people twist the rules, exploiting loopholes that go against the spirit of the already difficult game. We think we start off on equal footing. We don’t.

Round and round we go this undefined game board, picking up pieces and engaging in innumerable rolls of the dice. We interact with the other players, but it’s unclear whether they are our teammates or our opponents. Are we working toward a common goal? Or are we racing to the finish line? And therein lies a fundamental flaw in how most of us, myself included, have chosen to approach this game of life.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Wind of Change

September 2nd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Wind of Change

Following months of severe drought, Vancouver was hit with a heavy rain and wind storm over the weekend. This wreaked all sorts of havoc, knocking down trees and leaving thousands of people without power. As Stacey Robinsmith points out, complaining about losing your power for 24 hours or more doesn’t do you any good. If anything, this crazy wind storm has indicated that too many people are unprepared for natural disasters. You need to be able to survive on your own, with or without power, for at least 48 hours.

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Tech Tuesday: LG G4 Vigor Unboxing Video

September 1st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Tech Tuesday: LG G4 Vigor Unboxing Video

It’s a good time to be a budget-conscious smartphone buyer. You don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles of those top-tier flagship devices when a perfectly capable (and far less expensive) mid-range device will do. Earlier this month, we took a quick look at the ZTE Grand X 2, the full review of which has now been published. Today, we’re turning our attention to another affordable option in the LG G4 Vigor.

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Children’s Stories: Claire and the Beast

August 31st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Claire and the Beast

Common fables and fairy tales oftentimes follow the same common themes and offer the same common lessons. Hard work pays off. Slow and steady wins the race. Dreams really do come true. But what if you were to take one of these common lessons and turn it on its head? That’s exactly what happens with Claire and the Beast. It’s not the little girl who is afraid of the dark; it’s the monster who is afraid of the light.

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Sunday Snippet: Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart (1918-1992)

August 30th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down simply by spending his money somewhere else.”

Say what you will about how Walmart chooses to conduct its business. There are certainly valid concerns about how the company treats its employees (and its suppliers), as well as the aggressive impact the mega-sized superstores have on mom-and-pop shops around town. Walmart is remarkably successful everywhere it goes, so they’ve got to be doing something right. And founder Sam Walton is right; Walmart is ultimately at the mercy of its customers.

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Grammar 101: I Learned to Hide

August 28th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101: I Learned to Hide

Even though my infant daughter probably doesn’t understand much (if any) of what I’m saying, I read her a bedtime story (or three) every night. It’s really more about looking at the pictures and listening to the sound of my voice. We’ve gone through a lot of books and she definitely has some favorites. One book that she seems to enjoy is My Friends by Taro Gomi. Of course, I was quick to nit-pick on the writing.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Be a Real Man

August 26th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Be a Real Man

What does it mean to be a real man? What does it mean, really? If we were to follow the stereotypical tradition, perhaps he’s like the bearded fellow above. He does physical labor and is the sole breadwinner for his family. He’s also emotionally unavailable and a strict disciplinarian.

But this notion of a real man is changing, isn’t it? David Willans is certainly challenging the “traditional” definition, particularly in terms of what it means to provide for your family. As we work toward greater gender equality and more dual-income families, shouldn’t both parents have equal opportunity for equal responsibility?

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Going Home After a Long Day at Work… Oh Wait

August 24th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Going Home After a Long Day at Work... Oh Wait

Today’s blog post is going to sound a little “taking things for granted,” sprinkled with some “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Please indulge me, recognizing that I have been a full-time freelance writer for just a few months shy of a full decade now. During that time, I have worked (almost) exclusively out of my home office with all the perks and pitfalls that accompany such an arrangement. Take, for instance, that there is no such thing as “going home after a long day at work” for me.

Because I’m already home.

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