Beyond the Rhetoric


Marvel Universe LIVE! Costume Contest

May 25th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Captain America

It pains me to say that I have yet to watch Age of Ultron. I know. I know. There are probably some strings on me. If you have had the chance to watch the latest Avengers movie and you’re itching for some more superhero action, you’re in luck. Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Vancouver next month and they’re celebrating by hosting a special costume contest.

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Sunday Snippet: Annabel Karmel

May 24th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Annabel Karmel

“Follow your passion. Figure out what you love, who you really are. And have the courage to do that. Courage is the greatest of all virtues because if you haven’t got courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.”

When we were kids, many of us had these big, bold dreams about who we were going to be when we got older. We were going to be astronauts, firefighters, professional wrestlers and cartoonists. It all seemed within reach and yet so few of us actually followed through on our dreams. Instead, reality hit us like a ton of bricks and many of us settled on more “reasonable” careers.

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Sweet Cherubim Vegan Restaurant, Commercial Drive

May 22nd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sweet Cherubim, Commercial Drive (Vancouver)

I’d probably be the first person to tell you that I’m a “meatatarian” by nature. I like steak. I like bacon. I like great southern BBQ. At the same time, I’m also the kind of person who is open to new culinary adventures. Under most normal circumstances, it would be unlikely to find me at a vegetarian restaurant by choice, let alone one that’s vegan. But hey, I’ve heard good things about Sweet Cherubim and it’s got to be worth a shot.

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On Being the Only Dad at Story Time

May 21st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

On Being the Only Dad at Story Time

When I was a baby, or so I’ve been told as I clearly cannot recall personally, I didn’t get out all that much. The overwhelming majority of my human interaction would have been with my immediate family. It wouldn’t have been until I was enrolled in preschool that I had any sort of meaningful interaction with other kids who were not my kin. Maybe certain programs didn’t really exist at the time. Maybe my parents didn’t know about them.

Things are going to be different for my little girl. For starters, we’ve been taking her to baby story time at the local public library. This gives her a chance, if nothing else, to be exposed to other babies her age. We read stories and sing Raffi songs. It’s a great little program and it’s completely free to attend. Looking around the room each week, though, the demographic mix became quickly apparent.

I’m the only dad here.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Geeky Edition

May 20th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: I'm a Geek

It’s true that Instagram is filled with #foodporn and selfies. It’s also true that you can find a pretty diverse group of people on the photo-centric social network, as Zach Rosenberg has unearthed some very geeky dads on Instagram who you should follow. James Estrada (@nerdyathomedad) is probably one of the best, featuring pictures of his son in an epic Rocket Raccoon cosplay getting plenty of attention at conventions and among mainstream media.

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Grammar 101: Punctuating Do’s and Don’ts

May 19th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

In addition to word choice, word order and spelling, another area of grammar that deserves your attention is punctuation. Using the right punctuation marks in the right context can dramatically elevate your writing to another level… and using punctuation incorrectly can equally detract from your writing too. What happens when the do’s and don’t of punctuation get a little muddled?

More on point, how should you be punctuating the phrase “do’s and don’ts” in the first place?

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Boiron Homeopathic Medicine for Babies (Unboxing Video)

May 18th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Boiron Homeopathic Medicine for Babies

As a new parent, being introduced to the world of baby products can be incredibly overwhelming. And that’s just with all the “normal” baby care items. When the little one is crying incessantly and clearly in discomfort, it becomes even more gut-wrenching for new moms and dads. We also understand that babies, in general, cannot handle the same kind of over-the-counter medicine that most of us take.

With little Adalynn going through her teething pain, I decided to partner up with Carol McBee from Mommy Connections to review some of the homeopathic medicine from Boiron. There are a number of different Boiron products available online for babies and adults alike, and they are meant to be as natural and as safe as possible.

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Sunday Snippet: Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995)

May 17th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995)

“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.”

You may have heard that you receive back what you put out into the world. This only makes sense. Smile and the world will smile back at you. And if you are particularly grumpy and angry all the time, other people aren’t going to be particularly friendly with you either. And even when they are, your negative mindset will color your experience.

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