Beyond the Rhetoric


The Nature of Beyond the Rhetoric Moving Forward

September 19th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Beyond the Rhetoric

I’ve been sharing my musings on the Internet for some 15 years now, starting out with an e-mail newsletter before graduating to a manually-updated Geocities website and finally progressing to the launch of Beyond the Rhetoric in 2006. Throughout that time, I’ve been pretty eclectic about the posts that I write, ranging from movie reviews to philosophical ponderings. I had considered breaking off Beyond the Rhetoric into its own blog, completely focused on the business of freelance writing, but I enjoy the variety and I hope you do too.

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Bonding Time with Baby

September 18th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Adalynn Challenges Sleep Sheep

As you can imagine, my life has been thrown into a tailspin ever since Adalynn joined my life. It’s been less than week and the little one has taught me a lot already… and she’s continuing to teach me more every day. We’re all new at this and I am thankful for all the help and support that we have received thus far.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Father Knows Best

September 17th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Father and daughter

As I mentioned late last week, I recently joined a daddy blogger group on Facebook. It’s great to have this community, as we share many of the same struggles and triumphs. This has also introduced me to a number of their blogs, which are the focus of this week’s speedlink. Let’s see if father really does know best.

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Grammar 101: Nerve-Racking or Nerve-Wracking?

September 16th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

English idioms don’t necessarily make a lot of logical sense. You can’t literally offer a salesperson an arm and a leg for the latest sports car. You’re not exactly “spilling the beans” when you “let the cat out of the bag” either. And these idioms get even more challenging when they are used verbally more often than they are written. Such can be the case with a “nerve-racking” experience… or should you use “nerve-wracking” instead?

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Say Hello to Baby Adalynn Kwan

September 15th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Baby Adalynn

I’ve been told that my lack of social media updates over the weekend was a little suspicious. Now you know why. Susanne and I are proud to announce the arrival of little baby Adalynn.

As can be expected, all three of us still have a lot to learn and I’m positive there will be many more sleepless nights in our future. Hopefully some of that crowdsouced daddy wisdom will come in handy. Both mommy and baby appear to be happy and healthy.

In the meantime, check out Adalynn’s blog at and you can follow her on Twitter @adalynnkwan. Yes, I’m a total geek of a dad.

Sunday Snippet: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

September 14th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Walt Whitman - em Camden, 1891

“Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned the great lessons of those who rejected you, and braced themselves against you? or who treated you with contempt, or disputed the passage with you?”

In the Canadian public school system, at least in my own experience, we didn’t spend all that much time exploring some of the great American authors and poets. For this reason, I never really got exposed to Walt Whitman until I decided to watch Dead Poets Society on my own some years later. Having sifted through a passage or two, I’m now intrigued by some of his writings.

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Crowdsourcing My Daddy Blogger Wisdom

September 12th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Project 365 #95: 050414 Father To Son

I’ve been working as a freelance writer and professional blogger for a number of years now. I have a pretty good grasp on how to handle the whole work-from-home situation and I’m pretty comfortable with my home office routine. But that’s all changing with the arrival of Baby Kwan and my life is about to be turned upside down. Thankfully, I was recently invited to a couple of super secret (they’re not that secret) Facebook groups for daddy bloggers.

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9/11 – We Will Never Forget

September 11th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Tribute in Light

I’m not going to comment on the fearmongering and systemic paranoia that followed. I’m not going to say how this created a culture of unfair discrimination or over a decade of unnecessary warfare. What I will say is 9/11 has, if nothing else, reminded us of the preciousness and fragility of life.

Cherish every moment and never, ever forget.