What's Up Wednesdays: Father's Day

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I’d like to dedicate today’s speedlink to all the great dads out there. We start off with Jay Wisniewski, a father who has been struggling with depression. His personal essay provides incredible insight into what it’s like when you feel “stuck behind the window… covered in cobwebs and splintered boards that choke and steal the sparkle” hidden from view beyond its panes. Sometimes, being a man means asking for help.

On a more uplifting note, Alison Tedford has gathered together a funny collection of honest Father’s Day cards that tell dear old dad what you really think and feel. One example is accompanied by an Amazon gift card. “What do you get the man who has everything? Clearly I have no idea.” An awesome dad t-shirt might be a good place to start!

Over on Vancouver Mom, Erin MacGann is highlighting one of the better known dads in the local social media space. Dennis Pang is a co-founder of Popcorn, a digital marketing and PR agency. He’s also an avid foodie, as becomes quickly apparent through his Instagram and Snapchat posts, offering a few of his favorite places to eat around the city.

Believe it or not, Beyond the Rhetoric has been around for ten years (with over 3,000 posts to date) and I’ve been “blogging” (depending on your definition) for 17 years. That’s a long time. Tamara Goyette gets asked all the time why she bothers blogging at all, because some people don’t see the point. Everyone has different reasons and for Tamara, it was about processing emotions, documenting life, and connecting with others. Writing is therapeutic too. Do you blog? Why or why not?

Finally we turn our attention to radio personality and DadCAMP head honcho Buzz Bishop on why he’ll never take a taxi again. That’s because he and his family decided to use Uber to get around Ottawa on a recent trip and they couldn’t have been more pleased with the entire process. The cars were clean, the drivers were friendly and the transactions were seamless. Now if only we could get Uber or Lyft in Vancouver…