Author: Michael Kwan

The Journey of Life

Between preparing for #5DadsGoWild, going back to preschool, and keeping up with my regular professional duties, as well as everything going on with this blog (and the weekly vlog), I’ve been pretty busy. Many things I’ve been wanting to do have fallen to the wayside. But I’ve got to embrace the journey, right? I had considered skipping today’s blog post entirely. That way, I can focus more of my time and energy on addressing everything else in this game of Whac-a-Mole. It’s a delicate balance, to be sure, because this blog and its readers (that’s you!) are very important...

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Vlog #93: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Apparently, being invited to speak at Freelance Camp isn’t exactly the same thing. Or so I’ve been told. As you might have heard, I’m about to embark on a little camping trip with some other local dads. This wouldn’t normally be a very big deal, except most of us are hardly experienced campers. Is “campers” the correct term here? I have no idea.   I’ve mentioned on this blog a few times before that I am fueled by caffeine and Wi-Fi. That line also pops up in my social media. It’s tongue-in-cheek, to be sure, but there’s also some...

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Sunday Snippet: William Blake, The Tyger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? It almost feels like a lifetime ago at this point, but did you know that I minored in English literature during my university days? Perhaps this contributed to my career choice as a freelance writer, though everything I read for that part of my degree was fiction and practically everything I write today is non-fiction. And while we explored some older works like Paradise Lost by John Milton and more contemporary books like The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison,...

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Grammar 101: Pour Over and Pore Over

The English language is filled with words and phrases that sound similar (or the same) but have different meanings. “Complement” is not the same as “compliment,” just as authoritative and authoritarian cannot be used interchangeably. And the same can be said about “pour over” and “pore over,” even though they’re pronounced exactly the same way. Pour over is a phrase that you’ll encounter most often in the context of a fancy coffee shop. As you know, there are many methods for brewing up a cup of coffee. If you’re like me, you might brew up a cup using an...

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Why a Parent Participation Preschool Is Worth It

A parent participation preschool (PPP), sometimes called a parent involved preschool (PIP), requires parents to take active roles in their children’s education. Each parent is assigned a job, like maintaining the yard, getting books from the library, or acting as the school’s registar. There are some other responsibilities, like attending regular meetings too. This keeps tuition costs low, since everyone pitches in. Addie will be going back to school next week (the schedule staggers with regular schools) for her second year of preschool. We recently met with the parents of an inbound 3-year-old. Their friends said they were crazy...

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Vlog #92: Top 5 Travel Destinations

The late Anthony Bourdain once said, “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” I’d say that outlook on life extends far beyond the age of 22. Experience the world through your own five senses. The question is, what travel destinations should top your list?   I most certainly have a lot more of the world that I’d love...

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Sunday Snippet: The Breakfast Club

We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all. I was a mere toddler when The Breakfast Club first came out in 1985. While I’ve known about the cult classic reputation of John Hughes 1980s teenage comedies, I’ve never really thought to explore them. Based on my experience with this iconic film, maybe I should. After all, I indulged in a bunch of equally cheesy films in the 90s, like She’s All That and Can’t Hardly Wait. I’m hardly “above” this genre in any way. Perhaps the most striking thing about The Breakfast...

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Hedonic Adaptation and the New Normal

“More than you can afford, pal. Ferrari.” Many of us are familiar with that iconic scene from the first The Fast and the Furious movie. And for most of us, that line will certainly ring true. I don’t know about you, but I most certainly cannot afford to buy a Ferrari. Instead, I drive a late model Nissan… which might be out of reach for some people. For me, the Ferrari is a pipe dream and the Nissan is my humble reality. And this is a demonstration, in some ways, of hedonic adaptation. While I’m not unhappy driving that...

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Happy Days

That’s it, folks. All it took was a blink of an eye and perhaps a few too many $1 iced coffees and summer has drawn to a close. Well, not really. Google tells me that the official last day of summer is September 22. For me, it’s always been Labour Day (the first Monday of September). For others, it’s when pumpkin spice is unleashed back into the world. Whatever your position, be happy, because it’s time for the monthly speedlink. To start this month’s collection, we’ve got “Social Dad” James Smith explaining several things that you didn’t know about...

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Vlog #91: The Westin Whistler Hotel Room Tour

So, as you might recall from last week’s vlog, our family recently enjoyed a short staycation up at Whistler. We rode the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and explored Vallea Lumina. For the couple of nights we were there, we decided to stay at the Westin Whistler. It’s literally steps away from Skiers Plaza where you can hop on the Whistler Village Gondola and Fitzsimmons Express chairlift. In the past, I’ve stayed at Le Westin Montreal and The Westin Taipei, as well as other Starwood properties like Four Points Sheraton Chelsea in New York and the Sheraton Portland Airport. They’re...

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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