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Got Craft? Celebrating the Handmade, Local and Cute

December 15th, 2014

…because MALL is a four letter word. That’s one of the first things you’ll see on the homepage for Got Craft?, a semi-annual event in Vancouver that “aims to bring together a community of handmade and DIY culture.” When I went to the Maritime Labour Centre over the weekend for the Holiday Edition of Got […]

My 2014 Christmas Wishlist

December 4th, 2014

When I publish my Christmas wishlist on this blog each year, I don’t really expect anyone to buy anything for me. These lists are inherently filled with a number of consumer-centric “wants” and they have very little to do with my “needs.” That being said, I did buy myself two of the items from last […]

Black Friday Sale: 25% Off Beyond the Margins

November 28th, 2014

Some people are storming their local electronics megastore for a new HDTV. Other people are scouring online for a new tablet or laptop. If you have ambitions that are simultaneously more modest and more practical this Black Friday, then I’ve got a handy little deal for you. My book, Beyond the Margins: An Indispensable Guide […]

Budget Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Excellent Ideas For $40 or Less

November 24th, 2014

In a post I wrote several years back, outlining some of the key gift-buying guidelines you should follow when buying Christmas presents (or any presents, for that matter), I said that you should forget about the cash value. Instead, look for a gift that you think the person will like and appreciate, particularly if it’s […]

Do More Than What Is Needed to Make It Right

July 31st, 2014

As you likely already know, I work from home as a freelance writer. The overwhelming majority of my work is done online, so having a fast and reliable Internet connection is absolutely paramount. And when said Internet connection cuts out for whatever reason, it can be quite the exercise in frustration. It can be even […]

An Insider’s Guide to Car Rental

July 8th, 2014

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, you oftentimes go through many of the same considerations. You need to book a flight (or some other means of getting to your destination). You need to book some lodgings. And, if you want a convenient way to get around town, you might think about renting a […]

Paralyzed By Too Much Information Again

June 30th, 2014

If you’ve been following me on social media lately, then you may have already heard that there will be a new addition to my family this fall. As you may suspect, I am both excited and terrified about becoming a new father. And we have a lot of shopping to do ahead of Baby Kwan’s […]

Combining Nature with Science for Better Health Outcomes

June 16th, 2014

Science is a wonderful and glorious thing. It is through science that we have been able to rid the world of some terrible diseases and it is through science that our lives have been enriched with technology. As Dr. Michio Kaku once said, “Let us hope that we can wield the sword of science with […]