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Healthy Family Expo 2015 (Photos)

March 30th, 2015

All parents would generally agree that they want what is best for their children. This starts from the time of birth (or even prenatally) all the way through their school-aged years and beyond. Of course, it’s difficult to know exactly what is “best” and what is available in the marketplace. That’s why parents are encouraged […]

On Elon Musk and the Global Village

March 23rd, 2015

Visit some of the more remote tribes in places like the African plains or the rainforests of the Amazon and you’ll discover an entirely different concept of ownership. Unspoiled and uncorrupted by the slings and arrows of the modern world, the people in these societies aren’t necessarily driven by material possession. This isn’t my home. […]

On My Reading List (Early 2015 Edition)

February 24th, 2015

Between all the responsibilities related to work, home and child-rearing, I haven’t had all that much free time to myself these last few months. Even so, I want to read more and the only way that I’ll be able to do that is if I grant myself the freedom to do so. To this end, […]

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 […]