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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 […]

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 […]