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The Quandary of Standing Out and Fitting In

July 22nd, 2014

Common wisdom, as it turns out, is neither common nor wise. If one idiom tells us that “birds of a feather flock together,” then why does another tell us that opposites attract? And as we make our way through this crazy world of ours, we are faced with another contradictory quandary. On the one hand, […]

You Can’t Plan for Every Contingency

July 15th, 2014

Always be prepared. The Boy Scouts have been pushing this kind of philosophy for years and it really does make a lot of sense. You’ll have a far easier time surviving in the middle of the woods when you already know how to set up a shelter, start a fire or forage for food. At […]

Sunday Snippet: Marsel van Oosten

July 13th, 2014

“If you want to become a professional nature photographer, you have to be better and different. Nature photography is not a 9-to-5 job. You have to give 200% and even then you have no guarantee that you will make it. The biggest mistake that people make, is that they copy what’s already out there. To […]

Exploring My INTP (or INTJ) Personality Type

July 11th, 2014

Even though we know that most things exist on some sort of spectrum, science has a habit of wanting to place those things into neat little categories. Psychology is no exception. And when it comes to personality types, one of the more prominent systems is based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It’s a personality “test” […]

Sunday Snippet: Sir Richard Branson

July 6th, 2014

“If you are struggling to juggle your home life with your career commitments, both can suffer. Part of the solution may be to treat time with your family as a priority. When you’re facing an avalanche of appointments, book time to spend with your family — put it in your work diary. You will also […]

Sunday Snippet: L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz)

June 29th, 2014

“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?” Later on this evening, I’ll be heading to Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Downtown Vancouver to catch Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. The Broadway musical explores some of the history for the magical land of Oz, both before the […]