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What’s Up Wednesdays: Just Smile

March 25th, 2015

Life can be hard. Life can be frustrating. Life can be exhausting. And that’s why we need to start this week’s speedlink with a simple lesson from educator Damien Riley. Rather than focusing on the things that upset us, he’s listing off the many things that make him smile. Happiness can come from the humblest […]

My Current Life in Numbers

March 24th, 2015

Even though I find myself in a career that decidedly leans more towards the “arts and creativity” end of the spectrum, numbers have always played a very important role in my life. I have a habit of wanting to quantify just about everything. There’s a certain comfort in knowing that you can ascribe specific numbers […]

These Zombie Eyes

March 19th, 2015

The birds are singing. The blossoms are blooming. And I feel like I want to rip my eyeballs straight out of their sockets. While I don’t normally suffer from seasonal allergies, this week has been positively torturous. My eyes are infuriatingly itchy, to the point where they actually start to hurt. Given these circumstances, in […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: First World Problems

March 18th, 2015

My shampoo and conditioner never run out at the same time. My hot coffee wasn’t so hot after I was pulled away to change a diaper. Kristen Lamb knows as well as anyone about the first world problems that we face. She recently had to deal with neutering a not-so-young cat, taking care of a […]

The Telltale Sign that Spring Has Sprung in Vancouver

March 13th, 2015

When you live in the frozen part of the country, you can declare that spring has arrived when the snow starts to melt. Here in Vancouver, where it rains most months out of the year, we can’t rely on melting snow as our indicator. Instead, we have the good fortune of seeing so many of […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Cruise Control

March 11th, 2015

Sometimes, we forget that the simplest things in life can also be the most important, the most rewarding and the most profound. As Andrew Tate points out, some of the greatest minds that this world has ever seen took long walks to promote creativity, improve health and boost productivity. Everyone from Charles Dickens to Charles […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Family Edition

March 4th, 2015

We start this week’s speedlink with a post from Oren Miller, one of the more prominent and influential members of the so-called “daddy blogger” movement. He writes about the push to convince Amazon to change the name of one of their programs from Amazon Mom to Amazon Family, encouraging everyone to sign the petition. It […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Full Nomad

February 25th, 2015

When you are a writer, you can live and work practically anywhere in the world. Steffani Cameron is taking that philosophy to heart with her next adventure, which she is documenting on her new “Full Nomad” blog. In one of the first posts, she explains why she chose Croatia as the first destination for her […]