Beyond the Rhetoric


3 Harmless Lies I Was Told as a Child

September 13th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Who keeps the metric system down?

I’d like to think that I was a rather curious and inquisitive child. I buried myself in books about dinosaurs and dog breeds, quickly rifling off factoids about everything from the Pachycephalosaurus to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Of course, I had a lot of questions and sometimes the people I asked didn’t know the answer (or just wanted to get rid of me). These harmless lies were debunked later on in my life, but I still remember the anguish I felt when each deceit was eventually revealed.

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Sunday Snippet: Steve Maraboli on 9/11

September 11th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Steve Maraboli

“I will never forget feeling scared and vulnerable…
I will never forget feeling the deep sad loss of so many lives…
I will never forget the smell of the smoke that reached across the water and delivered a deep feeling of doom into my gut…
I will never forget feeling the boosted sense of unity and pride…
I will never forget seeing the courageous actions of so many men and women…
I will never forget seeing people of all backgrounds working together in community…
I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy…
I will never forget seeing what love can heal…”

Fifteen years. It was fifteen years ago today that we were all glued to our televisions, horrified at what had apparently transpired. My day started out like any other, making my way out to the UBC campus for another day of classes. As I walked past Pie R Squared in the Student Union Building, I noticed that it looked especially crowded but no one was buying pizza. They were watching the TV. In utter silence. What just happened?

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Grammar 101: Bear or Bare with Me?

September 9th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

You may have noticed that many of the most common grammatical mistakes involve homophones, or words that sound the same (or similar) but have different meanings. That’s why someone might say that they’re going to make due in the lightening storm when they should really be talking about how to make do in the lightning storm. So, if you’ll just bear with me, let’s tackle another. Or is that “bare” with me?

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Island Lifestyle

September 7th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Bowen Island by The  Pampered Baby

Let’s dive right into this week’s speedlink. As stellar as international travel might be, you really don’t have to venture far from home to have a great time. Take Katherine Petrunia. She recently enjoyed a two-night getaway on Bowen Island with some of her favorite girlfriends. A short 15-minute ferry ride away from Vancouver, Bowen Island offers an exceptional escape from the big city with boundless opportunities to enjoy the beautifully natural west coast. Do you have a favorite “staycation” destination where you live?

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7 Life Lessons My Toddler Is Teaching Me

September 6th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

7 Life Lessons My Toddler Is Teaching Me

Life has a weird way of turning everything on its head. Just when you think you’ve finally got your act together, just when you think you’ve got a handle on things, a wrench gets thrown in and you’ve got to figure it all out all over again. That’s what fatherhood is like. That’s what parenthood is like. My baby girl is now a rambunctious and inquisitive toddler, busy keeping her dear old dad on his tired and aching toes.

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Sunday Snippet: Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

September 4th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”

Tomorrow is Labour Day (or “Labor Day” for our American readers) and so children all across the land will soon be going back to school (if they haven’t already). And as they get buried in quadratic equations, the poetry of William Blake and the history of Ancient Mesopotamia, they might wonder why they even need to know about the Babylonians and Sumerians. What’s the point? Why learn this stuff at all?

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Breakfast at Fable Diner on Broadway

September 1st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Fable Diner

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even if you eat it late at night. There’s just something magical about some sort of pork product accompanied by a runny egg and a slice of toast. It doesn’t need to be particularly fancy to be fantastic, but it sure helps when you use quality, locally-sourced ingredients and prepare them in a more imaginative way. So, we made our way over to Fable Diner for Sunday brunch with our expectations high and our stomachs growling.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Capture the Magic

August 31st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Istria’s Motovun by Steffani Cameron

It’s Wednesday, so we’re going on another journey through the Internet in search of great blog posts. Now fully engulfed in her “full nomad” lifestyle, Steffani Cameron looks back at her travels through Croatia earlier this year. In particular, she was entranced by the quiet solitude of towns like Hum, population 17. With a landscape “littered with abandoned ruins,” it is practically impossible to capture the magic of the area’s history and culture in mere photos and words.

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