Beyond the Rhetoric

 
 
 

Test Drive: 2016 Lincoln MKC Luxury SUV

April 18th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Test Drive: 2016 Lincoln MKC Luxury SUV

The compact SUV market continues to grow, particularly among young families in Canada. Long gone are the days of the old family station wagon and many parents are fighting tooth and nail against the “uncool” factor of the minivan. With a smaller SUV, you gain tons of space and utility without having to sacrifice too much in terms fuel economy and driveability.

But can a Lincoln be cool? Isn’t it the old man’s brand that grandpa likes? I took the 2016 Lincoln MKC out for a week to find out for myself.

Click to continue reading »

Sunday Snippet: Adam Grant on Originality and Procrastination

April 17th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Adam Grant on Originality and Procrastination

“Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they’re slow to finish.”

It’s far too easy to get distracted on the Internet. You’re interested in what your friends are doing on Facebook. You are drawn in by funny cat videos on YouTube. You troll your way around stories on Reddit. All the while, the work that you should actually be doing continues to pile up on your virtual desk, waiting for your attention. Procrastination is evil, right? Maybe not.

Click to continue reading »

Must-Have Baby Products You May Have Forgotten

April 15th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What baby products do you actually need?

Shopping for baby products can be very overwhelming, especially when you consider some of the biggest ticket items like the new crib, the baby’s car seat, and a stroller. It’s a lot of information for someone who may not have ever step foot into the baby section at the local department store.

Click to continue reading »

What’s Up Wednesdays: Finding Joy

April 13th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Finding Joy

Life can be difficult. Life can be challenging. Life can be stressful. And that’s why we must remind ourselves of all the good things in our lives. For my part, a recent highlight was being featured by Gary M. Howell-Sherwin on his site as the dad blog of the week. I’m honored and humbled. In the interview, we discuss what prompted me to start this blog, the best part of being a dad, and the hopes and dreams I have for my little girl.

Click to continue reading »

Grammar 101: It Gets Worst and Worst

April 12th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a news article on the housing market in Vancouver. More specifically, the report discusses how some realtors are only acting out of their own self interest, taking advantage of sellers who simply don’t know any better. They tell their clients that the first offer is the best offer, in an effort to get a quick sale, even though they know full well that the first offer is almost never the best offer.

My friend told me to keep reading the rest of the piece, because “it only gets worst and worst.” But is that really the phrase that she should have used? What is wrong with saying things are getting “worst and worst.”

Click to continue reading »

A Magic Hour with Stanley Park Brewing SunSetter Summer Ale

April 11th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

A Magic Hour with Stanley Park Brewing SunSetter Summer Ale

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere this year is June 21, a little over two months away. That’s when we can fully expect to hit the beaches, break out the barbecues, and bask in glorious, sunny weather. The folks at Stanley Park Brewing are perhaps a little more impatient, since they’ve already unleashed their “summer ale” upon us.

Click to continue reading »

Sunday Snippet: Jim Noonan on Marriage

April 10th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Jim Noonan on Marriage

“But in order for a marriage to work, all disputes have to end the same way. They must end with a compromise. For every god-awful romantic comedy she drags me to, she’s more than willing to cozy up and watch some football. That’s marriage, plain and simple. On that particular day, she won.”

It’s said a man enters a marriage fully expecting that his wife will never change, whereas a woman enters a marriage fully expecting that her husband will definitely change. She’ll stay the girl he always knew and he’ll finally grow up and be a man.

Neither is wholly correct, of course, as reality usually settles somewhere in between. Major life events, like moving in together or changing careers, will always have an impact on your relationship. And the task falls on both of you to adapt to the new situation. And to keep adapting to one another. Maybe she was right after all.

Click to continue reading »

Water the Flower or Cultivate the Field?

April 7th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Water the Flower or Cultivate the Field?

I’ve been busy catching up with the world of podcasts lately, getting productive with Mike Vardy and wrestling nostalgia with Chris Jericho. On a recent episode of Canadaland, the conversation turned to public arts funding. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dedicated to supporting the arts, the question arose as to how this money could be best spent… which is analogous to how we should all think about how we spend our resources in our individual lives.

Click to continue reading »