Beyond the Rhetoric


What’s Up Wednesdays: Conversational Strawberries

May 13th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Conversational Strawberries

Every Wednesday, I gather up some fun or informative blog posts from around the web to share with you here on Beyond the Rhetoric.

For this week’s selection, we start with Joshua Wilner asserting that social media should be about conversation. How many times have you received dozens of birthday wishes on Facebook from people who don’t interact with you at all the other 364 days of the day? How shallow have our online connections become?

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Grammar 101: Supine vs. Prone Position

May 12th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

With a great number of posts in the Grammar 101 series, I discuss pairs of words that people may get confused for whatever reason. More often than not, the word pairs are homophones (words that sound the same) and at least one of the words is rarely found in casual writing. Today’s entry is a little different in that it’s more about having precision of language. Do you know what “supine” and “prone” mean?

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On the Emasculation of Paternal Competence

May 11th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

On the Emasculation of Parental Competence

Lead by example. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t let societal expectations hold you back.

Well, it happened again. We were out for dinner with some family and the question arose of who would take care of our infant daughter when my wife goes back to work. This is despite the fact that they already know I have been working from home with flexible hours for years and there’s no reason to think that’s going to change any time soon. This is despite the fact that they generally know I have been around for my daughter since day one, changing her diapers, soothing her back to sleep, and taking her to story time.

And yet they continue to ask.

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Sunday Snippet: Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

May 10th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

In many parts of the world, today is Mother’s Day. It’s a day that is celebrated everywhere from Canada to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh to Singapore, Denmark to Venezuela. And for a lot of us, this means taking our moms, grandmas and baby mamas out to Sunday brunch. Or it might mean showering your mom with gifts. And while she may not have been a “mom” in the most traditional of senses, Mother Teresa embodied all that is good and right by taking care of all her “children.”

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Crave 2015: Sushi UOmo, Burnaby Heights

May 8th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sushi UOmo, Burnaby

Burnaby Heights, if nothing else, has become an increasingly diverse neighborhood over the years. It has traditionally been Italian and a lot of that influence is still clearly visible today. But take a stroll down Hastings Street and you’ll find quite the multicultural assortment of culinary delights.

As you may recall, we were treated to the Crave 2015 promotion a couple of weeks ago. After indulging in some calamari and souvlaki at Cristos Greek Taverna, and comforting ourselves with spring rolls and green curry at Chad Thai Restaurant, we made our way over to Sushi UOmo for some raw fish and seasoned rice. In addition to a $15 menu for one, Sushi UOmo offered a special $25 menu for two. We went with the latter. So, what did we get?

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Grammar 101: Immoral vs. Amoral

May 7th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

The English language contains many prefixes meant to indicate some form of negation. While it may appear that many of these are roughly equivalent, they may offer slightly different interpretations. You may be unable (adjective) to perform, but you can disable (adverb) a machine. Even though they both use the root word able, “unable” and “disable” do not carry the same meaning.

We can observe a similar phenomenon with the difference between “uninterested” and “disinterested.” And just as they both use the same root word moral, “immoral” and “amoral” aren’t exactly interchangeable either. The difference here can be a little subtler.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: My Sweet Potatoes

May 6th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: My Sweet Potatoes

It’s hump day! The bad news is that you’ve only made it halfway through the regular work week. The good news is that you are halfway to the weekend and you get to enjoy today’s speedlink too. Kicking things off, John Willey wonders whether or not he is doing enough for his kids. As parents, we all want what is best for our children and we also understand that simply keeping a roof over their heads isn’t exactly sufficient. What treasured memories are you providing?

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Got Craft? Spring Edition 2015

May 5th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Got Craft? Spring Edition 2015

Buying major brands from major chains is an everyday kind of thing, but there is something inherently special about supporting the independent little guy. Promotions like Crave in Buranby Heights epitomize that sort of thing for eating out. And Got Craft? gives Vancouverites the opportunities to celebrate the unique, the upcycled and the handmade.

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