Happy 150th Canada, and yet…

I love Canada, and yet... we have so far to go.

15 Things I Learned in 2016

3. Life is short. 4. A picture is worth a thousand words but a single caption can skew perspective and incite passion. Things are taken out of context and made the current issue.

6 lessons learned giving up my smart phone for Lent

My husband jokingly issued me a challenge a little over 6 weeks ago: Could I give up my smart phone for lent?

15 Things I learned in 2014

Motherhood is the most difficult thing I've ever done. There is no possible way to fully prepare for the worry, fear, joy, pain and love that consumes the heart. No matter what you think it will be like, you will be wrong, and it's not a bad thing.

learning about loss: finding joy in sorrow

Side Note: I'm taking part in the Writing101 challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Day 13's challenge relates to Day 4's Post: On day 4, you wrote a post about losing something. Today, write about finding something. Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, …

the horses

side note: I'm taking part in the Writing101 challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Day 6's challenge is to: Today, write a post focusing on one — or more — of the people that have recently entered your life, and tell us how your narratives intersected. Today’s twist: Turn your …

learning about loss: the bottom falls out

Side Note: I'm taking part in the Writing101 challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Day 4's challenge is to: Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more. Today’s twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series. Since I've …

Gender Bias in Healthcare Design?

I don't run into it much, but there are still gender-bias and stereotypes in architecture. Sometimes it's from an employer (mine is not like that at all), sometimes it's from the guys on a construction site and sometimes, it's from the client. I didn't expect to find gender-bias in the design of a high-tech fertility clinic …

Refocusing my Social Media Presence | Wordsmith Studio

Hi Everyone! I'm over at Wordsmith Studio today, Refocusing my Social Media Presence. I hope you will check it out with me!

Go Canada Go – you made us proud in the Sochi Olympics

I can't be there in Sochi, but I was in Vancouver in 2010, when we won the gold medal in men's hockey. It looked something like this: And then, people tried to repeat the game winning goal in the streets like this: Thank you Team Canada, you made us proud. Go Canada Go!

Olympic Celebration or Olympic Cynicism?

With all the comments floating around about the Olympics, including the tweets criticizing the Canadian athletes for the way they handled Putin’s visit to Canada house, I thought I’d bring back this post I wrote in early 2010, as I watched the Olympic circus arrive in Vancouver. I’m sure I’ll have more to say later, but for now, please have a read, and let me know what you think.

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I suppose this post is long over due, since most people who know me also know that I’m an Olympics junkie.  I am that person who will sit glued to the tv as much as I can to watch the Olympics, despite work.  I even took my thesis home for the duration of Torino Olympics in order to watch, and even narrated the opening ceremonies to my housemates who really could have cared less.  So I suppose being in the city, walking by some of the events, it was only a matter of time before I would share my thoughts about the Vancouver Olympics.  And they are many.

The most interesting things I’ve seen lately have been the ways you notice the Olympics that have nothing to do with what the public and tourists will notice.  Buildings have once again been spray-washed to gleaming perfection (even in the rain as…

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Healthcare in the news: Faucets, Noise Pollution and Social Networks for Mental Health

There have been some interesting articles I've seen posted online lately, pertaining to health care. 1. Hospital Faucets Pose Infection Risk Healthcare Design Magazine recently posted an article linked to a study illustrating aerators in hospital faucets increase microbes by 10 times. This reminds me of an article I saw in the Toronto Star in …

Niche Social Media: Helping You Network | Wordsmith Studio

Hi Everyone! I've got a post on Niche Social Media over at Wordsmith Studio today. I hope you'll take a look and let me know which Niche Social Media networks you use to build your platform. Check it out: Niche Social Media: Helping You Network | Wordsmith Studio.

Whitehorse: Young Hospitality

Last week I went to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, for the first time for a work project, which I won't write about just yet. While my first trip there was only for 4 nights, I was blown away by the friendliness of this small town city. It wasn't as cold as it could get for the …

Wordsmith Studio: Productive Procrastination for NaNoWriMo

Hi Everyone! I wrote about some productive procrastination tools for NaNoWriMo over on the Wordsmith Studio Site. I hope you'll take a peak and let me know what other tools you use for productive procrastination. Have a great day!