Tech for fun and learning

Having a reason to visit the many attractions and events the city of Toronto has to offer is one of the highlights of being a parent here. And, so many of these opportunities are just perfect for expanding little minds. Wherever learning comes under the guise of entertainment, there’s no doubt kids learn more. Parents …

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Tell me a story

Happy International Children’s Book Day! When the five little monkeys are ready for bed, their Mama reads stories, then kisses each head. “It’s bedtime for monkeys! Now turn out the light.” “Oh, Mama! Oh, PLEASE! One more story tonight!” (Five Little Monkeys reading in bed - Eileen Christelow) Snuggling into bed with warm, sleepy monkeys …

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Remembering a name

Sandra Shamas, a Canadian comedian and writer I saw perform several years ago, joked that the minute you hit midlife you lose all your nouns. She said she would be sitting at the table and all of a sudden have to say, “please pass the…the…the… white shaky stuff.” Recently, walking through the store, I heard my name …

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Learning to embrace life

This week has been about sickness and death. Surprisingly, it’s come at me from everywhere. There have been trips to hospitals, and doctor’s offices, phone calls from old friends, and conversations with current ones. Thankfully, there’s been good news. And, tearfully, there has been terrible news. Maybe, it’s because I’m in a time of life …

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Beautiful boys

Growing up with a sister, I was curious and somewhat frightened of boys. I had the good fortune to grow up on a street packed with kids so there were no shortage of opportunities to observe boys in action. My mother, a bit of a feminist, made a point of telling us we could do …

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5 simple tips about success at work

Yesterday, Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs, posted a great blog piece on career advice for young marketers. I was reflecting on her comments and thinking about some of the things I learned working up through the ranks in communications. If you're just starting out, here are five very simple things I learned about achieving …

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More than a cooking lesson

Her hard-worn hands kneaded the dough, the way she has been doing for fifty years, adding flour here and there to get it to the right consistency. My children looked on in amazement. “That’s gnocchi?” they asked incredulously. “It’s going to be,” I said. It was Family Day and my mother-in-law had a plan for …

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10 reasons to learn

Wondering whether to attend that course, seminar or workshop? Do it. Learning is a worthwhile pursuit. Here’s why: 1. It revs up your brain. It’s easy to go about your day-to-day life like an automaton doing the same things in the same way. But, when you add new information, your neurons fire up (more on …

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A thank you to teachers

The other day, my son’s teacher called me into the classroom to talk about the day my son had. She said, he hadn’t had a good day and described in detail a number of incidents that, in the big scheme of things, were very innocuous and spoke volumes about my son’s very sensitive nature. She …

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The value of calm

Yesterday, I flipped out. I got really angry and frustrated about something I was doing online. I’m not proud of it but it happened. You see, technology and I, we’re sort of frenemies. I love what it can do and the opportunities it provides but I really hate the mechanics. Let me make that clear …

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