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View from the peak of Ha Ling
The Start Line
Evening in Chinon
Lazy Man's Cabbage Roll Casserole
Photo of the Bean in Chicago in the Fall.

Heading to Chicagoooo!

Last week I started teaching a class with the local lifelong learning association. I'm helping people start their own blogs! I'm ...

photo courtesy of bon appetit

Blood, Bones & Butter: A Lesson in Badassery

Blood, Bones, & Butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton is a book that came to me at just the ...

Man using phone courtesy of Death to Stock Photo

Critical Linking on Social Media Anxiety

I've been observing how social media has changed interactions in my professional and personal life; for me, my family & friends, ...

The covers of my Best Books of 2014

2014 in Books (the super and the meh.)

In 2014, I read more books than I watched TV series or movies.  Throughout the year, I noticed there is only a small group of quality films/series that appeal to me. I've been craving original stories and deeper research which lead me to a lot of great books. It's because of this shift that I was able ...

Grote Markt, Leuven during Christmas

Urban Dictionary – Flemish Party Slang

Over Christmas, Billy and I went over to Belgium to spend the holidays with our family on the other side of the pond. During numerous nights out, I asked some of his friends what are some nightlife slang words in Flemish, or Vlaams. All of them were eager to share - it seems they are enthusiastic about ...

Album Covers for Playlist1

The post-it playlist – 2014’s Jam

I've created playlist for you of my favourite 2014 tunes, a compilation of random post-it notes hastily written in my battered up planner. They collected over a year of being at work, on the road, and at home. The mix is 80 minutes long (just like those old burnt CDs I made in high school). It's a ...

Covers of books recommended in the blog post. One has a sweet purple sheep on the cover.

Can-Lit Books for the Culturally Curious

I believe that one can learn a lot about a country by reading literature written by that country - at home or abroad. Every genre provides certain insights but my favourites are fiction, non-fiction, memoir, travel, and creative non-fiction. Canada is blessed to have many different cultures and ...