David Colletto (Abacus Group) is a Canadian pollster who can articulate his company’s findings quite well. I enjoyed this interview. Regardless of how you’re planning to vote, this is an interesting Canadian election campaign in that all three major parties are polling quite close to one another. This interview with Evan Soloman tries to pull out the regional trends and show where the seats might settle out on election night.

As you may or may not know, I spend a bit of time (minutes, really) every week going through articles, posts, and videos in my apparent quest to gather as much information as possible. Just for the heck of it. In an effort to share and play nicely, I will be offering up a list of the best for the week (or for the time since I last posted — let’s be realistic here). It is hoped that this list… Read more »

As you may know, I did a marathon purge a few weeks ago. I started with my clothes and went through category by category, as is recommended in Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I picked up every piece separately. I looked at it. And I asked myself, “Does this bring me joy?” Well, let’s just say there are a few things in life that I cannot say bring me joy but are functional, expensive in many cases,… Read more »

I’ve done it. I’ve cancelled all but the most basic TV service (I tried to all-out cancel but Telus made me an offer I couldn’t refuse). I’ve committed to no TV for June, July, and August. All that I’m allowed is my Netflix. Why? You know those cute little studies on kid’s TV habits that are reported like the world’s children are about to go extinct? You know — “a report shows that children are spending up to a whopping… Read more »

This is part one of a six part series I will be writing over the next weeks. Full disclosure — I love books on tidying, cleaning, organizing, and eco-friendly household tips. I took Adria Vasil’s Ecoholic to bed with me every night for a month several years ago. I spent hours pouring over the information on ecologically-responsible cleaning products, bedding, kitchen things, and cosmetics. It actually sparked my changeover to all non-toxic cleaning products in my own home. Another book… Read more »

Yes, I spent several weeks earlier this month teaching a college course. It was both a dream come true and more work than I ever thought possible. I loved every minute of it. It wasn’t a glamorous course — Human Resources Management for Event Planners — but it is a necessary one for anyone planning to have employees, staff, or even vendors. All of which an event planner will need. I have taught many workshops, giving numerous talks, and even… Read more »

I think that most of us have thought about what we’d name our children, should we have some. We plan out the perfect combination, choosing carefully from what sings in our ear, taking into consideration those names already in play within our family, and trying to avoid those to which our friends have already laid claim. I have certainly had a few in mind over the years. What I really didn’t take into consideration was how different a partner’s opinion… Read more »

If you know me at all, you’re probably well-aware that I have been using the same Purity Cookbook chocolate chip cookie recipe for, well, forever. Whenever I show up with cookies, there is a very good chance that these are the ones I’m packing. It’s the recipe my mom used and it makes the most delicious cookies ever. Every time. Even so, I am tempted from time to time by incredible cookie photos to try something new. This time, I… Read more »

Randall Munroe is a cartoonist who looks at the physical world with a sarcastic eye. His website, www.xkcd.com, features a “What If?” section where he collects questions from readers and answers them. Now, these aren’t just any old questions, but thoughtful, sometimes slightly bat-shit-crazy questions. He answers them with a combination of imagination, drawings, physics, and math. Some of the more recent questions include: Could you get drunk from drinking a drunk person’s blood? Randall’s answer What took more energy,… Read more »

Today is the first day of my fortieth year. I’m turning 39, but since we live a full year before turning 1, this is the beginning of my new decade. As I review my 30’s, it becomes clear to me that I spent a lot of those years in service to others. I don’t regret it for a minute. It was certainly called for at the time. After a while, it became second nature — a habit, really. But the… Read more »