Mindful Benefits

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I had been practising mindfulness, but I wasn’t sure that there were any concrete benefits yet. This weekend, I was involved in a fender bender.  A driver in the right line decided he wanted to make a ninety degree left hand turn without checking to see…

Does Talent Exist?

Is there such a thing as talent? Does it exist? The more I think about it, the less likely I think it is. There’s definitely skill acquisition, but I think talent is a myth. I think we call people talented because we see the result of their hard work and perseverance. And because we see…

Genius Project Update #3

March started very well for the Genius Project. I was writing consistently every day and complementing the writing with research/reading or watching some plays. But it was short lived. March Break happened and we went for a brief visit to Montreal. I didn’t get any writing done during the visit. When we got back home…

Channelling Your Inner Child

Last week, I was invited to go see some young poets read from their works at a Chapters store. My friend Kevin teaches grade two in an elementary school and runs a writing club after classes. He had arranged the reading. The club is made up of kids from grades 3 to grade 8. I…

My Year of Living Dangerously

This week, I started the Independent Television Producer (ITP) program which is part of the Ontario Self-Employed Benefit (OSEB) program.  Basically, it’s a program to teach me how to run my own business.  Last year, I was outsourced and gladly became part of the unemployed.  I had hated my job for years.   Although it had…

Being 50

I remember thinking that I’d be 36 years old when the year 2000 came around and that age seemed so OLD!  And today, I’ve turned 50 and I still feel young.  If I close my eyes, in my heart of hearts, I feel 25 years old.  Of course, the mirror punctures that fantasy. When I…