Christkindl Market: Holiday Times Ahead!

The holiday season is approaching – or, more appropriately, already here! As soon as the Christkindl Market appears at Kitchener City Hall, I know that I have to start thinking about the gifts and trappings of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. My family members have, for the most part, resided in Kitchener-Waterloo for their entire…

A Poe of a Good Time

I just finished reading a great collection of stories in an anthology put together by the Mystery Writers of America called On a Raven’s Wing. Each of the 20 stories are written in the spirit and form of Edgar Allan Poe, commemorating the 200th anniversary of his birth, but are modern in setting and content…

In Praise of “Brain Pickings”

To anyone who is craving some intellectual fulfillment this week, I would highly recommend that you make your way over to the Brain Pickings website and either browse through their articles or subscribe to their weekly newsletter. In the most recent weekly newsletter that I received, Brain Pickings touched on topics ranging from the meaning…

Viewpoint: Be Your Own Mentor (?)

Somewhat by accident, the issue of mentorship, sponsorship, and counselling has become my viewpoint topic for this week’s blogging efforts. For, immediately after writing my blog post of yesterday, I discovered an article in Parade entitled “Who Says You Need a Mentor? Be Your Own“, and I thought this contentious issue could benefit from some…

Modern-Day Hermits

It seems like every day, there is a new uncertainty or conflict that we have to mediate, manage, and move on from. I find in myself a constant struggle over everything from scheduling (do I answer this email now, or leave it? ……definitely better to leave it) to the orientation of my life. Lately, I…

Get Grumpy for Real Change: Dissatisfaction and Creativity

This morning when I got out of bed, my feet hit the floor and a rapid series of thoughts flowed through my head: “What shall I do today, how shall I arrange it, and what will be the outcome?” Coffee had not yet graced my lips, nor had food, but I was already contemplating the…