Quelling the Inner Critic & Social Entrepreneurship

This evening I had the pleasure of attending a Social Innovation Exchange event, hosted by the ASCent program out of Communitech. The program and tonight’s event are both aimed at fostering students with an interest in social entrepreneurship, and helping them to create companies aimed at advancing human health, prosperity, and happiness in this complex…

Fun weekend with @Guild_Cafe and @GamesonTap

Today, the weather has been grey and chilly. I am currently sitting at a board game cafe to ward away the dark November night. I have visited two board game cafes within the past 24 hours. Both visits have involved ample beer, panini sandwiches, and learning about new board games. The first, The Adventurers Guild,…

Thursday Night #BikeSocial with @CLIPPEDoutdoors

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining the CLIPPED Outdoors community for a social gathering. I say ‘pleasure’ with earnest honesty because we were all on our bikes, in the outdoors, and there was food involved. What better combination, honestly, could you ask for? I am not the kind of person who easily partakes…

Stochastic Scheduling for the Sciencey

Once upon a time, in a land far far away – we were all able to schedule our days perfectly and know exactly what was going to happen. We also knew, down to the very minute details, the content and timing of these happenings. Doesn’t this sound like the start of a fairy tale to…

The Death of the Road Trip?

Last week I had the opportunity to drive to London, Ontario, and visit the hiking trails, restaurants, and cultural spots in the area (respectively –¬†Sifton Bog, Waldo’s on King, and the London Music Hall). I’ve been to London multiple times in the past to take in much of the same, with some variations, but the…

The River Runneth Over; Nature Rejoices

This past winter, the Southern Ontario landscape was covered in one of the densest snow packs recorded in over 30 years (GRCA News Room, February 2014). Extremely cold temperatures also meant that much of the Grand River and Lake Erie – two interconnected water systems – became almost entirely covered in ice, raising fears that…

Why I’m Following #SOCHI2014

After many years of self-imposed oblivion towards matters pertaining to sports, news, and world events, I am awakening to the importance of events like Sochi 2014 with a kind of bleary dull-headedness. (I’m also acutely more aware of pop culture scandals than I have been at any previous time in my life; but then again,…

Board Games and Other Flights of Fancy

During these long, grey days of winter there are only a few things both consoling and warming to the spirit. These include tea, alcoholic beverages, a good book, and a board game. Not in that order or any particular combination – rather, they are singularly and on their own a balm for the frigid temperatures…

Why Illness and Social Media Do Not Mix

For the last several days I have been (as many other people are at this time of year) struggling with a terrible cold. This tiny virus in my body comes complete with achy muscles, stuffy head, chest congestion, and frequent headaches. I can feel my body’s resources fighting it off, and the conflict distracts my…

I’m so #Social and the #Holiday #Break

First off, I’d like to wish everyone safe travels, happy holidays, and a wonderful New Year! This will be my final post until 2014, and I’ve taken a silent vow to try and avoid Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and all my other social media outlets as well. (Though I’ll still be checking email on a daily…

Social Intelligence and Talking to People

Over the past week, I haven’t been required to interact with too many people. I’ve not had to go to a job, nor have I had that many social gatherings to attend. When this happens I tend to forget how to talk to people – even, sometimes, how to write coherently. My internal monologue gets…

From Ugly Cat to Super Cat Extraordinare

Given that I someday aspire to be the local ‘crazy cat lady’ and enrich the lives of felines everywhere, I spend a fair-to-moderate amount of my leisure time looking at pictures of cats doing funny and/or cute and/or silly things. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big dog lover, too. I just find them…