April 2013

Apr 30 2013
We’re thrilled to announce that High Performance Anthropologist, Rasmus Ankersen, has just released his internationally bestselling book, The Gold Mine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance, in North America. In the book, Rasmus presents his seven lessons on how anyone–or any business, organization or team–can defy the many misconceptions of high performance and learn... more...

Apr 30 2013


This month on 1THING illustrated: Sabina Lindemann. Sabina is an illustrator based out of Toronto, Ontario, where she studies Illustration at OCAD U. In her work, she is often drawn to the relationship between the natural, the urban, and the outright fantastic, exploring different ways in which these worlds interact and collide. 

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Apr 30 2013

Title:  A Spear of Summer Grass

Author:  Deanna Raybourn


Publisher:  Harlequin/Mira


Pub Date:  April 30, 2013


How Acquired:  Through Net Galley



What it’s About:  The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even among Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. As punishment, Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savanna manor house, Fairlight, until gossip subsides. Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. Against the frivolity of her peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red dust. Here, life is lush and teeming—yet fleeting and often cheap.


Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for—and what she can no longer live without.


Why you should buy it:  I’ve been interested in British Africa between the wars, ever since I saw the film White Mischief.  So when I read that one of my favorite writers, Deanna Raybourn, had a book coming out set in that time period, I couldn’t wait to read it.  I started the book on Saturday on my bus ride to Boston and couldn’t put it down.  From the moment that Delilah set her dainty foot on African soil, I was completely mesmerized.  I read it on the T, at dinner, during intermission at the Lyric Stage Company, before bed, and kept on reading it until I finished it on the bus ride back home to New York.  And then I was depressed, because the book was done and I had to say good-bye to Delilah and Ryder, two of the most interesting characters that I have met in historical fiction in a long time. Not even the knowledge that Raybourn has another book coming out set during the same time period could assuage my grief.  This book made me want to immediately book a safari in Africa but the Abercrombie & Fitch kind with the air-conditioned tents, and four star cuisine. 


What can I say about Delilah Drummond that hasn’t already been said by critics who have universally acclaimed A Spear of Summer Grass? Delilah is spoiled, petulant, impulsive, promiscuous, vain, sarcastic, intelligent, and too stubborn for her own good. It takes her forever to admit what we, the reader already knows, that she has not only fallen in love with Ryder White, but she has fallen head over heels in love with Africa.  Oh, and I have mentioned that she is fiendishly loyal to both ex-husbands and friends?  There times when I wanted to throttle Delilah, particularly when she is being beastly to her cousin Dodo.  But as Delilah grew and changed, so did my feelings towards her.  Delilah is like an onion, the book slowly peels back the layers to reveal the pain underneath.  Like many people, Delilah’s life was marked by the First World War.  She’s been trying to mask the pain by dancing, drinking and shagging the night away. By the time she does an impulsively heroic act towards the end of the book, I wanted to be her best friend.

And then there is Ryder White.  Be still my foolish heart, if it were possible to marry a fictional character, I would want to marry Ryder White.  How can one resist a man who can quote Walt Whitman? A man who can take down a lion with ease but who respects nature, the land and the natives? A man who is also kind and generous as well as being stubborn and proud? Ryder is a man’s man, handsome, brave and a little rough around the edges (all those years living in the Yukon and Africa).  He has been through a great deal of pain in his life but he doesn’t let it define him.  In fact, before you read Spear of Summer Grass, I suggest you read Raybourn’s prequel novella Far in the Wilds for a glimpse of Ryder before the novel starts.  I guarantee you will fall just as madly in love with Ryder as I have.



In fact, all the characters in this book are wonderfully flawed and deliciously quirky, including Tusker, Ryder’s aunt, Kit, the promiscuous self-absorbed artist, Rex and Helen, the long married couple with secrets, and Gideon and Moses.  I could gush all day about the wonderful scenes between Gideon, a Masai warrior who becomes Delilah’s protector and friend, and Delilah.  All these characters have suffered something whether it is loss of a loved one, or the pain of being a spinster.   It is Africa that heals them, that gives purpose and meaning to their lives.  Raybourn doesn’t shy away from describing just how hard life in Africa was, how few modern conveniences, the tensions between the colonialists and the natives, and the differing viewpoints on what direction Kenya or British East Africa should go in.  To the Europeans, Africa was their Wild West, the final frontier.  I do agree with some reviewers who felt that the political situation in Kenya is rather glossed over.  I’m still a little unsure as to what was going on at the time.  And I’m not sure that the novel needed a murder mystery.  It occurred so late in the book, that the denouement seemed rushed to me.  The book is at its best when the focus is on Delilah’s relationship with Africa, and her developing relationship with Ryder.


At first when I was reading the book, I tried to imagine what real life characters that lived in Kenya in the early 20th century Raybourn might have based her characters on.  After a while I was so entranced by the story, that I started imagining what actors might play what roles in the miniseries (please make this happen).  I definitely see Hayley Atwell (Captain America) as Delilah, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith in Downton Abbey) as Dodo and Judi Dench as Tusker.  Who should play Ryder is the tricky one; I would have said Clive Owen about ten years ago or even Russell Crowe when I still liked him.  If Jonathan Cake were a big enough star, I would say that he would make an excellent Ryder as would Richard Armitage, if he lightened his hair.

The verdict:  A powerful and poignant novel about redemption and the human spirit told by a master storyteller.

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Apr 30 2013

Title:  A Spear of Summer Grass

Author:  Deanna Raybourn


Publisher:  Harlequin/Mira


Pub Date:  April 30, 2013


How Acquired:  Through Net Galley



What it’s About:  The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even among Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. As punishment, Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savanna manor house, Fairlight, until gossip subsides. Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. Against the frivolity of her peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red dust. Here, life is lush and teeming—yet fleeting and often cheap.


Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for—and what she can no longer live without.


Why you should buy it:  I’ve been interested in British Africa between the wars, ever since I saw the film White Mischief.  So when I read that one of my favorite writers, Deanna Raybourn, had a book coming out set in that time period, I couldn’t wait to read it.  I started the book on Saturday on my bus ride to Boston and couldn’t put it down.  From the moment that Delilah set her dainty foot on African soil, I was completely mesmerized.  I read it on the T, at dinner, during intermission at the Lyric Stage Company, before bed, and kept on reading it until I finished it on the bus ride back home to New York.  And then I was depressed, because the book was done and I had to say good-bye to Delilah and Ryder, two of the most interesting characters that I have met in historical fiction in a long time. Not even the knowledge that Raybourn has another book coming out set during the same time period could assuage my grief.  This book made me want to immediately book a safari in Africa but the Abercrombie & Fitch kind with the air-conditioned tents, and four star cuisine. 


What can I say about Delilah Drummond that hasn’t already been said by critics who have universally acclaimed A Spear of Summer Grass? Delilah is spoiled, petulant, impulsive, promiscuous, vain, sarcastic, intelligent, and too stubborn for her own good. It takes her forever to admit what we, the reader already knows, that she has not only fallen in love with Ryder White, but she has fallen head over heels in love with Africa.  Oh, and I have mentioned that she is fiendishly loyal to both ex-husbands and friends?  There times when I wanted to throttle Delilah, particularly when she is being beastly to her cousin Dodo.  But as Delilah grew and changed, so did my feelings towards her.  Delilah is like an onion, the book slowly peels back the layers to reveal the pain underneath.  Like many people, Delilah’s life was marked by the First World War.  She’s been trying to mask the pain by dancing, drinking and shagging the night away. By the time she does an impulsively heroic act towards the end of the book, I wanted to be her best friend.

And then there is Ryder White.  Be still my foolish heart, if it were possible to marry a fictional character, I would want to marry Ryder White.  How can one resist a man who can quote Walt Whitman? A man who can take down a lion with ease but who respects nature, the land and the natives? A man who is also kind and generous as well as being stubborn and proud? Ryder is a man’s man, handsome, brave and a little rough around the edges (all those years living in the Yukon and Africa).  He has been through a great deal of pain in his life but he doesn’t let it define him.  In fact, before you read Spear of Summer Grass, I suggest you read Raybourn’s prequel novella Far in the Wilds for a glimpse of Ryder before the novel starts.  I guarantee you will fall just as madly in love with Ryder as I have.



In fact, all the characters in this book are wonderfully flawed and deliciously quirky, including Tusker, Ryder’s aunt, Kit, the promiscuous self-absorbed artist, Rex and Helen, the long married couple with secrets, and Gideon and Moses.  I could gush all day about the wonderful scenes between Gideon, a Masai warrior who becomes Delilah’s protector and friend, and Delilah.  All these characters have suffered something whether it is loss of a loved one, or the pain of being a spinster.   It is Africa that heals them, that gives purpose and meaning to their lives.  Raybourn doesn’t shy away from describing just how hard life in Africa was, how few modern conveniences, the tensions between the colonialists and the natives, and the differing viewpoints on what direction Kenya or British East Africa should go in.  To the Europeans, Africa was their Wild West, the final frontier.  I do agree with some reviewers who felt that the political situation in Kenya is rather glossed over.  I’m still a little unsure as to what was going on at the time.  And I’m not sure that the novel needed a murder mystery.  It occurred so late in the book, that the denouement seemed rushed to me.  The book is at its best when the focus is on Delilah’s relationship with Africa, and her developing relationship with Ryder.


At first when I was reading the book, I tried to imagine what real life characters that lived in Kenya in the early 20th century Raybourn might have based her characters on.  After a while I was so entranced by the story, that I started imagining what actors might play what roles in the miniseries (please make this happen).  I definitely see Hayley Atwell (Captain America) as Delilah, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith in Downton Abbey) as Dodo and Judi Dench as Tusker.  Who should play Ryder is the tricky one; I would have said Clive Owen about ten years ago or even Russell Crowe when I still liked him.  If Jonathan Cake were a big enough star, I would say that he would make an excellent Ryder as would Richard Armitage, if he lightened his hair.

The verdict:  A powerful and poignant novel about redemption and the human spirit told by a master storyteller.

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Apr 30 2013
Our very own Leah Eichler talks with Sharon Skinner on Extraordinary Women TV, a weekly broadcast and Internet television talk show featuring successful women. more...

Apr 29 2013


1THING illustrated by Aprile Elcich (www.aprileelcich.com): “My wonderful husband.”

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Apr 29 2013
Many of us in the speaking industry think of James Cunningham as one of the top emcees and entertainers in North America, always guaranteeing laughter and delight at whatever he undertakes. But did you know that he is also the host of the food TV program Eat St., and the  newly-minted author of the show’s... more...

Apr 29 2013

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Apr 29 2013
Nilofer Merchant, the bestselling author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, took to addressing a different topic during her 2013 TED Talk–the power of walking. Next time you have a meeting, she suggests, make it into a “walking meeting.” You’ll not only reap the inherent rewards of exercise, but you may... more...

Apr 29 2013
We are thrilled to introduce Olivia Wyett, Sara Rashidi and Mariel Repuyan, three high school students whose compelling presentation skills secured a $5000 grant for Not Far From The Tree from the Toskan Casale Foundation! The grant was awarded as part of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), an innovative education program that challenges high school students to assess local [...] more...

Apr 29 2013
This weekend my husband and I celebrated EIGHTEEN YEARS TOGETHER. Eighteen years, OY! I had just turned 20 years old the day we shared our first kiss, April 27th, 1995. So as an ode to my husband, and for my new readers who have never read it, here is our story... more...

Apr 29 2013
Veteran Globe and Mail political columnist Jeffrey Simpson was awarded the 2013 Donner Prize on Thursday night for his ninth book, Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century. “This book deals with the most pressing public-policy issue facing Canadians,” the jury stated, adding that “Chronic Condition should... more...

Apr 29 2013
Veteran Globe and Mail political columnist Jeffrey Simpson was awarded the 2013 Donner Prize on Thursday night for his ninth book, Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century. “This book deals with the most pressing public-policy issue facing Canadians,” the jury stated, adding that “Chronic Condition should... more...

Apr 29 2013
Delia Ephron wrote “The Art of Fearlessness” which was published in a recent issue of More magazine. I really enjoyed it and am happy to be able to provide you with a link to it:   http://deliaephronwriter.com/Latest/the-art-of-fearlessness.html   I hope you take the time to read it; it’s a wonderful “feel good” read to begin [...] more...

Apr 29 2013

What makes one person more interesting than another? Picture yourself in a room surrounded by different types of people, isn’t there always something that makes at least one person stand out to you and to seemingly everyone else in the room? They are not always the best looking or the most charismatic but something about that person keeps you captivated and wanting to be in their presence, wanting to hear what they have to say.


Over the past month or so, I’ve been in B-school, created by a really awesome, fun and inspiring womyn named Marie Forleo. If you haven’t heard about her, then I definitely suggest you look her up! While I am learning so much about how to take my brand and business to the next level, the thing that I really respect and appreciate about Marie is that she has found a way to be successful by being her own interesting self. She is not the typical business womyn or advisor that most people may think of (stiff, serious, etc) but she has found a way to use her fun and quirky personality to draw people in. I can relate to this, because when I was starting out I used to think that I had to look and act a certain way to be a successful artist. But, its only when I decided that all I can be is me and that I want to tell my unique story is when I truly started to become successful and people started to pay attention.


I was recently watching a video interview that she did on her YouTube Channel with a womyn named Sally Hogshead about learning how to tap into your own natural abilities in order to be your most interesting self. Whether you are trying to be successful at work, in building your own business or even if you want to meet new people, it’s important to figure out exactly what you have that will draw people in. What can people buy into about you that will keep them captivated? Maybe you are funny, or really passionate about a subject or kind and nurturing, these traits are your selling points so learn how to work them!


Check out the video below for the interview.


What do you think are your unique selling points? Take your shine in the comments section below. I would love to hear!


Happy Monday!





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Apr 29 2013

What makes one person more interesting than another? Picture yourself in a room surrounded by different types of people, isn’t there always something that makes at least one person stand out to you and to seemingly everyone else in the room? They are not always the best looking or the most charismatic but something about that person keeps you captivated and wanting to be in their presence, wanting to hear what they have to say.


Over the past month or so, I’ve been in B-school, created by a really awesome, fun and inspiring womyn named Marie Forleo. If you haven’t heard about her, then I definitely suggest you look her up! While I am learning so much about how to take my brand and business to the next level, the thing that I really respect and appreciate about Marie is that she has found a way to be successful by being her own interesting self. She is not the typical business womyn or advisor that most people may think of (stiff, serious, etc) but she has found a way to use her fun and quirky personality to draw people in. I can relate to this, because when I was starting out I used to think that I had to look and act a certain way to be a successful artist. But, its only when I decided that all I can be is me and that I want to tell my unique story is when I truly started to become successful and people started to pay attention.


I was recently watching a video interview that she did on her YouTube Channel with a womyn named Sally Hogshead about learning how to tap into your own natural abilities in order to be your most interesting self. Whether you are trying to be successful at work, in building your own business or even if you want to meet new people, it’s important to figure out exactly what you have that will draw people in. What can people buy into about you that will keep them captivated? Maybe you are funny, or really passionate about a subject or kind and nurturing, these traits are your selling points so learn how to work them!


Check out the video below for the interview.


What do you think are your unique selling points? Take your shine in the comments section below. I would love to hear!


Happy Monday!





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Apr 27 2013
A few weeks back I posted excerpts from an interview with Elliott Katz, author of Great Country Walks Around Toronto, where I asked him to describe a few of his favorite, well, great country walks around Toronto. Ever the adventurer, I promised myself I’d go on each of his suggested strolls, performing a little scavenger [...] more...

Apr 27 2013

What do you do when you believe that someone you care about is on the wrong track?  

Do you tell them what you think?  Do you try to guide them in a more suitable direction?  Or do you just stay quiet, decide it is none of your business and let it go?


As a friend and colleague it is a fine line.  You don’t want to risk losing that relationship forever by having the frank conversation and here’s a thought, what if you are wrong? Yet, to say nothing seems irresponsible and uncaring. 

And if it is one of your children, then sorry, as a parent, right or wrong,  I am usually compelled to give my two cents worth even when it is not welcome.


Regardless of the relationship, maybe the answer is to start a conversation and just listen.  There may be an opportunity to subtly introduce a thought that prods the person to revisit their direction. Sometimes I find that what I am sensing is what the other person knows deep down but hasn’t been able to articulate and often from the outside looking in we can see so clearly what is happening, or perhaps what is not happening.


I certainly find with new business owners, they start off in one direction and as time evolves and they learn more about their marketplace, they begin to switch it up and find their niche, which can take time.


But the bottom line is that it is the person’s life and they need to choose their own path, even if in our eyes, they are destined to be disappointed or to fail.  We also cannot overlook the fact that we may not have the whole picture.  We may not be aware of what else is happening within the family or what has happened in the past to shape that person.


I guess I have answered my own questions.  The answer is to be there, to listen and nudge if appropriate or asked what we think,  and if you really care, stick around to catch the person when and if she falls.


But knowing myself, that is easier said than done, especially when I am in rescue mode. So note to self, take my own advice. Back off and just be there.

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Apr 27 2013

What do you do when you believe that someone you care about is on the wrong track?  

Do you tell them what you think?  Do you try to guide them in a more suitable direction?  Or do you just stay quiet, decide it is none of your business and let it go?


As a friend and colleague it is a fine line.  You don’t want to risk losing that relationship forever by having the frank conversation and here’s a thought, what if you are wrong? Yet, to say nothing seems irresponsible and uncaring. 

And if it is one of your children, then sorry, as a parent, right or wrong,  I am usually compelled to give my two cents worth even when it is not welcome.


Regardless of the relationship, maybe the answer is to start a conversation and just listen.  There may be an opportunity to subtly introduce a thought that prods the person to revisit their direction. Sometimes I find that what I am sensing is what the other person knows deep down but hasn’t been able to articulate and often from the outside looking in we can see so clearly what is happening, or perhaps what is not happening.


I certainly find with new business owners, they start off in one direction and as time evolves and they learn more about their marketplace, they begin to switch it up and find their niche, which can take time.


But the bottom line is that it is the person’s life and they need to choose their own path, even if in our eyes, they are destined to be disappointed or to fail.  We also cannot overlook the fact that we may not have the whole picture.  We may not be aware of what else is happening within the family or what has happened in the past to shape that person.


I guess I have answered my own questions.  The answer is to be there, to listen and nudge if appropriate or asked what we think,  and if you really care, stick around to catch the person when and if she falls.


But knowing myself, that is easier said than done, especially when I am in rescue mode. So note to self, take my own advice. Back off and just be there.

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Apr 27 2013
On April 21, 2013, I had the opportunity to speak as a guest panelist alongside some of Canada’s top lifestyle television producers, including Jennifer MacLean, Senior Producer of CTV’s Canada AM; and Sara Lynn Cauchon, Show Producer of CBC’s Steven and Chris and the Live Well Network in the U.S. Held at the fantastic Baka [...] more...

Apr 26 2013

The headline of the press release that came to me in email from our friends at CritterKin said "Canada Post shines a light on pet adoption with new stamp issue." 
 We are big supporters of shelters and rescue organizations, they work they do is so important in a community, and helps save lives. We adopted our dog Toby was from a local rescue organization when he was five years old, and as a result of his books, we had the pleasure of meeting many staff and volunteers from shelters across North America.  It was exciting to see that Canada Post has taken such a key role in bringing awareness to the importance of animal shelters and animal adoption.  You can read more in the press release and see the stamps here:
http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/collecting/stamps/2013/2013_apr_adopt_a_pet.jsf

Here are a few highlights from the recent press release:

“These stamps show us what the shelters in Canada are accomplishing,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. “The creativity incorporated into the design provides interaction and a true connection to each individual stamp and its story, ideally changing the stigma associated with shelter animals.”


 

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies recommends that Canadians go to their local humane society when considering pet adoption. “Adopted animals come with great benefits: they have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and had a full vet check-up in addition to having their physical and behavioural health tested to ensure they are ready for a new home,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the CFHS. “But the real reward of adoption occurs when the right animal comes into your life and becomes a part of the family.”
 
We can all support this effort by purchasing these stamps the next time you are in the post office.  Together we can make a difference.
 
 
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Apr 26 2013

The headline of the press release that came to me in email from our friends at CritterKin said "Canada Post shines a light on pet adoption with new stamp issue." 
 We are big supporters of shelters and rescue organizations, they work they do is so important in a community, and helps save lives. We adopted our dog Toby was from a local rescue organization when he was five years old, and as a result of his books, we had the pleasure of meeting many staff and volunteers from shelters across North America.  It was exciting to see that Canada Post has taken such a key role in bringing awareness to the importance of animal shelters and animal adoption.  You can read more in the press release and see the stamps here:
http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/collecting/stamps/2013/2013_apr_adopt_a_pet.jsf

Here are a few highlights from the recent press release:

“These stamps show us what the shelters in Canada are accomplishing,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. “The creativity incorporated into the design provides interaction and a true connection to each individual stamp and its story, ideally changing the stigma associated with shelter animals.”


 

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies recommends that Canadians go to their local humane society when considering pet adoption. “Adopted animals come with great benefits: they have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and had a full vet check-up in addition to having their physical and behavioural health tested to ensure they are ready for a new home,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the CFHS. “But the real reward of adoption occurs when the right animal comes into your life and becomes a part of the family.”
 
We can all support this effort by purchasing these stamps the next time you are in the post office.  Together we can make a difference.
 
 
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Apr 26 2013
Well here we are again. Spring which means summer which means swimming outside which means bathing suits which means cover ups which means unhealthy eating which means trying to lose weight. OK, so now you know: sometimes my brain goes all over the place and that’s where it just went. In reality, it is spring […] more...

Apr 26 2013
Business and Technology Visionary Leonard Brody recently spoke at the Next Web Conference Europe 2013 in Amsterdam. In the video above, he explains why he believes that the technological advances in the last 20 years have changed human behavior more th... more...

Apr 26 2013
  I took a break to walk by the water the other day. It was really beautiful. I could hear the waves crashing on the rocks and the birds chirping. The sun was warm on my face. Even though I … Continue reading more...

Apr 26 2013
TRUST the journey.  You’re EXACTLY  where you should be! When I began this unorthodox route... more...

Apr 26 2013


Lauryn Hill’s name has stayed in the news and blogs in recent years for everything but the music that we all loved and appreciated. Her recent tax troubles have gone public as she was set to face jail time for owing almost $1 million to the government. Everyone has harshly criticized her decisions. From the outside looking in, she was the womyn who could have anything that she wanted yet continually made poor decisions in her absence from music to her relationships. While I can’t speak on what is happening in her personal life, I do think that we all need to give Ms.Hill a break when it comes to the struggle between artistry and the music business.
No matter what type of artist you are – singer, painter, comedian, etc.- there is always going to be a battle between being true to your art and getting the payment and business respect that you deserve. Especially in the music business, people see these artists flashing their money and fancy homes so we believe that their life and decisions are easy but really sometimes they have to sacrifice their art and what they truly want to do in order to remain financially successful. There are some artists that are just not willing to do this, Lauryn Hill being one of them and anyone remember Dave Chappell running away from his multi-million dollar deal because it felt like too much of a departure from what he originally thought he wanted?
Lauryn recently posted to her Tumblr account, a letter to her fans to explain her issues with her taxes and her new deal with Sony. I think that she brought up a lot of interesting points that echo that struggle between artistry and capital. Check out what she had to say here:
It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.
I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.
It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.
The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).
Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.
MLH
  
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Apr 26 2013


Lauryn Hill’s name has stayed in the news and blogs in recent years for everything but the music that we all loved and appreciated. Her recent tax troubles have gone public as she was set to face jail time for owing almost $1 million to the government. Everyone has harshly criticized her decisions. From the outside looking in, she was the womyn who could have anything that she wanted yet continually made poor decisions in her absence from music to her relationships. While I can’t speak on what is happening in her personal life, I do think that we all need to give Ms.Hill a break when it comes to the struggle between artistry and the music business.
No matter what type of artist you are – singer, painter, comedian, etc.- there is always going to be a battle between being true to your art and getting the payment and business respect that you deserve. Especially in the music business, people see these artists flashing their money and fancy homes so we believe that their life and decisions are easy but really sometimes they have to sacrifice their art and what they truly want to do in order to remain financially successful. There are some artists that are just not willing to do this, Lauryn Hill being one of them and anyone remember Dave Chappell running away from his multi-million dollar deal because it felt like too much of a departure from what he originally thought he wanted?
Lauryn recently posted to her Tumblr account, a letter to her fans to explain her issues with her taxes and her new deal with Sony. I think that she brought up a lot of interesting points that echo that struggle between artistry and capital. Check out what she had to say here:
It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.
I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.
It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.
The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).
Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.
MLH
  
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Apr 26 2013
  I had the privilege of being at the Greater Kingston’s Chamber of Commerce for the first ever Inspiration2Women at the K Rock Centre.  Some might think that after all this time women wouldn’t need their own day, but the truth is they do. On the evolutionary scale, women have come a long way in Read the full article... more...

Apr 25 2013
April 25, 2013 Congratulations to Cheryl Stoneburgh, founder of Basketeers, on receiving the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Volunteering for her work in helping women in shelters as they prepare to get started on their own. more...

Apr 25 2013
Retailer NOW magazine caught up with Service and Culture Expert, Jim Knight, for an in-depth Q&A. Jim cut his teeth in the hospitality industry, starting out as a restaurant staff-level employee for the Olive Garden and the Hard Rock Café, eventually becoming the head of the School of Hard Rocks, running all global training and... more...

Apr 25 2013
Today, Bell announced “Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk,” a national bicycle tour by Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, in support of mental health. The ride  begins in March 2014 and spans more than 100 days, 12,000 kilometres and every province and territory of Canada, culminating on... more...

Apr 25 2013
Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com
Come visit our VERY green booth at #GLS13! #organic #growyourown
— Young Urban Farmers (@YoungUrbnFarmer) April 13, 2013

Attendees of Green Living Show experience first hand the beauty and power of PeapodLife’s Advanced Human Habitat

A little over 10 days ago, the 2013 Green Living Show was held at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. PeapodLife was there, sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers. 


Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com

PeapodLife showcased one of its self-contained ecosystems, a customized “Angolo” unit (one with a light but not the full canopy enclosure) which allowed visitors to the booth to get up close and personal with the ecosystem.



Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com

Visitors were taken by the beauty of the living wall ecosystem, including varieties of orchids, bromeliads, and moss. Standing next to it, they could also feel the fresh air bellowing off of it. No easy feat for a relatively small ecosystem, considering the enormous space of the Direct Energy Centre.

Under normal circumstances—in a home, condo, small office or retail space, an Angolo ecosystem would filter impurities from the atmosphere and eventually fill the entire space with fresh, clean air.


Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com

We were happy to share a booth with Young Urban Farmers, and are looking forward to seeing how the efforts of our non-profit research partners focused on ecosystem-based organic food and pure water production will dovetail with Toronto’s urban cultivation movement.

Together, we will show the world that there is a viable alternative to the industrial agri-business monolith.

Attila Lendvai
VP of Strategic Development
Wo-Built Inc. - Innovative Design and Build
Project Director
PeapodLife - Advanced Human Habitat via Building EcoSystems & Technology

links:
Green Renovations: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned
Join Building Industry and Land Development Association for this informative case study approach as panelists share their experiences on small, medium and large "green" renovation projects
Wo-Built: Green Additions with Indoor Gardens a Big Hit at Home and Green Living Shows
Going Green in the City: Building and Renovating with "Being Green" in Mind:
Part 1 - Eco-Friendly Home Improvements
Part 2 - Going Green Is Becoming Mainstream
Part 3 - Living Rooftops - An Environmental Alternative for "Green" Building
Home Renovation Tip: Donate Reusable Items to Non-For-Profit Organizations
Interesting Reading: Government Help for Going Green in Homes
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Apr 25 2013
Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com
Come visit our VERY green booth at #GLS13! #organic #growyourown
— Young Urban Farmers (@YoungUrbnFarmer) April 13, 2013

Attendees of Green Living Show experience first hand the beauty and power of PeapodLife’s Advanced Human Habitat

A little over 10 days ago, the 2013 Green Living Show was held at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. PeapodLife was there, sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers. 


Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com

PeapodLife showcased one of its self-contained ecosystems, a customized “Angolo” unit (one with a light but not the full canopy enclosure) which allowed visitors to the booth to get up close and personal with the ecosystem.



Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com

Visitors were taken by the beauty of the living wall ecosystem, including varieties of orchids, bromeliads, and moss. Standing next to it, they could also feel the fresh air bellowing off of it. No easy feat for a relatively small ecosystem, considering the enormous space of the Direct Energy Centre.

Under normal circumstances—in a home, condo, small office or retail space, an Angolo ecosystem would filter impurities from the atmosphere and eventually fill the entire space with fresh, clean air.


Photo: PeapodLife's at The Green Living Show
Sharing a booth with Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto
Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, April 12-14, 2013
2013 @ wobuilt.com

We were happy to share a booth with Young Urban Farmers, and are looking forward to seeing how the efforts of our non-profit research partners focused on ecosystem-based organic food and pure water production will dovetail with Toronto’s urban cultivation movement.

Together, we will show the world that there is a viable alternative to the industrial agri-business monolith.

Attila Lendvai
VP of Strategic Development
Wo-Built Inc. - Innovative Design and Build
Project Director
PeapodLife - Advanced Human Habitat via Building EcoSystems & Technology

links:
Green Renovations: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned
Join Building Industry and Land Development Association for this informative case study approach as panelists share their experiences on small, medium and large "green" renovation projects
Wo-Built: Green Additions with Indoor Gardens a Big Hit at Home and Green Living Shows
Going Green in the City: Building and Renovating with "Being Green" in Mind:
Part 1 - Eco-Friendly Home Improvements
Part 2 - Going Green Is Becoming Mainstream
Part 3 - Living Rooftops - An Environmental Alternative for "Green" Building
Home Renovation Tip: Donate Reusable Items to Non-For-Profit Organizations
Interesting Reading: Government Help for Going Green in Homes
more...

Apr 25 2013
Tagged: Big Picture Fine Focus, Connoisseurs of Life, inspiration, investment strategies, jason valdeavilla, Joann Lim, life strategies, Love, photography, Relationships, whole living more...

Apr 25 2013
“Pat, how do you stay so motivated?”  I get that question a lot and I can easily understand why many entrepreneurs lose their motivation on a regular basis. First of all, I believe it’s human nature.  Nobody is motivated ALL the time. And if they tell you [...] more...

Apr 25 2013
Melissa and Halina share how their individual styles, come together to create their trademark, relaxed sophisticated designs.  In this article for 24hrs Toronto, they talk antiques, vintage classics and how they began as childhood friends and neighbours. more...

Apr 25 2013
House & Home Magazine has featured one of our favourite designs in it’s Best Laundry Rooms: A Special Design Guide. This townhouse was originally featured on the magazine’s March 2012 front cover. The laundry room, beautifully designed by Halina, is now the focus and we are thrilled House & Home magazine has chosen it as […] more...

Apr 25 2013
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Apr 24 2013


1THING illustrated by Aprile Elcich (www.aprileelcich.com): “The love of wonderful friends.”

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Apr 24 2013
We Are Pleased To Introduce Blossom Watch! What’s blossoming in your neighbourhood? We are all a buzz here at Not Far From The Tree about our latest project: Blossom Watch! Spring is upon us and calling us to get outside. Explore the city’s blossoms with our Blossom Watch Project. We invite you to join us in [...] more...

Apr 24 2013
Oh, photo shoots, how we love and dread you at the same time.  You can... more...

Apr 24 2013
The Regina Leader Post attended a talk on Tuesday featuring Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and the founder and executive director of War Child Canada: Samantha Nutt doesn’t believe the next frontier of humanitarian work in war-torn countries needs more doctors, engineers or social workers. Instead, it needs more lawyers. On Tuesday, Nutt, a... more...

Apr 24 2013
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