Check out this app

I’m not one to get too stoked about apps — or at least not generally enough to hype them — but I gotta give credit where it’s due. Swipewipe had recently been getting a strange amount of (unpaid) promotion from completely unrelated newsletters I get, and it sounded like it had some promise, so I…

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Movember Day 4

I’ve noticed a couple of things in my walks through some local parkland over the last few days. First, the squirrels are getting chubby. Squirrels are ubiquitous in Toronto. Common enough that visiting for a while, and certainly when you’ve grown up here, you don’t think twice about them. Common enough that with seeing them…

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A strong start to Movember

I just completed a walk that took me upwards of 6 km. That wasn’t just because I really should walk more often, but in particular it’s for my Movember commitment to walk 60 km this month. A few observations I made along the way: 1. When I’m walking with intent for distance instead of pleasure,…

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Update: What I read this month

In my sporadically taking poor notes, I realized today that I’d totally forgotten to include Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott, in my read books of October. It’s another book from a writer offering advice to writers, which I seem to have an endless taste for. That remains the…

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What I read this month

I didn’t get to as much reading as I would’ve liked to this month. That’s not remotely new, of course. But the reasoning for it has recently changed. It’s increasingly evident that a) my LCBO job drains an unprecedented amount of both physical and mental energy from me, paired with b) my tending to read…

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Back in the Movember movement

Movember was an idea that became an annual fundraising movement. People grow a moustache over the month of November to help raise money for men’s health and well-being. I participated once over a dozen years ago, inspired by the idea and by how close to home it hit after my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate…

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Everything is phases

I realized about a decade ago that everything happens in phases. This may come across as old news to some — “the only constant is that everything changes”, as the saying goes — but that fact seems to hit me at particular times that stand out as a clear shift in something. I was at…

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