Here’s to showing up

Here’s to showing up

Jan 2, 2014

I’ve made a bunch of little resolutions this year but, really, they can be summarized by these three words: Just show up. Brené Brown sums it up beautifully in this video. One of my favourite bits: If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback. Hell yes.

2013 in Favourite Books

2013 in Favourite Books

Dec 31, 2013

The year in books post that I published a couple of days ago didn’t really tell you anything about what I enjoyed reading the most this year, did it? Not in any real year-end, roundup kind of way. So that’s what this post is about then, the highlights, the best-of, the few books that really […]

2013 in Books

2013 in Books

Dec 29, 2013

I read 71 books last year and 51 the year before. Compared to that, this year’s 33 seems a bit paltry. The big difference this year is that I stopped listening to audiobooks, opting for CBC Radio 1 or music to accompany me to work and back everyday (which is when I used to do […]

Pomegranate Season
In make

Pomegranate Season

Dec 26, 2013

About six years ago I learned how to cut a pomegranate. I’m really glad I took the time to photograph and document the process because about this time every year, I pull up that Flickr set to remind myself of the process (it’s super simple, but when you don’t do it regularly, you forget, don’t […]

“Stories are so important in the world”

“Stories are so important in the world”

Dec 14, 2013

Lives of Girls and Women was the first Canadian novel I read, single-handedly sparking my love of CanLit. I’ve read everything Munro has published since, so you can probably imagine my sheer delight over her winning the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. Munro didn’t make it to Sweden to receive the award, so they […]

For 2014: The Logbook
In make, me

For 2014: The Logbook

Dec 10, 2013

One of the best things I read this year was Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. It’s a wonderful, affirming, mobilizing little book for creatives, just a short read but chock full of excellent advice. One of my favourite bits is a little manifesto that has stayed with me, all these months after finishing […]

To Read: Type Matters!

To Read: Type Matters!

Dec 9, 2013

From a review on Design Cloud: Once upon a time, only typesetters needed to know about kerning, leading, ligatures, and hanging punctuation. Today, however, most of us work on computers, with access to hundreds of fonts, and we’d all like our letters, reports and other documents to look as good – and as readable – […]

The Model Librarian

The Model Librarian

Dec 6, 2013

Via cincylibrary: Recently spotted in our collection: Patrons Are People: How to Be a Model Librarian, published by the American Library Association in 1956 and full of helpful hints prepared and illustrated by Sarah Leslie Wallace. So tempted to request an interlibrary loan!

Bob Dylan reads from The Waste Land

Bob Dylan reads from The Waste Land

Dec 6, 2013

I can’t stop listening. [via The Paris Review]

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