How to Build Healthier Cities.

So many cities in Canada are going through a phase of regrowth in their downtowns. New coffee shops, co-working spaces, innovation centres, and startups are infiltrating old spaces. This is called revitalization. It is good. But there is a flip side. I’ve been working on a project lately that takes a deeper look at revitalization…

Authenticity, Fitting in, and Breaking Rules

This is what I am working through lately: how to stay true to myself. But it’s not in the way you might think. I study journalism. It has been a long journey from english literature to hard news, from university to college, but I’m in the right place now. The funny thing is that as…

The Art of Friendship and the Beauty of Story

It’s early mornings for us. We used to meet down at the swimming pool to do laps before school, but time has thrown us into different locations. We’ve spread ourselves across different cultures, and now we settle for a coffee shop in the quiet stillness of just-after-dawn. There are some friendships that you should not…

The Weekend Collections: Everyone’s Story Can Teach You, Somehow

I used to think that the best way to learn was through change and constantly generating new experiences. I think, though, that returning to old, familiar places can teach you a great deal, as well. It’s all about the way you see, your openness to learn, your ability to gauge your growth. I’m cinched between a…

What Are You Building?

This is something I ask myself periodically: what are you building? When I get too comfortable with my life or when my goals and ambitions go a bit slack, I ask myself what I am building and what I want to build as a way to refocus and channel my energies into deciding what to…

Now and Then

Life is, as always, a collage of pieces that make up the whole. Right now the fragments of my life that make up this collage include studying, watching movies way too late at night, eating really good Asian food, going to church, laughing, drinking tea, so much singing and even more studying. Once in a…

Grounded

So I say that I am going to work on my candour and it turns out that it isn’t very hard so far because life is, well, not too exciting, to say the least. We’re knee deep in our second semester of first year, which means that (most) of the all nighters and crazy antics…

Return to Honesty {read: enter at your own risk}

I was thinking about creativity the other morning and it suddenly struck me that so much of creativity is about honesty. If the artist is not being honest in their art, its impact will be far less and the art is reduced to something more mediocre. Raw honesty is compelling and true. Art should remind…

Joy and Pain

Our lives beat with the pulse of joy and pain. These two emotions are braided into the roots of our being, mingling together and spinning us in an erratic dance called “life.” Within this dance, joy and pain swing us high in arcs of euphoria and drop us deep into suffering. There is no birth…

For Mothers

The song of your pastcan still be heard;the ebb and flowof a melodyon some distant windthat ushers youinto now.Now,a string of mothershave led us here.Birthed and grownto birth and grow.Raised to flourishto flourish in the raising.Give rise to the future:that is your callingstretched out in the long hours,bound by your words andcarried by your example.You…