Month: November 2016

It’s Not About Me

The next time I’m asked to speak about my career to a university or college class, I’m going to say no. It’s not that I don’t want to help them, it’s that I don’t think that I can.  

Luuup Review

It’s always easier to explain something that’s totally terrific or absolutely horrible. It’s more difficult when it lands somewhere in between the two extremes. 

In the Luuup

Cats can be kind of disgusting. They’re more-or-less clean and rather obsessed with self-grooming but…well…if you’ve ever had a cat, you know. So when I heard about Luuup, the self-described Best Litter Box Ever Made, I had to investigate. This reads a bit like an infomercial, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not because my beta phase …

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What the #*&%?

It looks like I have several friends who are near-geniuses. Let me explain. New research shows we’re wrong when we assume that someone who swears a lot has a small vocabulary and equally small brain. 

Diss Ability

Parkinson’s has robbed my Dad of many things. He shuffles when he walks and sometimes loses his balance so he has to be watched carefully when he moves. His arms don’t always do what he tells them. He looks smaller than he used to. He’s fragile.

Miss Information

The Huffington Post conducted a fascinating experiment this week. They crafted an article with a deliberately false headline just to see how many people would share it without even reading it. Thousands did. 

Coffee Culture

A few years ago, I met a fellow author at a book-signing event at Chapters here in London. We had both been guests on a Rogers TV show called The Book Nook. Joe Ornato wrote Neurotic Money: The World of Debt & How It Has Hijacked Your Brain. 

Dad Club London

I’ve long admired the mission and motives of Dad Club London. They’re a bunch of Dads and dads-to-be who help each other navigate the complicated world of dad-hood. This is not your father’s diaper duty. 

Joshing You

Perhaps I’ve played the proud Aunt once or twice before, and mentioned that my eldest nephew, Josh, is training on the Canadian Olympic bobsled team. Josh is an elite athlete in track and field, and after getting his university education on a U.S. track scholarship, he thought his Olympic dreams were over. 

News is News

One of the things I try to teach my news-writing students at Fanshawe is to avoid presenting a story as good or bad. It just is. It’s up to your listener/viewer to decide whether something is positive or negative. A prime example of this is the state of the Canadian dollar. When it goes up or …

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There She Goes

The best-kept secret in broadcasting was finally revealed, and sent a shock through the broadcasting world yesterday. After nearly three decades on CHFI mornings, Erin Davis announced her retirement. 

Election Prediction

A former colleague once said to me, “people are liberal when they’re younger and they get more conservative as they get older”. My first thought was, well isn’t that a sweeping statement! And my second: that doesn’t apply to me. 

Minding Your Business

Friday is, of course, Remembrance Day. And now that November is here, like toddlers who have eaten too much sugar, some super-excited Christmas-lovers are already in the spirit. Boy oh boy, are they in for a lashing on social media.