The colour of laughter

Laughter is so much part of the fabric of my life — and hopefully yours too — I can easily overlook the richness it adds, or the different textures of a giggle and guffaw. Describing the laughter of a friend or someone familiar can be like trying to explain a colour: what does blue look […]

April 14, 2014 | Read the rest

Talk to strangers

Children are often told not to talk to strangers. Today with smartphones and iPods, adults can conveniently avoid talking to strangers, too. Our focus on our phones sometimes means we’re missing out on rich conversations with our neighbours. Today, strike up a conversation with someone you meet for the first time — maybe that’s your cashier, waiter, or seat mate on […]

April 7, 2014 | Read the rest

To infinity and beyond

A repetitive action can relax your mind and prime it for mindfulness. Drawing or doodling is an easy way for me to let go of some of the tension from the day. Start at the centre of a piece of paper and draw a loop to the left and bring it back to the middle. Now […]

March 31, 2014 | Read the rest


Sometimes I need to break out of the echo chamber of my own mind to notice the day and find my creativity. One trick that always works is to eavesdrop. The grocery store and coffee shops are great places to pick up on interesting conversations. You’ll hear secrets, confessions and banter that will take you […]

March 23, 2014 | Read the rest

Rewriting old news

Cut phrases, headlines, and quotes out of an old magazine or today’s paper, and arrange them by just going with your gut. If you like, write words to connect the ideas, and cross out and add others. Use this as a first draft for a poem or a story. Share what new emerges by chance out […]

March 16, 2014 | Read the rest