Thirty days without gossip

At the start of 2016, I made it my goal to rein in my gossip consumption, particularly the amount of mainstream media, Facebook, and YouTube I consume. If you’re confused as to why anyone would want to spend less time staying informed, I suggest you start with my last post, where I talk about a few of the negative aspects of consuming gossip.

This week (in case you still weren’t convinced that you should put down that morning paper), I thought I’d focus on some of the benefits of avoiding gossip and one hack I use to keep my gossip intake in check. Continue reading


If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up,…or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter,—we never need read another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for myriad instances and applications? — Henry David Thoreau

As people are wont to do around this time of year, I suspect many of you have one or two, or perhaps ten, resolutions that you’ve come up with as we begin the journey into 2016. Some of these may be things that you want to learn, things that you want to get better at, or things that you’d like to avoid completely.

If I may, I’d like to add one more thing to your list of habits to break: Continue reading

The summer that wasn’t (or was it?)

As students flock back to campus, the days get shorter, the temperature drops, and leaves change colour.

The transition from summer to autumn is hurried and unjustified for many. Unlike spring, the poster child for growth, new beginnings, and the rebirth of ourselves and our surroundings, autumn signifies aging, even death. It reminds us that time is passing and that we are impermanent. Continue reading

My first Internet dollar(s)

I’ve alluded to my goal of becoming a self-sufficient, location-independent freelancer (or digital nomad, if you will) in the past. Unfortunately, I’ve been finding it difficult to devote much of my time to this particular cause as I’ve been focusing my efforts on finishing my research and writing my thesis so I can graduate before Christmas. I have a lot to do, and, unfortunately, that’s meant that any progress toward building up my freelancing skills or working on my online business has been put on an indefinite hold. Continue reading