20 years ago today, we were introduced to the very normal family at number four Private Drive, “the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious” (1, Philosopher’s Stone); and, as we opened the pages to this “very normal” life, thousands of kids and parents and loved ones learned of a much […]

I never purchase a book without reading the last few sentences. If they intrigue me, I’ll take the leap. I’m not sure when this habit began. All I know is that this habit stems from the need for my reading-time to be worthwhile. The first and last sentences of a book are often a reflection […]

Losing someone you love is always hard, especially when they’re someone you admired. It’s been a year since my aunt passed away and I still find myself thinking of her often; she was one of the most enchanting storytellers I had the privilege of knowing. My aunt’s passing is something I’m still coming to terms […]

Lately I’ve been feeling this need to “get my ideas out” and, well, writing has failed to fully satisfy. Prose is my main creative medium and it requires a certain kind of thinking that I’m trying to take a mental break from. Finding that balance between nurturing calls to be creative and much-needed relaxation is difficult […]

A colleague of mine recently shared some of the takeaways from her course on positive psychology. Our department provides support for students and recent alumni of McMaster University, so naturally, the presentation held this focus; however, I have been sitting with some broader thoughts ever since. I was personally captivated by the presentation’s link between […]

It’s amazing how much anxiety writing can cause writers the moment the words “publish” and “audience” come into play. I see this all the time with clients, colleagues, friends, and fellow freelancers. The moment their writing has a platform, the anxiety settles in. What if someone critiques the work? What if someone makes a personal […]

The creative negotiation is more nuanced than simply “feeling bad” about neglecting your personal projects; it’s more like the difference between making a meal for someone you love and making a meal for yourself. You might labour over the ingredients, recipe, plating, and all the other things that make a meal great if it’s for someone you care about, but when it comes to making yourself lunch for work or dinner after a busy day, you might hold back.