Can you use your passions to slow down?

Busy-ness and passion. Those are two things I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m busy packing, storing, throwing out, doing all those things involved in moving. Oh yes, and then there’s my work, filled with projects and clients who need time and attention. I’m madly running from one place to another, trying to organize while myContinue reading “Can you use your passions to slow down?”

Fiddle lessons from the Masters (Part 2)

I spent the next 4 weeks playing my loaner fiddle. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say I spent the next 4 weeks falling hopelessly in love with my loaner fiddle. The tunes seemed to dance out of the instrument, enveloping my ears with a rich, deep almost chocolatey warmth that made me smileContinue reading “Fiddle lessons from the Masters (Part 2)”

Fiddle lessons from the Masters (Part 1)

About 5 years ago, I decided I wanted to learn to play the fiddle. I was out on the French shore of Nova Scotia  and I bought a hand-built fiddle and an old beat up case. Through a mixture of genius, magic and good luck, I found Sandy MacIntyre, a Toronto based Cape Breton fiddlerContinue reading “Fiddle lessons from the Masters (Part 1)”

The Myth of Multi-tasking

(Spoiler alert: this blog involves serious injury to my foot, bum and pride. You have been warned). My cell phone alarm was ringing, and that meant it was time for my eye drops. I was over at my neighbours, sitting outside enjoying their company, and that annoying sound went off. I pushed myself out ofContinue reading “The Myth of Multi-tasking”

Rooftops and Satellites

What happens when you mix Colin James, Roger Von Oech, Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe? (aka a musician, a creativity specialist, and two video specialists?) Well, you get me! At least, you get what my mind has envisioned by trying to recognize patterns and find meaning in what each of these individuals has to share.Continue reading “Rooftops and Satellites”

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

I am (once again) reading Richard Carlson’s “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff”. I know that there are volumes of spirituality tools, books and websites  designed to help change your life and achieve all possibilities, but I’ve never come across anything as simple and direct as Carlson’s work. His words always hitContinue reading “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”

Stop, look and listen

Noon o’clock, time for a run. On go the tights, jacket, my winter IceBug running shoes, iPod and out I go. 6 degrees with a breeze on my face that feels almost like spring. I’m listening to Sprag Session (http://spragsession.com/) playing in my ears, and I’m pumping up the Escarpment hill with my most wonderfulContinue reading “Stop, look and listen”