Category Archives: Ethics

Be an Upstander

Ever since the US election, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the differences between liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans. It is impossible to describe either group without resorting to stereotypes. I’m so entrenched in my own side of

Be an Upstander

Ever since the US election, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the differences between liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans. It is impossible to describe either group without resorting to stereotypes. I’m so entrenched in my own side of

Dear Old Lady

My mom is in her mid-70s and has recently developed two major health problems. She has significant hearing loss which is not corrected by a hearing aid. She has arthritis in her hip and is on a waiting list for

Dear Old Lady

My mom is in her mid-70s and has recently developed two major health problems. She has significant hearing loss which is not corrected by a hearing aid. She has arthritis in her hip and is on a waiting list for

Paying Full Price

“I never pay full price for anything,” is a popular humble-brag: I am declaring myself a whiz at negotiating, or using the marketplace in my favour. I am saying I have the best research skills or I know all the

Paying Full Price

“I never pay full price for anything,” is a popular humble-brag: I am declaring myself a whiz at negotiating, or using the marketplace in my favour. I am saying I have the best research skills or I know all the

Everyday Ethics

I just finished reading Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, a compilation of New York Times “The Ethicist” columns by Randy Cohen. I was interested for two reasons: I like to look at my own decisions and

Everyday Ethics

I just finished reading Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, a compilation of New York Times “The Ethicist” columns by Randy Cohen. I was interested for two reasons: I like to look at my own decisions and

Tim’s Cups, Candy Wrappers and Poo Bags

On my first visit to London, I quickly spotted a cultural difference between North America and the UK. There is much less of an eat-on-the-run mentality. Where I travelled, there were no drive-throughs for coffee or fast food. Even in

Tim’s Cups, Candy Wrappers and Poo Bags

On my first visit to London, I quickly spotted a cultural difference between North America and the UK. There is much less of an eat-on-the-run mentality. Where I travelled, there were no drive-throughs for coffee or fast food. Even in

Am I Political?

Politics is a bad word and no one says they love politics. Sadly, the word has devolved to imply you love mud-slinging and lies. But loads of people love the run-up to elections, the drama, the rise to power, and

Am I Political?

Politics is a bad word and no one says they love politics. Sadly, the word has devolved to imply you love mud-slinging and lies. But loads of people love the run-up to elections, the drama, the rise to power, and

How to Move to Canada

Since Rom moved here to Canada, we are often asked about the immigration experience. He has been asked by his UK friends, “How can I get into Canada?” Since going through the process, we’ve learned a lot about immigration, and about

How to Move to Canada

Since Rom moved here to Canada, we are often asked about the immigration experience. He has been asked by his UK friends, “How can I get into Canada?” Since going through the process, we’ve learned a lot about immigration, and about

From Paper to Cloth

Grocery bags? Diapers? I have been reducing my use of disposable paper products for a few years, and I would like to chat about it. This post is not suitable for anyone with a phobia about body fluids! First of all, what

From Paper to Cloth

Grocery bags? Diapers? I have been reducing my use of disposable paper products for a few years, and I would like to chat about it. This post is not suitable for anyone with a phobia about body fluids! First of all, what

Sin, Guilt and Damnation

Yes, I am writing this on Good Friday. I was raised in a strict Roman Catholic family. For me, Good Friday will never be just another Friday or just a day off work. It symbolizes the entire weight of my

Sin, Guilt and Damnation

Yes, I am writing this on Good Friday. I was raised in a strict Roman Catholic family. For me, Good Friday will never be just another Friday or just a day off work. It symbolizes the entire weight of my

Am I Optimistic?

You know I am but I will write at length anyway 🙂 Whenever I meet someone I will work with or spend time with, I quickly get a sense of their world view. Are they happy or grumpy? Perky or subdued?

Am I Optimistic?

You know I am but I will write at length anyway 🙂 Whenever I meet someone I will work with or spend time with, I quickly get a sense of their world view. Are they happy or grumpy? Perky or subdued?