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Toronto Police Get New Gear

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 30, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Chris Temelkos Writes About New Police Program – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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By Chris Temelkos

Toronto Police will be getting new gear soon. They will be announcing a one-year evaluation of the BMW R1200RT police motorcycle along with a new uniform today. Deputy Chief Tony Warr will be present, welcoming the new motorcycles and inspecting the uniforms chosen for evaluation.

The Toronto Police Service has gone through a number of motorcycle changes, dating back to 1912. Past motorcycles include Harley Davidson, BMW, Honda, Henderson and Norton, and Triumph.

Toronto Police want to make the public aware of this evaluation, as the motorcycles will be used for general traffic patrol and enforcement duties but are very different from the current motorcycles, as are the uniforms. Be ensured, these are Toronto Police Officers.

Deputy Chief Warr says this new effort is an important way for the Toronto Police Service to stay on top of advancing technology and equipment while allowing officers to do their jobs as safely and efficiently as possible.

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Toronto Police Service

Date Night Movie Review

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Restaurant Reviews, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 30, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Sarina Adamo Does a Review of Date Night – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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There was a Clash of the Titans and Date Night. The two films were vying for the top spot at this weekend’s box office. In the end, the Titans ruled by just under two million dollars.

Despite the poor reviews of Date Night found anywhere I beg to differ. I don’t watch shows like “Saturday Night Live” or “The Office” for a sudden twist in the story or dramatic plot lines – I just want to laugh. Did the movie do that? Yes.

The chemistry between Steve Caroll and Tina Fey was effortlessly funny. It’s unfortunate they weren’t cast together before. They feed off each other, making jokes within the dialogue that is undetectable. So why all the slack?

I get it, the plot was unrealistic and perhaps the script may be forgettable. But was that really the actors’ faults? No. It was the writing. The blooper reel at the end, as well as the comedic style of both actors, proves that most lines were improvised (like when they imitate interesting couples sitting around them during their dinner dates). I believe they breathed life into the script. Throw in cameos from Kristen Wiig, James Franco, Mila Kunis and Ray Liotta and you’ve got yourself a good time and an excellent date night.

Sicilian Holiday

In Beauty, book reviews, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 30, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes a Creative Story about a Sicilian Holiday – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Chris Temelkos

It was the spring of 1955, I was in my last semester of college and only a week away from graduation. I had spent two long years studying broadcast journalism, a career, I realized wasn’t meant for me. I had no idea what I was going to do come graduation and would sit and ponder wondering what was in store for my future.

I’m Johnny, a now 25-year-old man, my decisions took me on the ride of my life and brought me to the woman of my dreams, let me tell you more about it. Only a few years ago, back when I was 22, just after I graduated, I decided I should see the sights, smells and sounds of the world instead of settling into a job I had no particular interest in. Living in a suburban Toronto neighborhood, I never really traveled so I was both excited and nervous at the same time. I had always wanted to go to Italy however, and decided my first destination would be Sicily, little did I know what was in store for me.

As I board the plane that will take me to the beautiful southern Italian province, I wave and kiss my family goodbye and tell them that I will give them a call when I arrive. I fall asleep on the flight and arrive in Sicily by nightfall, as I head towards my hotel I can see it in the distance, It’s architecture is elegant and it overlooks the sea, I now can see why it was so expensive but definitely well worth it. After unpacking my things, I decided to go to sleep so I can enjoy Sicily in the morning.

After waking up from a wonderful sleep, I get dressed and head out to see the sights. I notice a small yet sophisticated cafe and decide to get myself an authentic Italian espresso, on my way in I notice a gorgeous Italian woman sitting and sipping a drink while taking in the fresh air and sunshine. I am not sure how to approach her, I was never really good with women. Being so nervous, I clumsily bump into her table and spill her drink, my cheeks are red with embarrassment and I apologize several times. Surprisingly, she speaks English very well and tells me not to worry. We begin to talk and I find out her name is Sofia and like me, she want’s to travel and see the world because Sicily is all she knows.

Sofia and I start to see each other every day, she shows me the hidden gems of Sicily and we enjoy gelato in the Palazzo. As we begin to fall for each other, Sofia starts becoming distant and more secretive, I am unaware why and curious to find out, thanks to the journalism skills I obtained in college. I begin to keep a close eye on Sofia and find out she lives in an enormous villa overlooking the ocean, I circle the grounds to see if I can find out more and then everything goes black.

I wake up with my back on the ground and two guns pointed at my head, from what I can tell these two men are Mafia foot soldiers, this must be Sofia’s secret, she has connections to the mob. Just as I think this may be my last day on earth, Sofia comes running out persuading the two men to spare me for I am the love of her life. The two men then threaten me to stay away from Sofia, but me and her both know that will not happen, so we arrange to meet late at night.

Sofia explains everything to me, how she is the daughter of a prominent Sicilian Mafia boss and how my life is endangered if we continue to see each other. Sofia realizes that in order for us to be together we must leave Sicily. After much discussion, we decide to take a late flight back to my home in suburban Toronto. Upon arrival, we head to my home, Sofia has little with her as she was unable to retrieve everything without being seen, other than her passport and some other important documents. When we walk in I drop my luggage and we kiss passionately. Here we are now, living together for three years. Who would have thought my brash decision to travel would have brought me in Sofia’s arms.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 29, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Sarah DeMille Writes about a Movie – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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Sarah DeMille

(This is a review of a movie I saw, so there’s no link to where I took the information. It’s all from my own mind)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox is out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Director Wes Anderson’s quirky take on the Roald Dahl children’s classic tells the tale of the former master thief, Mr. Fox, who has traded his risky life for a danger-free job as a newspaper columnist.

Of course, Mr. Fox eventually tires of his day job and returns to his nightly robberies of cruel local farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, who wage war against the Fox clan.

With the help of the other animals, Mr. Fox decides that it’s time to outwit the farmers once and for all.

An offbeat film, but entertaining for the whole family, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a must-see for this weekend.

Geeks

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 29, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Geeks – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Chris Temelkos

Geeks. Often described as socially inept persons with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest. We often understand the theoretical aspects of social inclusion but fail to excel at such. While our fellow man is experiencing the world of dating, relationships, drinking and partying, us geeks can be found hiding behind our computer screens coding. Although we may have never dated or crawled out of bed with a hang over after a hard night of partying, geeks are becoming the new jocks of modern day.

As a geek myself I am pleased to say that at last geeks are making a name for themselves with geeks like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg being the world’s youngest billionaire at only 24-years-old and paving the way to the ever so popular social networking site Facebook, which has become a modern-day phenomenon making Mark one popular guy. Co-founder of Firefox Blake Ross who’s browser hit the net when he was only 19 and a whole slew of young geeks like 24-year-old WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, the 25-year-old co-founder of Blip.tv Mike Hudack and much more who are a making a name for themselves and becoming role models to fellow geeks. Proving that even though we may be socially awkward we can out whit the popular crowd and gain fame and fortune through our geeky minds and personas.

Being a geek should not be looked at in a negative light and with geeks gaining popularity through large-scale success this point is becoming more clear to a growing population but you may ask are geeks in mainstream media helping out the cause and I’d have to say yes. Shows like Beauty and the Geek, a reality series that ran for 5 seasons bringing beauties and geeks together and partnering them up to compete in different challenges shed light on what great people geeks can be and how big a heart they can have, regardless of any quirks or social awkwardness we may have. It also spread the message that you should give geeks a chance and get to know them before you pass judgment. We to have a lot to offer but often don’t get the chance or time of day.

Beauty and the Geek enlightened its viewers and competitors of what it means to be a geek. Next time you meet a geek think twice before you pass judgment because inside we are good people and like anyone else, we have our quirks. We may spend more time in front of our computers then out and about but that doesn’t make us any less human and who knows you may one day be working for one of us, so give us respect and show a geek some love.

Source:

Toronto Life

Hayden-Harnett

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2010 at 10:42 PM

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Cougars

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Cougars – Photo Courtesy of UrbanCougar.com

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By Chris Temelkos

‘THE COUGAR’ DEFINED

According to urbancougar.com, a ‘cougar’ can be defined as a sophisticated, sexy older woman who generally prefers the company of a younger man. She’s a confident woman who has challenged society’s sexual double-standard, knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it.

Some find this term derogatory but many self-professed ‘cougars’ have embraced it and given it a positive meaning which has made it a popular term in our everyday vocabulary.

THE PROS AND CONS TO DATING A ‘COUGAR’

Dating a ‘cougar’ is not for everyone, but to help you make the right decision here are some pros and cons to dating a ‘cougar’. Let me start with the cons of dating a ‘cougar’. When dating a ‘cougar’ you will find many have baggage such as ex-husbands and children, this is certainly not true for all ‘cougars’ but if you plan on dating a ‘cougar’ you must be mature enough to handle it. Even though the older woman, younger man relationship is becoming more accepted in society (especially after the marriage of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher) many still see it as taboo which may cause both you and you’re significant other to be criticized and given dirty looks when out and about.

Aside from the cons, there are many positive aspects to dating an older woman which include the fact that she is well established on all levels. She is confident and knows what she wants which means no mind games or insecurities about the relationship. She is financially secure meaning she is independent and does not need you to pay for everything. She has had plenty of life experiences which have refined her tastes; she is mature and will not cause any drama or petty arguments. Finally, she understands your needs and puts no pressure on the relationship. Take what you will of these and come to your own conclusions.

GETTING YOURSELF A ‘COUGAR’

So you’ve decided you want to date a ‘cougar’. Well here are some tips on where to meet her and how to seal the deal. ‘Cougars’ are everywhere but the best place to find one is in a bar or club (preferably an upper scale one). When you spot a ‘cougar’ try to establish some sort of eye contact with her, once you have accomplished this you will know if she’s interested as she will tend to make the first move and approach you. Once she has initiated a conversation with you, maintain eye contact and keep the topics interesting but not immature. Look out for signs that she is interested, playing with her hair, touching you on the shoulder, or slightly biting her lip are clear signs that she’s into you. Once you have established that she is interested to ask for her number and arrange a first date. You are now one step closer to dating a ‘cougar’.

DATING A ‘COUGAR’

Now that you’ve met a ‘cougar’ it’s time to set up a date with her. The best place to take her on a first date is for dinner or for drinks much like any other first dates. Make sure you are well mannered on your date as older women are much more refined and will not be very pleased to see you have bad table manners. When it comes to who will pay the tab always be the first to offer even though she will more than likely refuse and end up paying for your anyway. If the date goes well make plans for a second date and change things up a bit by trying something more adventurous. If your dating escapades are successful you will officially be in a relationship with a ‘cougar’. Congratulations and best of luck.

Source:

UrbanCougar.com

Spring Allergies

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on April 27, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Megan Harris Writes about Spring Allergies – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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Megan Harris

Spring allergy sufferers hoping for a reprieve will have no luck this year. According to an eCanadaNow report, the spring of 2010 will be worse than ever for pollen allergies.

Usually, pollen allergies start a bit later in April, but this year, it started as early as late March. So far in 2010, the pollen count is estimated at ten times higher than last year, and almost 20 times higher than it was in 2007.

However, Doctor Jim Warpinksi told eCanadaNow that spring allergy sufferers could be finding relief sooner than usual this year. Trees are producing a lot of pollen now at a very fast rate, and there’s a good chance they could stop producing it by late April or early May.

Of course, for many people, there’s no such luck. People with more severe allergies to grass, trees, and other plants that come back to life after the winter may experience symptoms right up until the first autumn frost.

Sources:

http://www.ecanadanow.com/health/2010/04/13/pollen-count-up-this-spring/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/pointofview/2010/03/allergies-how-do-you-cope.html

The Countryside

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 27, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about the Countryside – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Chris Temelkos

I often spend my weekends driving to the country. I take in the fresh air and the beautiful scenery that surrounds me. The countryside provides me with a sense of tranquility and serenity that cannot be found in the bustling city. The sound of horses trotting, cows mooing and roosters cawing is music to my ears, a getaway from the sound of traffic and construction.

I remember my Mother taking me up to the country every weekend. I would spend hours jumping in the hay and feeding the animals vegetables that I had brought with me along the way. When it was time to go I’d throw a fit, not wanting to leave the beauty and simplicity of the countryside. My Mother and I still travel to the country quite frequently, and I still dream of one day living there.

As each day passes, my love for the country grows and I hope to one day raise a family of my own on the countryside and pass my passion for nature and simplicity on to my children. We can only be one with nature if we give back to it, what it gives to us. The countryside has given so much to me, I think it’s time I owe it back.

STROKE OF GENIUS

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

CIL Introduces Quicker, Easier Way to Paint

with Unique All-In-One Paint, Primer, and Tray Combo

Concord, Ontario – April 26, 2010 – CIL Paints has come up with a way to make the painting process even easier. The leading Canadian paint brand has introduced a unique all-in-one paint, primer and tray combination that makes painting projects faster and cleaner.

Called the CILUXTM Quick Roll Container, the product comes in a seven-litre (1.85 gallons) easy-to-carry bucket that doubles as a tray, complete with pre-tinted paint and a built-in raised grid to remove excess paint. Users simply pull off the lid, stir the paint and roll their brush right from the container, without having to pour the paint into a separate tray.

“All you need is a paint roller and the CILUXTM Quick Roll Container provides the rest, it’s that simple,” says Martin Tustin-Fuchs, Marketing Manager for CIL Paints. “With the Quick Roll Container, there’s no wasted paint or risk of spills in transferring the paint to a tray, and besides rinsing the roller after it has been used, there’s no clean-up required.” What’s more, he adds, it offers a one-step application thanks to the product’s advanced built-in primer formulation and, for many applications, only one coat of paint is needed.

The Quick Roll Container is part of the recently-introduced ultra-premium line of interior CILUXTM paints, exclusively available at RONA stores across the country. Featuring 100-percent acrylic latex formulations, CILUXTM paint contains such advanced technologies as Ceramic Microspheres that provide an ultra-tough, wear-resistant coating, and CIL’s Advanced StainBlock protectionTM that provides exceptional washability, helping to maintain a freshly-painted look for years to come.

“CIL is all about making the paint process easier for consumers and the Quick Roll Container is one more example of how we’re doing just that,” Tustin-Fuchs says. “The CILUXTM Quick Roll Container is a foolproof way to make painting faster, simpler and longer lasting.”

Sold in two of CIL’s best-selling colours – Swiss Coffee and Brazil Nut – the Quick Roll Container retails for $59.99 and is available at major RONA stores across the country for a limited time only as of late April.

For more information or to locate a store location near you, visit www.cil.ca or www.rona.ca.

Swipe and go: TTC wants to introduce electronic payments

In Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 26, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Kimberlee Nancekivell Writes about the TTC – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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Kimberlee Nancekivell
Swipe and go: TTC wants to introduce electronic payment

TTC riders can stop worrying about losing those tiny tokens; the commission is introducing a new way to pay.

Following transit systems in cities like New York, TTC wants to implement an electronic payment system. The system would allow riders of the Red Rocket to swipe their credit cards, debit cards, or even their cell phone in lieu of paying by token, ticket, or change.

TTC chairman Adam Giambrone says the new fare collection system would even include a prepaid card that would be convenient for children who may not have a personal card or cell phone to use.
Giambrone also says the new system would be beneficial to the city’s tourism because visitors would be able to use the same payment cards they use back home, skipping the hassle of figuring out where to buy tokens and how to use them.

The initiative is as of yet unfunded, but there will be an information session held on April 15 at City Hall to introduce the idea to the public. Former chairman of the Transportation Council of the Smart Card Alliance, Paul Korczak, will lead the meeting entitled Electronic Fare Payments and the TTC: Lessons from New York.

Source:

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/04/13/13573626.html

Making Social Media Work for You

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 26, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Social Networking – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Chris Temelkos

With the ever-growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, more people are becoming overnight success stories. Social networking can work to your advantage as well. By creating a Facebook, YouTube or Twitter account you are taking your first step to self-promotion and future success.

Social media can help you get the career of your dreams, by letting people know who you are and what your talents and skills happen to be. Teen sensation, Justin Bieber joined the YouTube community and began to upload videos at the age of 12. He was later discovered by Usher and signed to Island Def Jam Recordings at age 13.

There is no limit to what you can accomplish through social media. I feel as though the web is the way to go in modern society, whether it be making new friends, meeting that special someone or finding the next success story, It makes things much simpler and we could all use a little simplicity in our hectic lives. We also have to be careful about what we put on our profiles, or in our videos, the inappropriate material will hinder our success if it is seen by a future employer.

So, keep it appropriate, and don’t stop promoting yourself and your abilities through social media. Who knows, you may be the next Internet sensation.

Source:

http://abcnews.go.com

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Josh Ungar Writes about the Toronto Blue Jays – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Josh Ungar

The Blue Jays kicked off their 2010 season at the Rogers Centre in luxurious style last night. That is if you had big money to burn on a ticket. The regularly scarcely filled Rogers Center was packed to the brim last night, drawing a sell-out crowd of over 45,000 people.

More interesting was the huge number of fans faithfully wearing Blue Jays jerseys walking away from the stadium with looks of disappointment painted on their faces. Fans who were unable to get – or afford, for that matter – a ticket for the game. The box office was sold out months in advance, and scalpers who normally sell off blocks of tickets for a bargain price were taking full advantage of the desperate situation.

“They [the scalpers] were trying to sell me $15 seats in the nosebleeds for $80. They’re making a killing,” said a disappointed Jackson Coffey, who had arrived at the stadium three hours early and was unable to get a ticket.

Others who had planned better-bought tickets months in advance and were laughing at the desperate fans running around trying to find a ticket, and paying nearly five times the face value while they were at it.

Those who were lucky enough to get tickets for the game weren’t disappointed as the game was exciting and went into overtime, where the Jays fell just short, losing 8-7 in the 11th inning. For all those who missed out on a ticket, worry not, the Rogers Centre will go back to its standard crowd of 20,000 starting next game.

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Personal interviews conducted before the game outside the Rogers Centre

Confessions of a Foodie

In Beauty, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Confides about Food – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Chris Temelkos

Growing up in a European household, I was always surrounded by the smells of my Grandmothers cooking. To this day, those wonderful smells still float through the kitchen and throughout the house making my mouth water and stomach grumble, In anticipation of the wonderful food that awaits me.

I am a Foodie, and my passion for food grows with every magnificent bite I take. However, some bites are better than others and like all Foodies, I have my favorite dishes. A dish that will forever remain my favorite, is my Grandmother’s Cabbage Rolls. With just there mere mention, I can taste the rich homemade tomato sauce running smoothly down my throat, the delicate cabbage leaves and juicy pork and beef bursting with flavors from a bouquet of spices exploding in my mouth.

It doesn’t stop there, another favorite of mine is an amazing Casserole my Grandma whips up, topped with mountains of cheese. Macaroni and fresh bell peppers are the main ingredients, but the burst of spices like, cumin and fresh ground pepper are what make this dish pop. This is comfort food at its finest.

My list of favorites will continue to grow as I experience new cuisines, but before I make you any hungrier, I’ll leave you with this thought. Next time you take a bite of your favorite food, savour the moment and take in all the flavors. It will taste that much better.

Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 24, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Josef Jacobson Writes about Maple Leaf Hockey – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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The NHL regular season is over and one team will be watching the playoffs from the bleachers again.
For the fifth straight year, since the lockout of 2004-2005, the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the golf course early.

And if finishing in 29th place and missing the playoffs wasn’t enough, the Maple Leafs also owe the Boston Bruins their draft pick, which will turn out to be Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, both of whom are expected to become stars in the NHL.

If there is any consolation for the Maple Leafs, it is that major changes are expected this summer.

General Manager Brian Burke has already moved many mediocre players since taking over the team, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

It’s already expected that Burke will try to trade star defenseman Tomas Kaberle for a prospect and a pick.

Some of the young Leafs players showed signs of promise this year, but there are still many issues that must be addressed.

Until then, the best thing for Leafs fans is to enjoy the playoffs and eagerly await Burke’s dealings this summer.

For the past 43 years, Leafs fans have been chanting the same mantra: There’s always next year.

Source:

www.mapleleafs.com

Shake, Rattle and Roll

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 24, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Rockabilly – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Chris Temelkos

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to grow up in the 1940s and 1950s? What if I told you those rocking decades are still kicking around today? There are many people around the world who live the Rockabilly lifestyle. Yes, I said lifestyle, from the dress to cars, to music and beyond. The typical Rockabilly can be seen sporting a vintage haircut such as a Pompadour for men and Victory Rolls for women, along with a set of stylish clothing that screams out, blast from the past.

Rockabilly started with Elvis, it is a mix of country, which used to be called Hillbilly music and Rock and Roll, hence Rockabilly. There are even social networking sites dedicated to this lifestyle, where users can network, exchange fashion advice and even schedule events that promote the lifestyle. One of these popular annual events is Viva Las Vegas, where fans of the lifestyle flock yearly in Las Vegas to participate in vintage car shows, Burlesque competitions, concerts and much more.

I love vintage myself and am glad that it is still popular in modern day society. Keeping the Rockabilly culture alive is like keeping a piece of history alive and I hope it continues to grow and gain in popularity.

Source:

www.PinupLifestyle.com

Golf with Mickelson

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 23, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Billy Courtice Writes about Phil Mickelson – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Billy Courtice - April 23, 2010

Billy Courtice
13 April 2010

MASTERS-MICKELSON

World’s No. 2 golfer Phil Mickelson will add a third Masters title to his resume after winning his third green jacket at Augusta Sunday. Mickelson fended off third-round leader Lee Westwood with a bogey-free 67 in the final round, finishing the tournament at 16 under-par. His score was the lowest four-round total at the Masters in nine years.

The event was the first tournament Mickelson’s wife Amy attended since being diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. After capping his round with a birdie on the 18th green, Mickelson and his wife shared a long embrace, before he signed his final round score. With the win, Mickelson has been a champion of four major tournaments, including Masters victories in 2004, 2006, and now 2010, and a PGA championship victory in 2005.

Mickelson’s victory came in an event that was heavily focused on the return of World’s No. 1 Tiger Woods, who played his first event since being engaged in a sex scandal that began last November. Woods, a four-time Masters champion, finished in a tie for fourth place this year.

Source:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=224&articleid=20100411_224_0_AUGUST585712&rss_lnk=2

Balkan Beatz

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 23, 2010 at 3:00 AM


By Chris Temelkos

As a child, I remember my Grandmother turning on the radio and playing music from all over the Balkans. I also remember falling in love with it, the sounds of trumpets, clarinets, accordions, and drums filling the room with happiness and excitement. As I got older, my love for Balkan music grew and it remains my favourite to this day.

Balkan music is much more complex than you may think, there are a variety of genres within it, other than the traditional folk songs. My favorite genres of Balkan music are Turbo Folk (In Serbia), Manele (In Romania) and Chalga (In Bulgaria), they all happen to be the same style of music but in a different language, hence the vast names for this genre. This genre combines modern music and music from the Orient, with traditional Balkan sounds like trumpets and clarinets. I also happen to enjoy Pop-Folk, which combines Pop and traditional Balkan folk music to create a wonderful melody.

Balkan music is a very large part of my culture and it brings the Balkans to wherever it is I may be. I am very grateful that my Grandmother introduced me to this style of music, and I hope to one day bring the same love for it to my children.

Hayden-Harnett Sale

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on April 22, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Hayden-Harnett - April 22, 2010

U.S.A. and Russia

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 22, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Alina Smirnova Writes about U.S.A. and Russia – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alina Smirnova - April 22, 2010

By Alina Smirnova

U.S. President Barack Obama warns of rising nuclear terrorist attack.

At a summit in Washington, Obama told world leaders the risk of a nuclear attack is increasing.

He urged world leaders to act, and not just talk, in order to prevent the acquisition of the weapons by the wrong hands, BBC reports.

Forty-seven nations are present at the summit, excluding representatives from North Korea and Iran, who were not invited because of disputes over their nuclear programs, BBC reports.

Obama said that by the end of the summit, there will be concrete action plans to make the world safer.

Convincing nations of the dangers won’t be a challenge, the Globe and Mail report, but convincing leaders to open their secret and sensitive sites to outside scrutiny so that all materials could be tracked will be harder.

The summit will end on April 13 and is part of Obama’s ambitious goal to make the world free of nuclear weapons, one that he admits he may not see within his lifetime.

According to the Globe and Mail, the immediate goals are tracking, accounting for and repossessing warhead-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium.

Before the beginning of the summit, Canada and Ukraine both pledged to eliminate their stockpiles of enriched uranium, which could be used in the construction of a weapon.

Last week, U.S. and Russia signed a treaty to reduce the number of their nuclear weapons by a third.

Sources:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8618066.stm

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/obamas-ambitious-nuclear-fight-gets-a-boost-with-early-summit-pledges/article1532307/

A Tale of Two Cats

In Beauty, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on April 22, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about His Cat Adoption – Photo Courtesy of Chris Temelkos

Chris Temelkos - April 22, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

It was about eight years ago that I walked into a local PetSmart with my Mom. As we walked through the sliding doors, to our left was a small adoption center housing a local cat rescue. At first glance we noticed a handsome, laid back cat who’s kennel card read Bogart, It was love at first sight and we had to have him.

When we took Bogart home, he was very shy and hid in a quiet corner for most of the day. After several days, Bogart began to warm up to everyone in the household and is the sweetest snuggle puss till this day, he is now nine years old. Wanting to get Bogart a companion, I decided to adopt another cat from a local animal shelter less than two years ago. As I walked through the shelter I came across the sweetest kitten taking a nap in the corner of his cage, I opened the cage and he rolled over for me to rub his belly and that’s when I knew he was the one.

To my surprise, Bogart was not very thrilled with the new kitten. He became quite grumpy and often hissed and growled at the kitten we named Mickey. Over a month had passed and the two finally warmed up to each other, now they are the best of friends, often cuddling together and grooming each other.

I could have not asked for anything more, Bogart and Mickey have brought so much joy to my life. I chose to adopt versus buy my cats because shelters and rescues are filled with millions of homeless cats and dogs looking for a new lease on life, by giving these animals a second chance we also decrease the demand for puppy mills, which breed animals unethically, in horrible conditions and contribute to the pet overpopulation which leads to homeless animals. Next time you decide to make a new addition to your family adopt never buy.

Check Out My Interview on Live Out Loud

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Robin Marvel and Donna Kakonge Have an Inspiring Chat on Live Out Loud – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Live Out Loud - April 21, 2010

Hello everyone!

Please check out my interview at the following link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/robin-marvel. It’s the one from April 20th. All of it is accurate except the fact I’m going to be in a play. I’m better at what I have more experience with. It was true at the time of the broadcast. Enjoy the interview all the same.

Be Wary of Charity Scams

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 21, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Sarina Adamo Writes about Charity Scams – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - April 21, 2010

SCAMMING CHARITIES
Online Piece #10
Sarina Adamo

The RCMP are warning all Canadians to be wary when donating to charities – they could be swindling you.

As those are feeling the urge to donate to Haiti relief efforts, many fraud artists have emerged to take advantage of these generous few.

Before contributing to a cause consider the following:
– Ask for written information about the organization like its name, address and telephone number
– Find out how your donation will be used
– Ask for proof of your donation to use for tax deduction purposes
– Ask for the registered charitable tax number of the charity
– Confirm the charity is registered by calling Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384
– Ask the solicitor for identification, if he or she cannot provide one do not continue talking with them. Immediately report the incident to law enforcement officials
– Double check the name of the charity as some fraudulent charities use names very similar to reputable organizations
– Be suspicious of those who thank you for a pledge you do not recall making

To report any incidences contact your local police force. You may also file a complaint by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Source:

Email Press Release
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CHARITY SCAMS AND WHERE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT‏
From: 43division@www.torontopolice.on.ca

Cinnamon – A Spice of Life

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on April 21, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Alice Hoang Writes about Cinnamon – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 21, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online piece #9

Cinnamon is an all-year-round spice – whether you enjoy it through your sense of taste or sense of smell.

In Western society, cinnamon is commonly used in baking, but in many parts of the world, it’s used in various dishes.

Although cinnamon is used for garnish and flavour, it also provides health benefits.

“It’s emerging as a true wonder food in terms of health protection,” said Ann Kulze, a physician in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

While cinnamon has been used for digestive ailments like indigestion, gas and bloating, stomach upset and diarrhea in traditional medicine, studies are being done on its role in lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

Insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control can be improved by taking half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day, as having good insulin resistance can help with weight control and decrease risk for heart disease.

The spice can also lower triglycerides, blood pressure, and HDL cholesterol.

As cinnamon contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants with insulin-like effects, it creates healthy arteries and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, Kulze said.

Cinnamon also has an energizing smell that helps increase alertness as it improves brain function. Researchers found subjects did better on memory and attention tasks when inhaling the spice’s scent, compared to other odors or no odor.

Cinnamon sticks can be stored from two to three years, while cinnamon powder tends to lose its flavour after six months.

Ways to include cinnamon in your diet include sprinkling it on toast, coffee, yogurt, cottage cheese or ricotta.

Sources:

http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/top_10_superfoods_goji_berries_cinnamon_turmeric_and_more.php

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/cinnamonbenefit.htm

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/the-benefits-of-cinnamon

Holistic Medicine versus Traditional Medicine

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 21, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Holistic Medicine – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - April 21, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

There has been an ongoing debate regarding the use of holistic medicine over modern medicine. Holistic medicine is gaining in popularity due to its natural approach to curing ailments and illnesses, it involves using a variety of natural substances to prevent, treat and cure health problems with little to no side effects. Modern medicine, as we all know, relies heavily on scientific advancements and technology, sometimes leaving us with horrible side effects.

Whether you choose to take a holistic approach or not is solely based on your personal opinion and unique needs. I feel that a holistic approach is an amazing alternative, after all, nature has been providing us with all sorts of remedies since the beginning of time. I have tried both forms of medicine for allergies, cold prevention, etc. and I feel that the holistic products worked great for me and eliminated the side effects we often experience when taking such medication (like drowsiness). Long before modern breakthroughs in the medical world took place, we relied heavily on what we had around us, and many small villages around the world still do rely heavily on natural remedies till this day.

If you are curious to find out whether a holistic approach is for you, it’s a good idea to contact a Naturopathic Doctor who can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Source:

http://www.cand.ca

Hayden-Harnett Sale – Pass it On

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Hayden-Harnett - April 20, 2010

UrbanEdge Yoga

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Religion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 20, 2010 at 5:00 AM

UrbanEdge Yoga - April 20, 2010

Dear Friends,

We gear up this week to celebrate Earth Day -2010 @ Krishna Fest this Sunday, April 25th. Please join us for Earth Day Special presentation, kirtan, and delicious treats. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/470/earth-day-2/

Coming soon is walk and picnic time with Bhakti Marga Swami. We call all our Urban Pilgrims to join Bhakti Marga Swami on May 1st for a walk through the ravines. Check details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/939/an-urban-pilgrims-walk-with-bhakti-marga-swami/

We also have the great honor of welcoming a traveling Monk BB Bhagvat Swami at our centre for an exciting presentation on Sunday May 9th. It is a chance to hear about ‘Overcoming Loneliness’ within our hearts. Check details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/938/alone-with-mr-lonely-krishna-fest-special-speaker-bhakti-bb-swami/

Don’t forget to check out our annual Yoga Lifestyle Festival – InSpirit Jun1-12 at www.UrbanEdgeYoga.com for an amazing list of events with Devamrita Swami who is visiting us from New Zealand.

• 1st: Mystic powers. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/881/
• 2nd: Karma Index. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/891/
• 3rd: Yoga of food. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/890/
• 5th: Kirtan Konnection. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/921/
• 8th: Mantra Meditation. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/892/
• 11th: Yoga psychology. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/922/
• 12th: Deep green yoga. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/893/

Events for the week of April 19th:

* Mon 19th, Mantra meditation workshops – Begin your week humming to meditative tunes, soothing mantras and hymns of love. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/968/kirtan-konnection-mantra-meditation-workshops-2/

* Tue 20th, Yoga basics: Join us for an evening of yoga asana practice and mantra meditation. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/973/yoga-basics-and-meditation-3/

* Wed 21st, Releasing fear and embracing love: The basic principle of the living condition is that we have a general propensity to love someone. Join us to find out more about love and fear. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/986/releasing-fear-embracing-love-3/

* Thu 22nd, Vegan Cooking Classes – Asian Vegan Cuisine: There is an art to cooking these delights. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/963/vegan-cooking-classes-asian-cuisines-2/

* Fri 23rd, Understanding Intelligence – The subject of ‘intelligence’ intrigues everyone and together we will study the subject matter of Intelligence through the lens of ancient yoga philosophy. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/982/understanding-intelligence-iq-eq-sq-and-beyond-3/

Check April’s calendar at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/current-events/

Delicious vegan dinner will be awaiting you at all of our events!

*** Quote of the week: False ego is thus the illusory combination within our minds of the self and the body, which are actually two separate objects. (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami).

Regards,
Mangal-arti

My Career Chose Me

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on April 20, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Career Choices – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - April 20,2010

By Chris Temelkos

We have all been in the position where we are unsure of what we want to pursue ‘career-wise.’ Yes, there are those whose childhood dreams turn into reality and those who have known what they have wanted to do ever since they began to walk.

However, most of us are not that lucky and find ourselves struggling to meet goals that are not very concrete, but what happens when a career chooses you and not vice versa? Well, that happened to me. As a child, I always dreamed of being a Veterinarian and my passion for animals continues to this day, as I got older I realized that my poor math abilities were not going to get me into such a career, and so a dream was shattered. As the years went on I had not discovered any other careers that piqued my interest; I thought all hope was lost. With the growing popularity of The Food Network during High School, I thought it would be fun to become a celebrity Chef, and so a new journey began, with me applying to the Culinary Management program at George Brown College. I was initially excited when I was accepted into the program, that all changed when the program began. It was the real-life version of “Hell’s Kitchen” and after only a month and a half, I wanted out. Once I had left the program, I decided to head back to High School to figure things out.

It didn’t end there, I ended up in University studying Communications when I decided it wasn’t for me and left only two years in. My last stop brought me to Broadcast Journalism where I thought my love for acting would come into play, and boy was I wrong. Even so, I completed the program and here I am writing this article. I was never the greatest at English, nor did I ever take any writing classes but throughout my college career, I had been told I was very good at it. Who would have thought that all the twists and turns would have led me to write and what a perfect medium to communicate all of my career confusion?

Life Lessons Learned from “The Dog Whisperer.”

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Pets, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 19, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Chris Temelkos Writes about “The Dog Whisperer” – Photo Courtesy of Ceasarway.com

Chris Temelkos - April 19, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Being an animal lover, I enjoy animal-related programming on TV. One of my favorite shows is “The Dog Whisperer” with Cesar Milan. For those of you who are not familiar with the series, Cesar is followed to households across America rehabilitating troubled canines and educating their owners.

Not only can we learn to help our dogs through Cesar, we can also learn some very important life lessons from “The Dog Whisperer” himself. When watching the series, Cesar often brings up the fact that dogs live in the present and do not dwell on the past or anticipate the future. As human beings, we should adopt such a model of being, so that past experiences do not prevent us from moving forward and the future does not instill anxiety or fear in us. Cesar also teaches us that the energy we project is the energy we get back. According to Cesar, it is important to stay calm and assertive, by being in such a state our minds and bodies are relaxed and emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, and anxiety are no longer present, preventing negative energy from being projected back on to us. Changing our state of mind and energy cannot only help our canine companions but also change our way of life for the better, thanks to Cesar Milan, “The Dog Whisperer.”

Source:

http://www.cesarsway.com

Hayden-Harnett Earth Day Special

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 19, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Hayden-Harnett - April 19, 2010

Upcoming CRTC Decisions

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Upcoming CRTC Decisions - April 19, 2010

Upcoming CRTC decisions and regulatory policies

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies
in the coming week. This list may not be complete and is subject to change
without notice.

Week: 19 to 23 April 2010

Broadcasting decisions:
Application by Glassbox Television Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-461.htm#11
for a broadcasting licence to operate a national Category 2 specialty service to
be known as AUX TV, and for authority to allow the service to be made available
for distribution in high definition format until the end of the licence term

Decisions relating to the applications listed below, considered by the
Commission during the nonappearing phase of the 22 February 2010 public
hearing:

Newcap Inc.
Application number 2009-1220-6 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-803.htm#15

Toronto Maple Leafs Network Ltd.
Application number 2009-1482-1 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-803.htm#9

Astral Broadcasting Group Inc.
Application numbers 2009-1364-1, http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-803.htm#5
2009-1365-9, http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-803.htm#6
and 2009-1366-7 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-803.htm#7

Telecom decision:

CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee – Improving access to emergency
services for people with hearing and speech disabilities
File number: 8665-C12-200807943 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8665/c12_200807943.htm

More of Hayden-Harnett

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Hayden-Harnett - April 18, 2010

More Hayden-Harnett!

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Hayden-Harnett - April 11, 2010

UrbanEdge Yoga

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 16, 2010 at 4:15 AM

UrbanEdge Yoga - April 16, 2010

Dear Friends,

Announcing the launch of our annual Yoga Lifestyle Festival – InSpirit Jun1-12. Check out http://www.UrbanEdgeYoga.com for an amazing list of events with Devamrita Swami who is visiting us from New Zealand.

1st: Mystic powers. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/881/
2nd: Karma Index. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/891/
3rd: Yoga of food. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/890/
5th: Kirtan Konnection. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/921/
8th: Mantra Meditation. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/892/
11th: Yoga psychology. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/922/
12th: Deep green yoga. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/893/

Coming soon is walk and picnic time with Bhakti Marga Swami. We call all our Urban Pilgrims to join Bhakti Marga Swami on May 1st for a walk through the ravines. Check details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/939/an-urban-pilgrims-walk-with-bhakti-marga-swami/

We also have the great honor of welcoming a traveling Monk BB Bhagvat Swami at our centre for an exciting presentation on Sunday, May 9th. It is a chance to hear about ‘Overcoming Loneliness’ within our hearts. Check details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/938/alone-with-mr-lonely-krishna-fest-special-speaker-bhakti-bb-swami/

Events for the week of April 12th:
* Mon 12th, Mantra meditation workshops – Begin your week humming to meditative tunes, soothing mantras, and hymns of love. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/968/kirtan-konnection-mantra-meditation-workshops-2/
* Tue 13th, Yoga basics: Join us for an evening of yoga asana practice and mantra meditation. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/972/yoga-basics-and-meditation-2/
* Wed 14th, Releasing fear and embracing love: the basic principle of the living condition is that we have a general propensity to love someone. Join us to find out more about love and fear. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/985/releasing-fear-embracing-love-2/
* Thu 15th, Vegan Cooking Classes – Asian Cuisine: There is an art to cooking these delights. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/965/vegan-cooking-classes-asian-cuisines-4/
* Fri 16th, Understanding Intelligence @ 6.30 PM – The subject of ‘intelligence’ intrigues everyone and together we will study the subject matter of Intelligence through the lens of ancient yoga philosophy. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/981/understanding-intelligence-iq-eq-sq-and-beyond-2/

Check April’s calendar at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/current-events/

Delicious vegan dinner will be awaiting you at all of our events!
*** Quote of the week: False ego means accepting this body as oneself. When one understands that he is not his body and is spirit soul, he comes to his real ego. (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami).

Regards,
Mangal-arti

Inadequacy

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 15, 2010 at 9:17 AM

G.J. McRae Writes about Football – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

G.J. McRae - April 15, 2010

By GJ McRae

Teams are looking to build a season powerhouse for the golden ring with potential pro-bowlers and hall of Famers. Here is a look at the team needs, one through ten.

1. St Louis

Coach Spagnuolo came from the Giants with a defensive mind and struggled with the Rams. He now wants to add points to help that defense. Look for them to take a high impact player or trade for one with their first pick. They may work with what they have at the QB position.

2. Detroit

The motor city needs a piston, and their new line production struggled on offense last season. Many needs could be met but QB is not one of them. Stafford was a mental leader. Developing an offense would allow Stafford to control the clock. A guard would help the Offensive line. There is quality available early.

3. Tampa Bay

Tampa is looking to punish defenses with two power runners in the backfield. They are looking to open the field. So taking a wideout that can blossom early with sure hands is a no-brainer.

4. Washington

Front office moves will allow wiggle room for roster changes and camp invites, Shanahan will use this pick creating a horse line for his thoroughbred runners and quarterback protection for short route passing. Look for a quick lineman who can stomp the A gaps for big runs.

5. Kansas City

How the west was won with a 3-4 defense and the Chiefs will build on that picking a linebacker or tackle allowing there strong secondary to be utilized for good field position on offense.

6. Seattle

With two picks what direction is Carrol going? Does he want a quick offense and is he looking for a halfback or a guard to open some holes and move the ball, adding to the offense grabbing a speed route WR?

7. Cleveland

Looking to rock that 3-4 front with a strong nose tackle or linebacker. They are really looking for a hard hitter and cement block to stop the ball allowing the offense some good field for clock and rock.

8. Oakland

The Raiders did some spring cleaning and want to stack the shelves with some speed at linebacker, tackle, and cornerback. A lot of quarterback pressure will help the secondary earn their keep.

9. Buffalo

They are solid with this slot if a quarterback is available who can be a fast learner and is able to read the defense opposed to him. They are solid with this pick more movement will help them keep strides in the AFC East.

10. Jacksonville

Defense is a priority for Del Rios Amigos who have a tendency to run flat on offense but if they can get teams stalled early they can improve there win total for a playoff run. Taking some speed on the defensive line.

As a nation, what are the top ten needs that government should address? If you could list them what would they be? I welcome your input and feelings. This is your America, and you are the general manager. The white house has taken their top picks to the house and is going down the list for a fulfillment of change. Over four years our needs will become greater, and we need to get a franchise legislation.

Brent Tyson Profile

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Writing (all kinds) on April 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Alice Hoang Does a Profile on Brent Tyson – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 14, 2010

What does playing the guitar and putting out fires have in common?

The emptiness of the community centre’s main hall reverberates with the sound of guitars and laughter, as I walk in to see four people sitting on chairs, forming a circle.

Among the group is Brent Tyson, an 18-year-old musician and aspiring fire fighter, who chose his career out of the joy of helping others.

“Keep your hand there, use your ring finger;” Tyson said to a student as he moved his chair closer to her and guided her hand. “Push down harder.”

Tyson, who is a guitar instructor at Curran Hall Community Centre, has been playing the guitar for four years.

“Getting to teach what I love to do, passing on knowledge of such a wonderful instrument,” said Tyson about what he enjoys most about his job.

He first learned how to play in grade 10 and continues to teach himself, as he also plays the drums and would like to learn how to play the piano.

His compassion and “easy-going” nature are qualities that make him a great teacher, said one of his students.

“He’s fun, he has a lot of energy, and likes to be creative,” said Synthiya Vikneswaralingam, an assistant manager at Curran Hall. “He shows movie clips to the kids and lets them do their own versions of songs.”

She also describes him as “different” from other instructors she’s worked with, saying he’s his students can relate to him, while he’s on the same level them, treating them as his equals.

He also encourages his students to sing while playing their guitars, as he teaches current songs that the kids like, she said.

When I told her I’m trying to get different people’s perspective on him, she chuckled and said anyone would describe him as “silly and goofy”.

His sense of humour is inspired by Jim Carey, who is his idol and role model, and whose movie “Dumb and Dumber” is among his favourite films.

Tyson tells the students to close their eyes, as he plays a few chords.

With a humorous attitude, he used the song, “Colours of the wind”, as an analogy for exercising specific senses to become more familiar with the music.

“I’m going to strum and you’re going to tell me what chord I’m playing,” Tyson said. “You have to train your ears, like Pocahontas.”

While he is a teacher, he also learns from his students, as they exchange ideas and one of them showed him how to play a song a certain way.

He listens to rock and old-school reggae, while his favourite bands are The Goo Goo Dolls and the Beatles.
Although he has an upbeat and lively persona, he also has his down time to get words on a page, as he usually writes in his basement because it’s quiet and no one is around, he said.

Having a passion for music and the arts, Tyson is also a singer-songwriter, having written six songs with the theme of love, while some are more cheerful than others, he said.

His older sister, Melanie Tyson, describes him as “charismatic, humorous, and diligent”, and said he hasn’t always been out-going, but rather shy and quiet.

“We have our sibling moments of frustrations, but I think we’re pretty close,” she said about their relationship. “We chill and watch movies together. He is very helpful, a very sweet brother.

Although he is now studying at Seneca College to become a firefighter, his sister said he had other ambitions when he was younger.

“When Brent was a kid he wanted to grow up to be a Ninja,” his sister said, laughing. “In high school, he was into photography and then fell in love with acting and guitar.”

His dream career had always been acting but said he realized acting is based on “much more than just talent”, so it became unreliable and he decided to pursue firefighting.

“Helping people and making people happy is why I want to become a firefighter,” Tyson said.

Somewhere down the road, he said he dreams of living in a nice home with a family and children, as well as three dogs.

“I hope that I am a firefighter 10 years from now,” Tyson said. “I will work my hardest for that dream to come true for me and my family.”

New Area Code for 905 Region

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Upcoming CRTC Decisions - April 19, 2010

CRTC to add the third area code to Ontario’s rapidly growing 905 regions OTTAWA-GATINEAU, April 13, 2010 —The Canadian Radio-television andTelecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced a new area code to manage the telephone number shortage that will affect the region currently covered by area codes 289 and 905.

This is the first time that a third area code has been added to a region in Canada. Starting March 25, 2013, new telephone numbers assigned in the region may be given the area code 365. Existing customers will keep their current area code and phone numbers. These measures are being implemented in response to the Canadian NumberingAdministrator’s warning that the region is expected to run out of telephone numbers by March 2014. Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-213 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-213.htm The CRTC The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Susan McConkey Profile

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Alice Hoang Does a Profile on Susan McConkey – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 13, 2010

By Alice Hoang

Being a designer and having an eye for art and fashion, “she knows what looks good,” says Michael McConkey about his wife.

With the innate ability of designing, 51-year-old Susan McConkey’s, skills and talent are a great asset when it comes to home décor and renovations, as she knows what colours to choose and what furniture to buy, said Michael McConkey.

“I would always make [pillows and duvet covers] – I never buy it because I can never find anything I like. I have a picture in my mind, so I have to make it,” said Susan McConkey with a chuckle.

Her walls are painted dark blue while her rugs are a rust colour, as she likes the “bold” and “dramatic” look.

Susan McConkey, who has worked as a designer for 11 years, currently works at Kats Design where she designs costumes for performers including dancers, rhythmic gymnasts, and figure skaters.

She always designed for fun throughout her teenage years, while she took a home economics class in high school. She then went to design school for eight years before she began her career as a designer.
Her husband said she would listen to music that customers provide her and from there, her creative juices would flow.

“She knows what she wants,” Michael said. “It’s quite unusual. She’s someone who you just tell her something and let her listen to music and she makes something – it’s a gift.”

If someone is doing a skating routine, they’ll give her the song they’re using and a rough idea of what they want, he said.

“You just have to use your imagination,” Susan McConkey said. “You have to have an understanding of fashion history and what people are looking for.”

Her co-worker, Kim La, who does the sewing, said she admires her knack for matching fabrics and appliqués, and the precision that is put into designing costumes.

“The American costumes she makes for solo performers are very nice,” La said. “I like the ones with a lot of detail – like the ones with seaweed designs.”

She has various sketches that haven’t been used, which are organized into different binders.

“A lot of times I’d show people two sketches and they’d pick one, and the other one goes into the sketchbook,” Susan McConkey said. “I’ll go through there and see if there’s anything I can use or change to update it or make it more suitable for a theme.”

Susan McConkey said a design can sometimes take her minutes to do, while other times it may take hours.

She enjoys designing rhythmic suits best, as more work is put into them because they require lot of detail,

“The rhythmic ones I would colour in because there are so many pieces – up to 200,” McConkey said. “So when it goes from me to the pattern maker, they have to be able to look at the picture and know where the patterns are going, where the fabrics are going.”

She has also designed her own outfits for special occasions, including bridesmaid dresses.

“If I’m going to a wedding or anything, I’ll do a design,” Susan McConkey said. “I have a girl I know who would do the pattern, and I know someone else who would do the sewing at home for me.”

“I’d make things for her ever since she was little up to when she was graduating. I made her prom dress,” Susan McConkey said.

Although her specialty is designing, she knows how to do everything “from start to finish” in the production of a costume.

She said in design school you learn everything and then see what you’re best at.

“They’ll decide if they’re better at pattern-making than drawing or sewing,” Susan McConkey said. “It depends. Everyone finds their niches by the end of the course.”

While she inherited her talent for drawing from her dad, she said her mom “can’t even sew a button on or draw a stick figure”, although she seems to have passed down her talent to her son, whom she describes as “a very good artist”.

“I think it’s something that’s built into your [genetic] make-up because when I was little, all I wanted to do was draw or sew,” said Susan McConkey.

Moksha hot yoga

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Alice Hoang Writes about Moksha Hot Yoga – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 11, 2010

By Alice Hoang

The serene and tranquil environment of Moksha Yoga Scarborough’s studio sets the tone
to replenish the mind, body, and soul.

I took off my shoes and walked into the sitting room as I heard nothing but the sound of water trickling down from the fish tank beside a vase of white lilies.

As I stood in the hallway I could hear the instructor’s vigorous voice from inside, though I had to strain my ears to hear the words through the door, which was covered with a black curtain.
“Reach forward and back—accentuate your torso—bring your belly button in—inhale, lengthen, exhale twist.”

As hot yoga allows you to sweat to make stretching easier and to detoxify your skin, blood, and muscles, it can also serve as a spiritual cleansing.
Moksha hot yoga contributes to your overall well-being, as it improves the major systems of your body, increasing health and vitality, according to http://www.mokshayoga.ca. – these upper two paragraphs is what is known as the nutgraf

While it differs from other types of yoga in that you exercise every muscle you have, especially the core, by working through your torso, it can be a physical, emotional, or psychological experience with benefits that are limitless, yoga instructor Sabrina Kalemkiarian, 27, said.

“Your practise will take you anywhere you let it take you,” says Kalemkiarian. “If you’re looking for just a workout and that’s all you ever want—that’s totally fine—that’s what you’ll get. If you’re looking to relax, that’s what you’ll get as well. But if you’re looking for something to make you a better you, then yoga can also help you access that.”

Abigail Crisostomo, who has been practicing yoga for six months, convinced her husband to try it.

“I tried going to the gym—I hated it. I don’t like lifting weights. I got bored and I quit,” said Crisostomo, with a blasé attitude and quirky smile. “So now I’m making him do what I want to do.”
The studio etiquette and guidelines state that there are no cell phones, keys, or bags allowed in the room, while “silence must be observed and practised at all times.”

The instructor lets me see the heated room before the next class began, as no one is permitted in after that so that the energy is not disrupted. I walked into the dim room that looked like it was lit by candlelight, as students set up their yoga mats on the hardwood floor in front of a wall that’s entirely mirrored.

The room is 40 C, which is accountable for why students walk to the change room with damp hair and pink cheeks.

Jennifer Pett, 28, a yoga student, said that her very first class was “brutal,” as she couldn’t handle the heat and had to leave the room and that it feels great when she “hits that cool air.”
Now that she is able to enjoy it, her favourite part is the series of balancing exercises.

“My balance isn’t that great, so if I can hold that posture in the heat, I feel I’ve
accomplished something,” Pett said. “I also enjoy [doing] the pigeon poses because I can feel the effort I put out during the class. [It] stretches out your hips and your rear muscles which are worked on during class. To feel that stretch after all that work is very rewarding.”

Kalemkiarian, who has been teaching yoga for six months, tries to practice yoga once a day or at least three times a week.

She said that although she usually just tries to focus on breathing and challenging herself and taking the pose to the next level, yoga can take you to places that you didn’t even expect or want, as she had experienced along with other students.

“During a certain posture, there would be this huge emotional release where you would just start crying,” Kalemkiarian said.

She added that her entire being has changed since she’s practised yoga.

“I feel stronger, more confident, more relaxed. I’m nicer to everyone, [including] myself.”

Hayden-Harnett is Back!

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Hayden-Harnett - April 2, 2010

Overcoming Fear and Paralysis That Can Derail Promising Careers

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Harvey Deutschendorf - April 10, 2010

By Harvey Deutschendorf

At the end of the unit meeting, Jeremy once again felt very frustrated.

Janice and Alan had once again taken up the majority of the time, talking about things which he felt were trivial and inconsequential. It seemed to him that every little thing that they did they had to embellish it so that it would look like it was some huge accomplishment. Jeremy, on the other hand, did have some success which merited attention. Over the last couple of months, he had thought up and launched a couple of major initiatives which were quite successful. He was complimented by business partners outside of the organization for his initiative and ability to carry through with difficult tasks. However, within the small division of his corporate organization, Jeremy watched in frustration as people who seemed to do little but make a lot of noise got all the attention. What especially grated on him was the fact that whenever his manager was away, Janice and Alan were asked to take turns covering. Jeremy was never asked.

Not only did Jeremy see himself as more talented and capable, he had a master’s degree compared to Janice and Alan who had college diplomas. The real problem was that Jeremy was in an almost constant state of fear in his workplace. He was afraid of being the centre of attention and standing out in the crowd. Since his youth, he had struggled with shyness and felt uncomfortable in groups. This allowed others with less skill and ability to be promoted ahead of him. Sure enough, within a short time, Jeremy watched with dismay as Janice applied for and was accepted for a supervisory position in another part of the organization.

The company brought in an emotional intelligence (EI) expert to do a presentation and all the staff was invited to have their EI assessed. The results were confidential, between the expert and staff. Jeremy agreed to do the assessment and found it to be an eye-opening, transformational experience. He found that even though he was very high in most areas of the assessment, his assertiveness scores were well below average. He began to see the EI expert for coaching on how to overcome his fears and become more assertive. They came up with a two-part plan to help Jeremy overcome his fear of groups and improve his relationship building skills.

To overcome his fears of being the centre of attention Jeremy immediately joined a Toastmasters group where he was forced to speak in front of groups of people. This supportive environment gradually helped him overcome his fears and he became more comfortable speaking up in the unit and other meetings. With the help of his coach, Jeremy set goals for every unit meeting. The day before the meetings he wrote down a list of things he wanted to get across. He told himself that regardless of how uncomfortable he felt with taking the time to go through his agenda, he would not give up his time before he said exactly what he had intended to. It was difficult at first. He almost felt a sense of panic but managed to take a few deep breaths and continue on until he said exactly what he wanted to. That night he went out to celebrate the victory with his fiancé.

Even though the word in the company was that Jeremy was a dedicated and competent employee, nobody knew much about him as he was so quiet and private. Management was nervous about promoting someone who appeared to them to be secretive, wondering if he had something to hide. Jeremy came up with a plan to change that. He noticed that his coworkers like Janice and Alan spent a lot of time chatting with the manager. Jeremy forced himself to approach the manager and his direct supervisor at least three times per week and only talk about personal matters. This was part two of the plan, relationship building. When his superiors told him something about their personal lives, such as favorite holiday places, or names of pets, he went into his office and made notes on a pad he kept in the bottom drawer just for this purpose. This gave Jeremy something to ask them about in future conversations. Prior to this, he made little attempt to engage co-workers, often working alone when they went for coffee. Eventually, they stopped asking him. He now began to join them regularly and initiate personal conversations. At first, he found that they seemed to be suspicious of him as it was unusual behavior, but over time he began to sense that he was being accepted and began to feel that he was one of them. While he was still aware of fear and anxiety at times, it never overwhelmed him as it had in the past. It now served as a wake-up call for him, letting him know there was something he needed to look after.

Within a year, Jeremy applied for a higher level position within headquarters office of the organization. He practiced mock interviewing with his coach until he was confident that he would be able to fully speak in a manner that drew attention to all of his skills and abilities. He got the job and later learned from his new manager that his previous manager had commented on what a great team player Jeremy had become. He remembers the sweet sound of those words. They were the sounds of success.

Submitted by Harvey Deutschendorf, author of THE OTHER KIND OF SMART, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success, published by American Management Association of New York. Harvey resides in Edmonton, Alberta. CANADA
http://www.theotherkindofsmart.com harvey.eiguy@shaw.ca
780-757-5949

Does Your Boss Have Empathy?

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Harvey Deutschendorf Writes about Empathy at Work – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Harvey Deutchendorf - April 9, 2010

By Harvey Deutschendorf

Fiona was Corrie’s manager at a branch of a large financial institution that had branches across the U.S. Europe and Asia.

They had recently come up with a new process that Fiona was hoping that the organization would adopt throughout their operations. As Corrie was instrumental in developing the process and was a recognized expert in her branch on the topic, Fiona decided she would be the natural choice to present to the annual meeting of the U.S. division. While Corrie was very knowledgeable, she was somewhat of an introvert and not comfortable speaking to large numbers of people. The annual meeting would have up to 400 employees from various levels from all across the country. She meets with Fiona and discusses her concerns and anxieties concerning the presentation with her.
Corrie: “I’m not really good with talking to a lot of people. I get really nervous and have trouble concentrating on what I have to say. I wish someone else could do the presentation.” Below are 3 examples of how Fiona could have responded, indicating 3 levels of empathy:

Response 1
Fiona: “You’ll do fine. There’s nothing to it. You know this stuff better than anyone else around here.”
In this response, Fiona showed a complete lack of empathy. She failed to even acknowledge Corrie’s anxiety over the presentation which would be the first basic step towards working towards a solution with her. Instead, she dismissed Corrie’s feelings entirely leaving Corrie even more anxious and feeling completely unsupported and misunderstood.

Response 2
Fiona: “Lots of people have a fear of public speaking. I used to until I went to Toastmasters. Now I’m okay, even though I get a little nervous. There’s nothing wrong with being a little nervous. You know your stuff well, so you’ll be okay. “
In the second response, Fiona at least acknowledged Corrie’s anxiety. She did not address it, however, only speaking about it in general terms and talking about her own experience. She did not invite Corrie to help her look for ways to lessen her anxiety. As a result of Corrie still feels that her concerns were not taken seriously and addressed in a caring manner.

Scenario 3
Fiona: “Sounds like you are feeling really stressed over the thought of having to do this presentation.”
Corrie: “Yeah, I get knots in my stomach and tongue tied when I have to talk in front of a group of people.”
Fiona: I remember feeling like that up to a couple of years ago whenever I had to present something. Since I started going to Toastmasters a couple I’ve been able to lose a lot of my anxiety, although I still get a bit nervous. Have you ever considered going to something like toastmaster? It really helped me.”
Corrie: “I probably should. I’ve heard good things about it. A friend of mine has been with them for 5 years and always wants to take me as a guest. This presentation is only a couple of weeks away and toastmaster won’t help me this time.”
Fiona: “Is there anything I or anybody else on the team could do to help. Would it help if you did a trial run at our unit meeting this Thursday? You don’t have any problems talking to our group and it might help you feel more confident. If you want I can set up a meeting with Garret in communications. I hear that he has some good exercises that you could work on that might take off some of that anxiety load that you’re carrying. If you want more practice I can talk to the folks in unit C about practicing your presentation at their unit meeting next Thursday. You know all of them pretty well and the more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll become. That’s the way it’s always worked for me anyways.”
Corrie: “Sure, I’ll give it a try. Maybe once I’ve done it a few times in front of people I know I’ll feel better.”

In this instance, Fiona showed good empathic listening skills. She responded directly in a caring manner that indicated that she understood where Corrie was coming from. Corrie felt that she was heard, understood and cared about. Having been in Corrie’s shoes, she used this to build trust and understanding towards working towards a solution that they both could live with. She explored with Corrie some ideas that she had that might help her get the fear monkey off her back, or at least lighten his weight. It would have been better if Fiona had let Corrie come up with her own solutions to her anxiety. In this case, Fiona felt that Corrie’s anxiety would limit anything she could come up with on her own. Besides, time was running out and they did not have the luxury of a long-term plan. Overall it was a great example of the effective use of empathy. Chances are Corrie will become more confident and will do a good job in the presentation. She knows she had the support of her boss and coworkers and her relationship with Fiona has become stronger. If things go well, she will come away feeling more self-confident. She may also feel grateful to Fiona for believing in her enough to not take the easy way out and give the presentation to one of her coworkers.

Submitted by Harvey Deutschendorf, author of THE OTHER KIND OF SMART, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success, published by American Management Association of New York. Harvey resides in Edmonton, Alberta. CANADA
http://www.theotherkindofsmart.com
780-757-5949
harvey.eiguy@shaw.ca

A Very Practical Book on Emotional Intelligence

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A Book Review of Harvey Deutschendorf\’s Views on Emotional Intelligence

Harvey Deutchendorf - April 8, 2010

By Harvey Deutschendorf

I’ve been a devoted follower of EI research since the mid-nineties.

I’ve used many of the concepts, frameworks, and findings in my books [The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success, Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success, and Growing @ the Speed of Change: Your Inspir-actional How-To Guide For Leading Yourself and Others through Constant Change] and workshops. I finally received a published copy of Harvey’s great new book. As Harvey was writing this book a few years ago he sent me an outline and sample chapter and asked for a “cover quote” endorsement. It looked very strong so I gladly gave him one.

Now that I have the finished book, I wish I could rewrite that quote into something much more enthusiastic. This book is outstanding. I’ve read dozens of books on the important and evolving new field of Emotional Intelligence (EI). The Other Kind of Smart is well (smartly) written in a conversational style that’s extremely easy to read. It’s also laid out in an easy to browse style. It’s full of contemporary and classical quotations and comments on elements of EI. And best of all; it’s filled with how-to, practical techniques to help readers boost fifteen key EI skills such as self-awareness, healthy relationships, stress tolerance, impulse control, optimism, and social responsibility.

As Harvey writes, “Success is not a quantum leap. It is the accumulation of small changes resulting from perseverance, self-discipline, and learning to get the most from your emotional intelligence…unlike the cognitive function, your emotional capabilities are flexible, adaptable, and highly expandable.”

The Weaker Sex

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Sarina Adamo - April 8, 2010

The Weaker Sex
Sarina Adamo

I live with two older brothers and my father, their testosterone overpowers the household. When they get sick, I go running not because I don’t want to catch their germs but because the men in my house are, for lack of a better word, babies.

Thankfully, scientists at Cambridge University proved my pain by finding that females have stronger immune systems than men. It’s not a wonder since women can endure pregnancies, periods, menopause and many times, osteoporosis.

Historically, men have been hunters and gatherers by nature, whereas women have been the nurturers. Men have been more susceptible to infections and diseases while women took care of them. That’s fine, but we’re no longer in the cavemen times. Women have fought for equality while men have teased women for being the weaker sex. We’ve conquered!

I personally believe that men aren’t really as sick as they feel. It is simply a way out of doing household chores and an excuse to be cared for, fed and babied until they get their own way.
So food for thought for you men: we don’t mind you being sick, we’ll take care of you as long as you admit defeat and proclaim we’re stronger.

Sources:

Metro Newspaper
Also, online at thestar.com

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