When The World Stops

When the world stops, 
How do we go on? 
When everything changes, 
What remains? 

In the stillness of a halted city, 
Amid the bombardment of the news, 
Adrift in enforced solitude, 
What do we have? 

Cotton clouds and blue skies. 
Spring rustling through awakening trees. 
The chatter of returning birds. 
The smile of a loved one. 
The laughter of a child. 
Music to keep us company as we stare out the window at an empty street. 

We have what we've always had, 
Each other. 

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Do The Right Thing

As much as we might wish it so, we are not living in a Hollywood blockbuster. Will Smith isn’t coming to our rescue in a stolen alien spaceship.

No, we’re going to have to rescue ourselves.

We’re going to have to step up, do the right thing, be responsible.

Scary thought, isn’t it?

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Annie, Get Your Gun

While most of us are hunkering down, glued to the news or binge watching Netflix and Amazon Prime, trying not to get each other sick by practicing social distance and self-isolation, some of us are out there, braving the virus to protect our family.

How?

By buying guns and stocking up on ammunition. Makes sense, right? Shoot a bullet, kill a germ. Isn’t that what the experts at CDC are advising?

Gun stores are reporting a surge in sales and lines around the block.

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Sorry, my mistake. This people aren’t arming themselves against the virus. They’re arming themselves against each other.

Ed Turner of Ed’s Public Safety in Stockbridge, Georgia attributes his increase in sales to Covid-19. “This is panic. This is ‘I won’t be able to protect my family from the hordes and the walking dead.'”

Asian Americans, worried about being blamed for the Coronavirus, are arming themselves. I’d like to say their fears are unfounded, but they’ve got televisions. They’ve heard the President speak.

Canadian gun and ammunition sales are also up, but that’s mostly due to the fact that 90% of the ammunition sold in Canada comes from the U.S. and hunters and target shooters here are concerned that the increased demand south of the border means a decrease in supply north of it.

It’s an ill wind…

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Better Than Real

Tired of dragging your ass luggage through airports? Schedule too full to hop across the pond for a meeting? Rather stay home than take that six hour drive to Montreal?

I hear you, and so does ARHT Media. The Toronto company’s got your back—and the technology to make your life easier.

In a Sci-Fi swirl of lights, ARHT can beam you to your meeting, conference, or convention, in the form of a hologram.

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Life-sized, this almost three-dimensional version of you looks slightly translucent, but the sound is crisp, clear with none of the digital hiccups that plague teleconferencing. Is the hologram as effective as you would be?

Better.

ARHT’s clients were surprised to find the impact of presenting as a hologram is, “actually greater than if they were there live.”

“I can do a trip to Singapore in two hours instead of four days…that’s compelling,” says one client.

It’s hard to argue with a bit of wizardry that saves your sanity, your wallet, and the environment. Not to mention the OMG, how-cool-is-that factor.

Now, if I can just get my hands on a self-driving car…

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

I thought writing was easy, until I tried to do it. From that first kernel of an idea to the last page of proofreading, it’s a struggle.

If you want anyone to read what you’ve written, there are yet more hurdles to jump. Whether you go the self-publishing route or the traditional one, people have to find your book before they can read it.

Let’s say you’ve written an amazing book, you’ve got it on Amazon. Home free, right? You can sit back, watch the money roll into your bank account, ink a movie deal?

Okay, maybe Netflix won’t be calling you, but you can quit your day job, right?

Not so fast.

  • 50% of all authors are poor, earning less than the poverty level.
  • 80% of all authors earn less than what most people would consider a living wage.
  • Self-published authors earn 80% less than traditional published authors.
  • 2018 saw the release of 1.68 million self-published titles.
  • Statistics taken from an Authors Guild report based on American data.

In the entire history of the written word, it has never been easier to write and publish a book, or harder to make a living at it.

If I was twenty-one, just out of university, these statistics might make me rethink a writing career, but I’m not. Rather than depress the hell out of me, these numbers make me feel better about my not-so-stellar career as a self-publishing author.

1.68 million titles in 2018? The fact that I sold any books at all is a freaking miracle!

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Latte Art

Not all art stands the test of time; some art isn’t meant to. Ice sculptures, sand castles, and chocolate rabbits come to mind. Why invest creativity and talent into an art form that is ephemeral?

Butterflies only live for a month. Does that make them any less beautiful?

More fleeting than a sidewalk chalk design, Latte Art only exists until that first sip.

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Despite its frighteningly short lifespan, Latte Art attracts some true artists. Brian Leonard, a Toronto barista originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick has carved a career out of food colouring and steamed milk.

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Latte Art is a tricky business, imagine speed painting on a surface that melts. For Brian, “It’s all about creating that one moment of almost near perfection.”

Unfortunately, you won’t find Brian at Starbucks, but he can be tracked down at baristabrian.com.

To the small pleasures in life—L’Chaim!

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