March 31, 2020

Speaking in Toronto last fall, best-selling author and New Yorker essayist Jia Tolentino, offered this insight into her craft: "I try to write to not waste people's time."

It got me thinking about applying this spirit of economy to blogging and thought leadership: about...

March 12, 2020

In the winter of 2017, as the #metoo movement was gathering steam, I had the privilege of interviewing the late Canadian business journalist, Anne Kingston, for a national women's magazine. The topic: would our newfound sense of sisterhood survive the 9-to-5? Amid deca...

June 14, 2019

Why are California lawmakers conferring with Jessica Biel about vaccination legislation? What rational reason would anyone have for expecting Jessica Alba to know which sunscreen is safest for baby? Why would we look to Gwyneth Paltrow to assess the medical benefits of...

May 28, 2019

Ever notice how some people glide through life with the greatest of ease? They know how to work the room, and even their small talk seems big. Their secret? A curiosity mindset. While curiosity is a known predictor of intelligence, creativity and success, it is also th...

October 31, 2017

An 8 year-old goes Halloween shopping at Party City, takes offence that the store sells First Nations costumes, and asks her mother if she can write a letter of complaint to the management. Mom suggests social media as a more direct way to shine light on the issue, and...

October 22, 2017

In Margaret Atwood’s Canadian classic Bodily Harm, Rennie is a lifestyle journalist who writes about trends that don’t exist to see if she can make them exist by writing about them. She’ll do an article on ‘drain-chain’ jewellery then snicker every time she sees a woma...

October 20, 2017

In writing an article on modern spirituality for Fashion Magazine, I interviewed Robert Ohotto, a Colorado-based intuitive life strategist who advises clients from around the world on everything from ridding their lives of emotional vampires to timing the sale of their...

January 11, 2017

After a transatlantic flight and semi-conscious train ride into the city, my first teenaged memory of Paris is collapsing into a cab – followed by a sinking feeling as the driver contemplates the address provided by my mother. Non, he has never heard of such...

December 30, 2016

As someone who has spent her adult life avoiding the accumulation of clothes I don’t wear and stuff I don’t use, I read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up with a sage smile. Her two-step KonMari Method involves discarding items that do not ‘spark joy’...

September 25, 2016

Paraded down the tarmac after a transatlantic flight, three-year old Prince George was in no mood for high fives, low fives or handshakes of any kind. Unable to negotiate basic contact, Canada's telegenic prime minister, for once, found himself on the wrong side of the...

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