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Blog contests, memes, interviews, photography hunts, random facts… Let’s connect, share some blogging fun and some little snippets of life.

The Price of Fame

Graffiti at Chapters, Ottawa, August 2013

This blog is a great way to meet people, to fuel my passion for writing and photography, to show what I do to prospective clients, to network, etc. And it’s always rewarding to see the readership grow. But it has downsides as well. Earlier this month, I received an email from Site5, my hosting company, claiming that my resource usage was too high to stay on a shared server plan. Read More »

The Not-So-Great Topbox

TopBox Package

A good year after the trend picked (apparently I am not an early adopter!) I decided to try one of the many “subscription box” services. Why not? I love receiving mail and if the envelope can contain samples rather than another letter from my bank pressing me to apply for a credit card, I’m all for it. Read More »

A River Runs Through It: Why the Seine is the Beating Heart of Paris

The Seine, Paris, 2008

What makes a city some­thing spe­cial is open to indi­vid­ual tastes. But, for me at least, an excep­tional city is one which has a clear focal point – some­where you can always find your way to and from if you get lost. Now this could be a man-made mon­u­ment like a cen­tral square or per­haps a hill with a sweep­ing panorama. But, of course, there could be sev­eral of either of these within one city. What I like to find is a wide thor­ough­fare going straight through the mid­dle – one that links the dif­fer­ent dis­tricts, and their ways of life, one ... Read More »

The Gems of New England: Three Postcard-Worthy Vermont Inns

Lud­low, Ver­mont, is a New Eng­land trea­sure. Packed with idyl­lic cov­ered bridges, hid­den water­falls and moun­tain­ous ter­rain, this small town and its sur­round­ing regions offer a per­fect lit­tle peek at the state’s scenic won­ders. Look­ing for the best place to hang your hat while you enjoy the coun­try­side? We’ve got a few ideas. Okemo Moun­tain Resort The Details: Golf retreats, ski adven­tures, leaf-peeping tours: If you can imag­ine it, you can do it at Okemo. This expan­sive loca­tion offers slope-side lodg­ing, two cham­pi­onship golf courses and a vari­ety of spa and fit­ness ser­vices. The win­ter ameni­ties are espe­cially thrilling — ski­ing, ... Read More »

Picture of the Week: Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam in Ottawa, June 2013

Despite being a fairly large city plagued with the usual issues associated with any urban environment, Ottawa is home to a variety of wildlife. For instance, in our suburban neighbourhood, a fifteen-minute drive from Parliament Hill, we have plenty of rabbits, squirrels, skunks, turtles (!) and many beautiful bird species. Read More »