Chronicles of a Misadventurista

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As the sun sets on the final day of 2015, I’ve been quietly reflecting on a year that can only be described as an emotional roller coaster. When I was a kid, I loved roller coasters with an unholy glee. For me, nothing beat that adrenaline-pumping, terror-inducing, breathtaking thrill of being thrown for a loop on the squeaky tracks of a man-made monster. About six months after my eldest daughter was born, I… Read More

Today, I have had one word on my mind: Freedom. One word, so many definitions. So many feelings it evokes. So many types of freedom. Our most celebrated is political freedom. As Canadians, we live in a country that has been free for so long that our freedom seldom registers in our consciousness. It just is. There are times when the gravitas of our freedom teases the edges of our consciousness, mostly when… Read More

Life’s most meaningful journeys are less about where you’re travelling to, but why, with whom – and sometimes, for whom. Before I tell the incredible story that explains why eight intrepid travellers came to Africa on a journey of the heart, I need to tell you about an incomparable woman named Sharyn Mandel so that you understand, a little, the person behind our shared purpose. This video from our charitable partner imagine1day tells a piece… Read More

For the past few years, I’ve been swimming against the crushing current of time that’s been sweeping me swiftly and inevitably towards my fortieth birthday. Why do we fear 40? Some psychologists say it’s because entering middle age is fraught with the same tensions — the same existential drama — as entering adolescence. It matters little to most of us that Sex and the City defied convention and posited that 40-something women can be as sexy and fabulous as… Read More

How many calories are in toothpaste? I still don’t know the answer to that question, but asking it is what made me realize that I had a problem. As I brushed my teeth that afternoon, what seems like a lifetime ago, I wondered how long I would have to work out to burn off that toothpaste. Fifteen minutes? Half an hour? You’ve already done two hours of cardio today, warned a voice… Read More

The concept of a “good death” means different things to different generations. Ages past, it may have meant dying on the battlefield, or while working the fields of your land. In the not-so-distant past, it meant living long enough to glimpse immortality in the eyes of your grandchildren. Modern generations have put so much value on life that we have eschewed the concept of a good death in favour of painful life-extending… Read More