Archive for Self-improvement

My Happiness Project

My Happiness Project

I went to see a documentary last Friday night, The Happy Film, with my friends Alison and Bea. When we got to the cinema there was a long line-up and a sign at the entrance that the film was sold out. Disappointed, I suggested that…

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Why You Should Read Brietbart

Why You Should Read Brietbart

Every available surface in my house is draped with magazines, newspapers and books. If you look on my kitchen table, you will see The Toronto Star and the New York Times dissected into its sections and strewn from one end to the other. Walk over…

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Burning the Midnight Oil in St. Martin (Professional Development Week)

Burning the Midnight Oil in St. Martin (Professional Development Week)

“Does Sue actually do any work?” It’s a legitimate question so I don’t blame you for thinking it. Two weeks ago, I was in England and now I’m in St. Martin. Lest you think I’ve joined the jet set crowd it’s not like that. I…

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My Advice to Three Western Frosh

My Advice to Three Western Frosh

Jake started graduate school this fall at Western. This was the same university where John and I met as grad students in the 1980s. I offered to drive him to his new apartment in London, which is a few blocks from where John and I…

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Till The Cows Come Home

Till The Cows Come Home

Just in case you think I’m just a pretty face who only writes about touchy-feely topics, I will have you know that I have two short pieces in the current issue of This magazine. This is celebrating its 50th anniversary in print this year, and…

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My Head Start

My Head Start

Let’s do a small visualization exercise. Close your eyes.   When you hear someone described as “a talented emerging writer,” what do you see?   I see a 20-something woman, five years out of J-school. She has subtle purple streaks in her asymmetrically-cut dark hair,…

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Down the Writing Rabbit Hole—And Back Up Again

Down the Writing Rabbit Hole—And Back Up Again

“The most comforting words to hear at university are: “I haven’t started either’” my son Micah reassured me. He’s in second year at Queen’s and I was whining to him about feeling like a panicked undergrad, and that a few of my classmates in my…

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Crate Chef Ray O’Shane Makes Patties A Destination

Crate Chef Ray O’Shane Makes Patties A Destination

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts, you know that I’m taking a magazine writing course at Ryerson. John has started to call me “Summer” because I’m so keen it’s become obnoxious (if you don’t get the reference, see video below from the…

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