Together

"Together", poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Text version: She waved to the trees And said, “Let’s dance together.”   She felt the wind And said, “Let’s play over the ocean together.”   She sang to the birds And said, “Let’s wander the skies together.”   She watched the river And said, “Let’s run together.”   She stood at the mountain’s feet […]

Long love

"Long love", poetry by Roshan James

A long time ago I made myself a promise To settle for nothing less than sublimity Even if every moment of falling in love With the crude beauty of people and places Would render heartbreak inevitable And would require a daily sacrifice To stay open, to stay vulnerable And to learn deeply That the beauty […]

Saying ‘hello’ – it doesn’t hurt

Quill and Curio welcomes Neel Aggarwal as our first-ever guest blogger. Neel is the owner of Aggarwal Financial Solutions Inc. located in Kitchener, Ontario. Neel is in the business of building relationships to help people define short and long-term goals, establish a plan and achieve lifetime financial security. Neel was born and raised here in the […]

Chasing and finding home at TEDxWaterloo 2013

Dr. Alison Lister, CERN presents the standard model of particle physics at TEDxWaterloo 2013

Journeys of the heart, mind and body through space, time and consciousness. Small-town-to-big-city stories, colonies of microbiota living inside us, our brain as our most intimate home – a home moved and inspired by rhythm and working with our hands. What does it cost us to leave home? We nodded our heads and felt pangs […]

Turn off your marketing, or they’ll do it for you

Turn off your marketing, or they’ll do it for you

Across all the business articles and blogs I read last week, I started noticing a crescendo of comments about shifts in online behaviour. A lot of it had to do with people being too busy to read and retain all the information coming at us. Some of it also had to do with businesses manically […]

{Infographic} Opportunity cost of Valentine’s Day chocolate in Canada

It’s the week of the red and pink invasion. Hearts cut from paper doilies, boxes of chocolates, red roses – these are the classic images I conjure at the mention of Valentine’s Day. Depending on your view, V-Day may be a fun time to shower your loved ones with messages of “Be Mine” and “Love […]

Three social media lessons from “The Gambler”

Playing cards fanned out - 10 of diamonds to Ace of diamonds

  “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away and know when to run.” I vividly remember long, family road-trips from Whitby, Ontario down to Chincotegue, Virginia, with my brother and I in the backseat doing our best to imitate KR at the top of […]

Do you have some words to spare?

Send a message of hope and support to the homeless mothers at Marillac Place.

Being a parent is a tough job in so many colourful ways. And it sometimes draws out words that are equally colourful. For instance, when my 2.5 year old daughter decided to run down the street this morning as I was buckling my son into his car seat, I muttered a few choice words. Thankfully, […]

DIY – Upcycled no-sew Christmas stocking

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you’ll notice we’re up to our eyeballs with clothing for Dress Them In Hope in support of Marillac Place. I’ve also been dabbling in some upcycled Christmas crafts…particularly ones that are extremely simple, using very little material, time and effort. It was only a matter of time before […]

3 tips for protecting your kids and your Holiday decorations from each other

DD in playpen beside Christmas tree

Decorating for Christmas and Hanukkah is one of my favourite things to do out of the whole year. I love stringing up garland, tying bows on just about every candle I own, and blowing the dust off my Nutcracker collection. But Holiday decorating also presents extra hazards for little ones who are crawling or toddling […]