Sitting beside Lonely

Walking along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

As social and outgoing as I can be, I have often carried with me an acute sense of being alone. Some years it has felt stronger than others, some days it feels stronger than others. Whether in a relationship or not, whether in a large group or spending time with another person. No matter how […]

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 […]

Chance

"Chance," poetry by Roshan James

It’s only a miss If we’re remiss In taking the chance Left in front of us By the benevolent forces That strum the harp And pluck the strings Into reverberation Producing notes of harmony Written on the waves Of sound, coursing Away from the source Rushing to whisper A word of caution cast aside Fetter-free […]

The give and take of “No”

The give and take of "No" - Quill and Curio blog

“No” is a healthy part of our vocabulary. It helps to define boundaries, set expectations, and protect a person from unsolicited words or actions. “No” is often heard around our house to help the kids understand what is and isn’t acceptable. “No, Norah, you shouldn’t do headstands on the couch,” or “No, Theo, please don’t […]

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 […]

Showing up

I really love my drive to work and my morning ritual of puttering along country roads to my closest Starbucks drive-thru on the periphery of Waterloo – venti, dark roast, three sugars. It’s not the healthiest breakfast (fitness friends, was that a sigh of judgment?), but this is a pick-me-up as I start my day […]

Find your “inside out” by asking “why?”

How would you like it if your brain was turned inside out? What about your life? Would you feel uncomfortable? Liberated? Scared? Awesome? All of the above? When I have a conversation with someone who is able to open my mind, reach in and expose my limbic system, I take notice. Understatement. I believe with […]

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 […]

Your elevator speech: pitch-perfect with practice

How do you deliver a great elevator speech? Practice!

In my worst nightmare, I’m running as hard as I can, but not actually getting anywhere. When I wake up, I’m usually sweating and I feel frustrated, perhaps a little scared, too. This is how I feel when somebody asks me for my elevator speech. I involuntarily react in one of two ways when it […]

The augmented reality of Cloak and Curio

Layar instructions for Cloak and Curio augmented reality AR

** Note to readers – As of May 2013 we’ve unpublished the AR media for this project since we went through a full redesign of the Cloak and Curio website. We will be re-publishing our AR with the updated site information by July 2013. ** Sounds a bit like “cloak and dagger” meets “sci fi,” […]