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  • Quest for Calmness in the Digital Age

    Meditation is a means of transforming the mind through techniques to develop deep concentration, positivity, clarity, and calmness. There are many meditation practices and traditions, and most offer a means of understanding the habits and patterns of the mind and cultivating new, more focused states of being. In our fast-paced world, the quest for calmness is a growing one and the

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    Technology Fatigue is Real

    I have technology fatigue. “Oh no,” I think, sighing, “here we go again…” It’s not the first time I’ve been through this. In recent years, I’ve suffered from Facebook fatigue, Twitter fatigue, smartphone fatigue, and even back in the day, email fatigue. In fact, I’m far enough along this journey that I can remember when the phone rang off the hook and drove me

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    Do We Have the Right to be Forgotten?

    When we were researching our recent book, Digital Legacy Plan (Self-Counsel Press 2019), co-author Angela Crocker and I asked people what they wanted done with their digital assets and online identities after their deaths. While some wanted their profiles preserved or memorialized, and most wanted tangible assets bequeathed in some way, many people we talked to said that their preference

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    Digital Brain Candy

    Early September and time to enjoy the last of warm afternoons and get back into routines of work and school. Let me offer you a round-up of some of my favourite online brain candy to help get you through the transition. These are podcasts, blogs or vlogs that both entertain and enlighten. New to the podcast scene is SPiEL. SPiEL is hosted by Joanna Baxter and Dayna Mahannah, Vancouver

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    Changing Landscapes

    As I write this, I am gazing at the view over my new balcony. Masts of sailboats bob on sparkling blue water and behind them the treeline of the forests of Newcastle Island spikes the sky. Turning to look the other way, into the living space of this high-ceilinged seaside penthouse apartment and out the sweeping windows that frame it, I have a close-up view of two tall and

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    The Heft of a Good Book

    My husband and I are downsizing and we’re spending the early days of summer sorting and sifting through two decades of household goods. We’re both writers and we have a vast collection of books. We’ve slowed down on new book purchases as we navigate this transition, and I have become extremely grateful for the Kindle app, allowing me to continue to ‘collect’ books in digital

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    Everyday Happiness

    I believe happy idleness is a pathway to a purposeful life. In North America, particularly, we have come to reject idleness, and yet it is in the pauses between our seemingly urgent tasks and activities that we find our deepest contentment. The everyday happiness philosophy suggests that it is life’s ordinary moments, small victories, and day-to-day joys that provide an infinite source of

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    Yellow is for Hello

    I recently had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of Social Media Camp. The annual conference, held in Victoria B.C., is Canada’s largest social media event. Marking a decade as a leader in the digital and social media space made this particular year uniquely special. It was a reflective conference, with speakers and attendees looking back over a “decade of disruption,” as

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    A Billion Dead on Facebook

    How comfortable are you with the idea that what you post online, stays online? Do you get more or less comfortable with the idea when you consider that what you post today can potentially last well beyond your natural lifespan and into the future forming a kind of digital archeology? Here’s a staggering thought: 100 years from now there will be a billion dead people on Facebook. You may

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    Cooperation and Partnership

    Writing a book is hard work, requiring strong research, organization, and composition skills. Co-authoring a book is hard work halved, but requires the additional skills of cooperation and partnership. My recently released book, Digital Legacy Plan, A Guide to the Personal and Practical Elements of Your Digital Life Before You Die, was released by Self-Counsel Press in March and co-authored

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