Archive for July 2009

Job Security, New Urbanism and Competing Communities

If we’ve learned anything from this global economic collapse it’s that the traditional indicators of security that we’ve grown accustomed to in many families-job for life, endless supply of cheap fuel, iron clad home equity values–are fleeting notions, at best. But is that a bad thing? If you have to move due to a new

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When the Virtual Connection Goes Local

Well I am pumped in a big way! I just met some wonderful new/old friends and my business focus just got a little sharper.  Let me explain… For about 2 years I’ve belonged to a pretty active and engaged women’s small business networking group that has among its membership some of the most successful and

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Obama Pushes Better Parenting, Education for America’s Future

I’ve just finished listening to President Barack Obama’s address at the NAACP’s 100th anniversary convention in New York. The address was delivered on July 16 and once again I have to thank YouTube for helping so many more of us to get the message from folks who really have something to say. President Obama’s message,

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Backyard Garden Could Turn you Into An Eco-Farmer

There’s a new wave of farming out there called SPIN–small plot intensive farming–and according to major newspapers it is growing in cities across North America. New urbanism has generated a lot of attention around the notions of “buying local” and working locally in order to cut harmful emissions caused by transportation vehicles.  Was it then

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The Community Garden Concept

Our neighborhood has homes situated on lots that are perfectly suitable for decent gardens.  That’s why I was surprised at the popularity of the community garden. I actually can’t confidently say I knew there was one. But yesterday my son spent his second visit there with a dear friend of our family who kindly invited

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Supporting New Urbanism and the Question of Moving

So let’s say you live in one of those cul-de-sacs that are such a no-no in the new urbanism movement. Does that mean you have to consider moving to practice what you preach as a new urbanism convert? Of course not. While a McMansion on a cul-de-sac doesn’t appeal to me anyhow, personally I would

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Toronto Celebrates Shakespeare in the Park…and Canada Day

It has been over a decade since we last visited the Canadian Stage Company’s “Dream in High Park.”  High Park has long  been a favourite summer location for Torontonians so the combination of a beautiful park setting and outdoor theatre at twilight was the ideal choice for our family’s Canada Day festivities this year. Normally

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Business Advice: The ONE Thing You Should Focus On

By Lynn Terry The question is: What are you going to do? You could: Write a book or an ebook;  promote affiliate programs via PPC;  sell products on eBay; create & optimize content-rich sites in niche markets; build an empire of mini-sites; become a public speaker; be a web designer, copywriter or VA. That list

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