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Hay Bale to the Head: A lesson in work-life balance

We’ve all heard the expression “I’m completely buried with work.” Of course, it’s usually meant figuratively. But there was this one time when I got to witness the literal application of this old adage. As a teenager my younger brother … Continue reading

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And it’s not even diarrhea!: Taking time off when you’re sick

Guest post by Becky Martin (Chiayi, Taiwan) In my adult live, with the exception of diarrhea, I have never taken a day off work due to illness. I’m not saying I’ve never been sick; I just never call in sick. … Continue reading

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Mean, Mean Marge: Encouraging children to follow their dreams

Guest post by Bryna Jones (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Growing up, I wasn’t particularly athletic. Early failure in Phys. Ed. class (yes, I was the girl who was always picked last for the team) brought on a chronic fear of team … Continue reading

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Peeing in a cup at a Gambian airport: Character building

Guest post by Alex Sancton (Toronto, Ontario) This past summer I spent four months in West Africa doing a few different side projects for World Vision. My first two months were in Sierra Leone, a great experience and real introduction … Continue reading

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Wolf in the Woods: Knowledge is power… and responsibility

My eyes snapped open as I heard the low and menacing growl nearby. Even with my eyes as wide as they were, I couldn’t see much. It was late and our campfire was out. Though engulfed in darkness I could … Continue reading

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Hot tubs, High kicks and Back flips: What babies can teach us about materialism

Guest Post by Darryl Cox (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) This past holiday season was my first as a parent. My wife and I were very excited at the thought of seeing our 11 month old daughter, Gwenyth, on Christmas morning with … Continue reading

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Bed in a Barn: Keep your fires stoked

Each year on Boxing Day my Mom’s side of the family gets together in Port Albert, Ontario. It’s a festive celebration that tends to involve too many boxes of wine and occasionally getting shot in the back of the head … Continue reading

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