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Blue is the warmest color

Have you seen Blue is the Warmest Colour yet? I saw it last month with a friend  and I was blown away by the delicate depth of the storytelling!  I think it’s such a riveting story about love that is told so truthfully it hurts.  The movie was based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh  which I didn’t know until I came home from watching the film and obsessively Googled the project (couldn’t help myself). While Googling, I came across this wonderful quote by Maroh: “…you asked me if i believed in eternal love. Love is something way too abstract and indefinable. It depends on what we perceive and what we experience. If we don’t exist, it doesn’t exist. And we change so much; love must change as well. Love catches fire, it trespasses, it breaks, we break, it comes back to life… we come back to life. Love may not be eternal, but it can make us eternal. Beyond death, the love that we shared continues to live.” –  Blue is the Warmest Color,  …

The Fine Art of Coffee Portraiture

Well, I for one adore coffee… not a day goes by that I don’t indulge in a cup or two three. Mike Breach, a barista extraordinaire, uses coffee as his preferred medium, painting everything – and everyone — into his lattes. I love the idea that these little works of art are made for the sole enjoyment of the drinker, and then gone in mere seconds. I think I want one! What do you think? Don’t forget to check out Mike’s tumblr blog here. S.

Hal, the 97-Year-Old pixel painter

Check out this wonderful and touching documentary short directed by Josh Bogdan and Ryan Lasko about Lasko’s grandfather, Hal Lasko, a 97-year-old who uses Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 to create artwork that has been described as, “a collision of pointillism and 8-Bit art.”  Hal who is legally blind can take up to two years to complete one project, “If it takes me two years to do that, I can spend it. I’ve got a lot of patience, that’s what you really need anyways” PS: My favourite part is when Hal goes to FedEx Kinko’s to get his painting “out of the computer”. Enjoy! S. (source: via

Paul Simon: The Obvious Child

I’m accustomed to a smooth ride Or maybe I’m a dog who’s lost it’s bite I don’t expect to be treated like a fool no more I don’t expect to sleep through the night Some people say a lie’s a lie’s a lie But I say why Why deny the obvious child? Why deny the obvious child? And in remembering a road sign I am remembering a girl when I was young And we said these songs are true These days are ours These tears are free And hey The cross is in the ballpark The cross is in the ballpark    

30 is not the new 20

Yes, you read the title right. I’m with you though, until I saw this TED Talk by Meg Jay, 30 is not the new 20, I too took comfort in the notion of delayed adulthood. In fact, these days, although I’m 30, I feel more like I’m 25. True story: I was out in public recently and someone asked me my age and without thinking I blurted out, “25!” (who does that?!?). When you live in a big city like I do, where it’s deemed acceptable and even perferred to stretch out your youthful years, it seemed surprising to both myself and my friends when I, along with my ex, bought our first home at the ripe age of 26. I had a lot of schooling and employment experience behind me and I felt like I was much, much older than I really was — but the truth was, I wasn’t very happy. These days, although my life looks different than my much mature late 20’s, (I’m single, I rent a cute apartment and I ride my …

What makes us happy?

For me it’s pretty simple: -Cheese and a fresh baguette -Books & blogs -Good coffee -Fresh air -Music -Running by the water -Infectious, from the belly laughter Choice, Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce, a TED Talk by Malcolm Gladwell, is a brilliant thought-provoking talk outlining what makes us all happy. The talk touches on two key points that are worth taking note: 1.) People don’t know what they want! (we are all so very confused) and, 2.) Embracing diversity is the path to happiness. Malcolm Gladwell is a fabulous writer and speaker — check out this talk and tell me your thoughts! S.

The importance of fostering young writers

Yesterday, steered completely by serendipitous events, I found myself at the most unusual coffee shop up at Dufferin and Bloor called, Intergalactic Travel Authority/Storyplanet ( I bought an Americano (yes, it was fabulous) before I realized that I was actually standing in a creative writing centre for kids. As I drank my coffee and chatted with the owner, it dawned on me that I was exactly where I was suppose to be. Please watch this amazing TED Talk by 826 founder and author, Dave Eggers who started this crazy and wildly inspiring concept. You’re going to love it! I promise. S.

1 + 1 = 3: Ken Burns on what makes a great story

This is just — great! Really, really great. Enjoy! “We have to keep the wolf from the door… We tell stories to continue ourselves. We all think an exception is going to be made in our case, and we’re going to live forever. And being a human is actually arriving at the understanding that that’s not going to be. Story is there to just remind us that it’s just okay.”

Move pen move, write me a mountain

When I first came across the song, Move Pen Move, a calibration with singer-songer writer, Dan Mangan and spoken word poet, Shane Koyczan, I listened to the song on repeat for one week (true story) until my friend yelled at me, “Stephanie, turn that $#*%@ song off!” It’s true. I needed an intervention. over the years it seems that aging’s just not for me. though i ache just below the knees and it flows to my heart and all through the hearts i need. it’s not how it ought to be. you’re falling away from me. and it’s just not right. falling away from me. it’s not right. but you make such beautiful words. now it’s trying. oh, how it’s tragic. but you make such beautiful words.

You just gotta watch this

Ash Beckham recently did a brillant talk at Ignite Boulder on pejoratively using the word “gay”. Her delivery is bang on while teaching us all why words matter! This line had me nodding in agreement: “When you hear someone describe something pejoratively as, “so gay” it’s an opportunity for connection and conversation not to be missed” Give it a watch and tell me your thoughts! S.