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Do Not Procrastinate

New-Year_Resolutions_listTis the season for joy and merriment and for coming up with New Year’s resolutions. I know many people who refuse to declare a New Year’s resolution because they know that by February, if not earlier, they’re likely to be unsuccessful in living up to the promise they made for themself. I’m of the view that while past ‘failure’, or inability to fully reach one’s objective (that sounds much nicer, doesn’t it?) is sometimes an indication of future success (i.e. the lack of it), it can also be great motivation to do better the next time around.

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With Every Gain There’s a Loss

I came across a great article in the Globe and Mail, which profiled Robert Burley an architecture photographer by training and currently a photography professor at Ryerson University. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/robert-burley-behind-the-silver-curtain/article5694976/

Burley chronicles the end of traditional photography in his book, The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era, as well as in a touring exhibition that will take place next year. Columnist James Adams notes that Burley’s project began when, in 2005, he was informed that Kodak “was discontinuing all manufacturing in Toronto” and was permanently closing its four-hectare industrial complex, which had been in operation since World War I.

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The Power of Vulnerability

This post is inspired by Brené Brown’s TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability”. Brown is a research professor whose topics of study include vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Her work has been featured on PBS, NPR, TED, and CNN. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brené_Brown).

I recently joined a Mastermind group through a professional networking organization. For those of you who haven’t heard of a Mastermind group, in sum, it’s a group of like-minded people who meet on a regular basis to hold one another accountable to meet the goals the individual, or group, has set. Participants in my Mastermind group will be blogging about the Mastermind experience each month to inform the broader networking organization of what we’ve discovered about ourselves, lessons we’ve learned, what we hope to get out of this process, and how we intend to reach our goals. I wrote the first blog post and thought I’d share it with my Y Variable readers. I happen to know that a lot of you, like me, are at stages in your lives where you’re trying to make changes, achieve new goals, etc., so perhaps the TED talk referred to above, or the post below might help you along the way, knowing that there are others who are in the same position. 🙂

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The World Wide Web: Lean, Mean, Anonymous Machine

3185876967_361107714aCanadian Conservative MP Dean Del Maestro proposed last week that commenters on news articles should be forced to identify themselves. Del Maestro stated in a Facebook post that removing such online anonymity would be the best way “to end on-line and electronic bullying, libel and slander”.

I am, admittedly, of two minds on this issue. I read many different online publications and after reading an article or post, I often go to the comments section to read the opinions of other readers. I’ve never posted any comments myself, perhaps because I’m so turned off by what many post, particularly when the articles or posts pertain to public figures, be they politicians, or celebrities – the latter who seem to get the worst of the vitriol as the public seems to think that because you decide to make a living in a public forum, you deserve to be harshly critiqued for such egregious acts as the hint of a muffin top, cellulite, or a fashion misstep. I often wonder what the people who post such negative comments look like. Are they cellulite free? Do they keep up a strict exercise and diet regime that might make them feel entitled to comment? While I focus on the fact that these anonymous commenters often write from a hateful place, many also seem unable to follow any grammatical rules or proper sentence structure, but I digress.

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We’ve Come So Far, But Still Have So Much Further to Go

In a week when pundits analyzed and critiqued Mitt Romney for his “binders full of women” comments during the second Presidential election debate to the announcement of the transfer of Malala YousufzaiWe_Can_Do_It! – the 14 year old Pakistani advocate of girls’ education who was shot in the head by a Taliban operative – to a hospital in England, women’s issues have certainly run the gamut this week.

With a graduate degree in Women’s Studies and my standing as a feminist (this just means that I believe that men and women should be treated equally…no bra burning for me people!) my ears always perk when I hear of issues that deeply affect girls and women.

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