paper boats

Here is a story that is just perfect for The Happy Life.  I am currently enrolled in a Presentation course at York University.   A classmate of mine, Sam, recently told us about a special experiment she initiated earlier this summer.    She explained the goal of her experiment: “I wanted to see if we could turn … Continue reading

Theatre Review: Billy Elliot, The Musical

We are fortunate to live in a city that offers so much variety in terms of arts and entertainment.   Last Tuesday, I joined a group of friends at the Canon Theatre to watch Billy Elliot, The Musical.   I had seen the movie of the same name, produced in 2000, upon which the musical is based.   This … Continue reading

tap into your imagination

Most of my childhood years were spent playing make believe.    I would use blankets over furniture to create tents in which I lived imaginary adventures.   Visiting the dentist’s office would inspire me to play receptionist, taking calls and scribbling appointments in my calendar.    My brother and I would wear horse riding helmets and use our living room couch as an imaginary horse.  Whether it … Continue reading

benefits of sleep

  Sleep and I have a love/hate relationship. I often think of the time spent sleeping as time wasted – time that could be spent being productive. For the most part,  I have never really focused on getting a proper amount of rest each and every night. That was until it became very clear that sleep … Continue reading

art imitating life?

In a great class I took at York University recently, I struggled with an assignment that required me to write about the art in my neighbourhood.     I couldn’t find anything in my suburban neighbourhood to write about.  By contrast, I took a stroll along Queen West last weekend and felt immersed in the creative imagination of … Continue reading

Smiling Face Film Project

In 1967, Yoko Ono said: “My ultimate goal in film-making is to make a film which includes a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world.” How did she intend to do this, you ask?   “…I cannot go around the whole world and take the shots myself.  I need cooperation from something like … Continue reading

creating a blog

Two months ago, Danika and I were just two girls with a crazy idea.   Neither of us had any writing experience and we didn’t know the first thing about creating a blog.   Although we were very excited about the concept that we were kicking around, we had no way of knowing if it was a … Continue reading

embracing change

For 7 months last year, I worked in a cozy cubicle 5 days a week, which I came to know intimately.     Then my department moved. My new cubicle looks very much like the last; the only difference being the position of the telephone on my desk.  The phone used to be on the right and … Continue reading

magical margot

Back in August I was lucky enough to spend a day with Style at Home’s Senior Design Editor, Margot Austin. Margot and her beautiful home in Tweed were the subject of a Christmas themed photo shoot. Although it was the end of summer, the shoot called for Margot to wear a sweater and look like … Continue reading

icing on the cake

Way back in November my friend Chelsey and I enrolled in a Cake Decorating course. We originally met at our post-secondary institution of choice and decided it was time to get back in the classroom together. The class was great and we learned basic baking and decorating techniques while sharing quite a few laughs. That’s … Continue reading