Happy people embrace impermanence

In the article "7 Habits Happy People Have (But Never Talk About)" they mention that among other things, happy people embrace impermanence.

Happy people recognize life is a balancing act between holding on and letting go — and they're comfortable releasing things that no longer serve them.

Holding on and letting go.  Push pull.  Contract relax.  Yin and Yang.  Life is definitely a balancing act!

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Competence vs willingness to help

And so it goes with children ...


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Two more favourite things

Two more favourite things put together. Richard Wiseman - esque creativity and Neil Patrick Harris come together in an Oscars commercial:


X Company trailer

Remember  Flashpoint?  It was co-created by Toronto's own talented Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis.

Watch the trailer for their latest project, on the CBC YouTube channel:


Origins of the NORAD Santa tracker

From NPR:

This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Shoup's children, Terri Van Keuren, 65, Rick Shoup, 59, and Pam Farrell, 70, recently visited StoryCorps to talk about how the tradition began.

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Two of my favourite things

Weird Al and magic together.  What's not to like?

From YouTube:

[via iTricks]


On having a grateful heart

From the Elephant Journal:

By now, most of us have heard the news: grateful people are happier, healthier and generally more fulfilled.

And while these are all really great side effects of gratitude, for me, one of the coolest things about gratitude is the way it affects the heart. The heart creates an electromagnetic field that expands up to five feet from the body. Its electrical field is 60 times stronger in amplitude than that of the brain.
Studies show that when people cultivate positive feelings, the heart’s frequency changes and its waves become smoother and more consistent, while anxiety or stress caused waves to be shorter and less organized. Though most positive feelings were capable of affecting the heart in this way, researchers noted that gratitude changed the heart’s rhythm more easily and faster than any of the others.

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Mabel's cyber sale

From the Mabel's Labels Twitter feed:

Disclosure: I'm a Mabel's Labels Buzzmama and I receive free products for my involvement in the program.


Canada: Win a copy of Forcing the Ace

"Forcing the Ace," written by Erin Thomas is a recently released novel is intended for children ages 11 to 14.

Here's the teaser from the back cover:
Sometimes the real magic happens offstage.

Alex wants to enter the Silver Stage magic competition, but he needs a sponsor. Jack, a veteran card wizard, is willing to take on the role, but only if Alex agrees to team up with Zoe, another young magician—and Alex’s rival. Working with Jack and sharing the spotlight with Zoe, Alex comes to see that there are other ways to be a magician besides competing—and that magic is about entertaining people, not fooling them.

Read a young person's thoughts on the book and a Q&A with the author.
You have a few more days to enter the contest to win yourself a copy of the book.


Toronto: Coupon code for 20% off Magic Tonight

James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered me a coupon code for 20% off tickets to Magic Tonight!

Use the coupon code cmagic to receive your discount.

Tonight's special guests are Matt DiSero and Michael Close.  Upcoming guests include Glenn Ottaway, Jason Palter, Bill Abbott, Paul Pacific, Chris Mayhew and more!

* Offer is subject to change without notice.  I earn a commission when you use the coupon code.



In case you were looking for something to keep you unproductive for the rest of the day, have a look at Nathan Friend's Inspirograph, an online version of the classic Spirograph.



"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting."
― Elizabeth Bibesco


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Things I never knew about the Salvation Army

Dear Readers: Here is a Paul Harvey broadcast from December, 1979. Several readers have sent it to me, and I think it is well worth printing during this holiday season.


How would you like a job-long hours, hard work and low pay? You may have to settle in Atchison, Kan.-population 16,000. You will be paid $100 a week before taxes. You and your wife will have to live in a dingy one-room walk-up.

And one pot of soup will have to last four days.

But there is a fringe benefit: You get a new pair of shoes. And in those shoes you can walk from here to Eternity.

You are a single girl. How would you like a job in Chicago?

Be sure before you apply because you will not work in an immaculate skyscraper office in the Loop. You will work behind a shabby Skid Row storefront patronized by winos and cockroaches and whores, and the depraved and the diseased and the desperate. There will be rodents and more cockroaches.

But you will get a new pair of shoes-and guaranteed security here and forever after.

I set out to figure out why anybody would enlist in the Salvation Army.

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Productivity vs lists


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