Author: Michael Kwan

What’s Up Wednesdays: A Spooky Smurf

With (Canadian) Thanksgiving now behind us, it’s time to look forward to the spookiest time of the year. Kicking off this week’s collection of blog posts, Kristyl Clark has organized a great list of Halloween events in the Fraser Valley. If you’re in search of a good scare on the other side of the Fraser River, there’s no shortage of haunted houses to enjoy. There’s even a “scream train” in the forest of Bear Creek Park, populated by the walking dead “who roam the platform.”

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I'm a Terrible Father (But That's Okay)

It’s been said that the ideals of work-life balance are a myth. As much as we try to excel at everything we do, that simply is not possible. The very act of diverting our time and resources in one direction necessitates that the same time and resources cannot be utilized in a different direction. In trying simultaneously to be the perfect business owner, the perfect writer, the perfect husband and the perfect dad, I inevitably come up short everywhere. Fully comprehending this fundamental truth delivers no comfort. Instead, all I feel is this constant sense of inadequacy. I feel...

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Sunday Snippet: Tim Urban on Procrastination

“Now, the Dark Playground is a place that all of you procrastinators out there know very well. It’s where leisure activities happen at times when leisure activities are not supposed to be happening. The fun you have in the Dark Playground isn’t actually fun, because it’s completely unearned, and the air is filled with guilt, dread, anxiety, self-hatred — all of those good procrastinator feelings.” You think I enjoy falling down the bottomless pit of related YouTube videos? You think I enjoy open up Facebook every few minutes to see if there’s anything good, just like how I open...

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Grammar 101: Bemused and Amused

It’s natural to assume that similar-looking words must be related in some way. Headphones, earphones and earbuds all serve fundamentally the same function. You’ll probably find happiness at the happiest place on Earth. And while terms like critique and criticism might be connected in some way, other pairs of words vary drastically in meaning. Bemused and amused are not the same thing at all. You might see one of your Facebook friends posting about how she was “bemused” by the woman in the eccentric dress at the supermarket. That usage might not be strictly incorrect, but it also might...

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What's Up Wednesdays: Not a Big Deal

It’s just another Wednesday. No big deal. It just means it’s time to saunter around the web in search of great blog posts again. We start with Stacey Robinsmith explaining the true meaning of road signs that many people seem to misinterpret. A pedestrian crossing sign does not mean you can walk across the street with impunity and without risk. Not all traffic will miraculously stop for you, even if you have the “right of way.” Leading by example, Buzz Bishop is doing the solo parenting thing this week as his wife is off on a trip to Italy....

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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