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The driver’s impulse to rush

Recently I wrote about tricks for conserving gasoline that I learned from my bicycling:

  • Don’t speed up hills.
  • Coast whenever it is possible to do so without disturbing the traffic.
  • Soft-pedal it when you see a red light ahead of you.
  • Avoid jack-rabbit starts when the stoplight changes to green

In practising these tips, I have experienced my gas gauge inch downward much more slowly. Getting everyone to perform them is yet another story. To learn how difficult this is, just stand at a corner during rush hour and ‘driver-watch’.

A good percentage of drivers run red lights, gun their cars even though there is nowhere to go and swerve through traffic, often ending up at the next stoplight alongside the drivers they passed.

Why the rush?  Continue reading The driver’s impulse to rush

How an Internet fast can change your life

Photo source: www.businessinsider.comby Jennifer Fulwiler


Advent is just around the corner, and I know that a lot of us are thinking about what we can do to minimize the number of times this season that we lock ourselves in closets to scream “I CAN’T TAKE THIS STRESS ANYMORE!!!” Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, if you’re thinking about what you can do to maximize the peace and minimize the franticness as you prepare to celebrate the birth of the Lord, consider doing some kind of internet fast. Whether it’s a full week without technology, or just taking one day a week off of social media for the duration of the season, the practice of disconnecting can have a lasting impact on almost every area of your life. Here’s how: Continue reading How an Internet fast can change your life

How to have a ‘revivifying’ vacation: The Pope’s advice

By Kris Dmytrenko

The so-called staycation is becoming a popular option for many. It’s considerably more affordable to spend a week off in your own home, enjoying cultural activities you’ve never made time for or completing long-neglected household tasks. And doesn’t a morning spent reading the newspaper at the neighbourhood café sound more relaxing than preparing for travel?

But a staycation isn’t the best option in sweltering Toronto, where 30°C temperatures are further intensified by the concrete and congestion. So when I went on vacation last week, I bolted three hours north to one of my favourite places in the world: Algonquin Park. …

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