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
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
Starting today, Friday, September 16, 2011 (the one-year anniversary of Pope Benedict’s 2010 visit to the United Kingdom), the Catholic faithful of England and Wales are once again bound to observe the traditional Friday abstinence from meat. Continue reading Meatless Fridays Are Back In England and Wales
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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