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We wish you long-lasting health and well-being

'Tis the season to indulge in food, wine and friendships.

'Tis also the season that you may ignore the inner echoes of your body telling you to slow down. The holidays are a time when you need a serious reboot of your system, but with all the excessive eating, lack of sleep and stress, there's a high probability that your body will go bonkers.

DK Books' Complete Wellness is filled with lifestyle strategies incorporating more than 800 easy and natural remedies. Did I mention, natural?
Whether you are suffering from gastritis (undoubtedly from Aunt Anonymous' excessive use of hot peppers), or puffy eyes and dark circles from all the stress and lack of sleep...there's a remedy for that. Did you know that the latter can be related to poor circulation? Both conditions can be caused by too many late nights (and you know that's unavoidable during the holidays).

Various remedies you may try include herbs such such cleavers, schisandra, witch hazel or nettle. Dark circl…

Gifts for the Drama Queen

sukasastyleWhat #gift to get that person who loves mystery and drama? A few thrillers from @panmacmillan and @dundurnpress made the list. You may wonder why I included #ottelenghi’s #dessert book here. Well nothing pairs with a delicious #mysterynovel better than a sugary treat. #holidaygiftguide

Gifts for the Cutie Patutie

Be nice little ones, because Santa's going to bring you something special. 

The perfect gift for that person who oozes a bit of a snob factor

Looking for that perfect gift for someone with an air of sophistication and class? Look no further than this collection Le Petit Prince Moleskine Planner, Pocket edition, or a plain black large one from the classic Moleskine collection. Available at Chapters Indigo. And what pairs perfectly with planning for 2019? A satchel of course. This one from Fossil, one of my all-time favourite brands, is just the gift to make someone swoon with envy and pride. 

Revenge is a dish best served frozen

Elizabeth has just completed a metamorphosis, emerging as Juliette. She’s now a flight attendant, a career she has chosen for a bit of a sinister reason. Was it really because she’s obsessed with her ex with a lengthy ploy to get back closer to him? 

Art and literature are at the heart of Haruki Murakami's new novel, Killing Commendatore.

The master of literary excellence is back with a new book, Killing Commendatore. A story of a portrait artist in recluse, trying to rediscover his passion, after his world is turned upside down. His wife has left him, he wants to escape the past, and seeks refuge in the home of a famous painter, Tomohiko Amada, who owns a secluded house atop a mountain. 

It is there that he discovers a hidden painting in the attic, a canvas that opens up a palette of mysterious events, revealing hitherto dark family secrets. 

This painting was full of blood; two men were fighing with heavy ancient swords, in what seemed to be a duel. As far as he was aware, Tomohiko Amada had hardly ever painted a picture that was harsh and violent. "His paintings mostly summoned up feelings of nostalgia, gentleness and peace. Occasionally, they would take up historical events in his theme, but the people depicted in them, generally faded away into the overall composition." 

Because of the nature of the content…

Bullet ⚡Journalling -- where do I start?

The Bullet Journal Method has gained a lot of momentum. Critics swear by this productivity, creative method of journalling, intended to make the user more mindful of their present and plan for the future. 

As Ryder Carroll, the creator the the The Bullet Journal Method puts it: Bullet journalling is much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It's about "intentional living"; weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what's truly meaningful, in both your work and personal life. It's about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. 

Bullet journalling is a more than a past time, it's an obsession. Just type in the hashtag #thebulletjournalmethod into Instagram and you'll see the multitude of journals decorated with beautiful precision and attention to detail. It's inspiring and fuels your productivity. It takes discipline to track your day and follow your dreams. The Bullet Journal met…

Looking at ART

Art is personal. Why do some works speak to you? What is it about a particular piece of art that appeals to your senses more than others?

Art - The Definitive Visual Guide, just may have the answer. Most people are under the impression that creative inspiration comes down like a bolt of lightning and the artist magically creates the piece, as quickly as possible lest the inspiration escapes. But, that is rarely the case. Materials and surfaces, have to be taken into consideration. 

At the heart of everything is the artist's viewpoint. Art - The Definitive Visual Guide by DK Books is probably the most in-depth encyclopedia that takes you through various decades of art; it is enlightening and inspiring, it is the graduate course in fine arts that you may have wanted to take but never got around to. 

One of my favourite sections is Looking At Art, which gently walks the art lover through a better understanding of elements like subject and composition, perspective and viewpoint, media an…

Reporting on Rick Mercer Final Report. All reports should be this funny.

“Ranting has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I come from an island of ranters. I love the process of taking a subject that is large and complex, and distilling it into a single, coherent, ninety-second rant.”

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

A tumultuous relationship. A murder. And a travel log.

Writers: Their Lives and Works

"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself." ~ Albert Camus

Since the beginning of time, people have been fascinated by words -- and those who yield them. Who are these artists who can string together a selection of otherwise random words and weave them. The result? A sentence, a theme, sometimes simple, other times complex, but at all times having the potential to shift our thoughts and influence our behaviours.

Most of us dream of becoming a writer, but few actually have the gumption to follow a path laden with toil, tears, and the tedium of starting from scratch over and over again. But true writers aren't in it for the rewards. They enjoy the journey. They crave characters coming to life and jumping off the page. This is the path to the great idea that works, it is what gets writers up at at the break of dawn, and keeps them up long past dusk when the candle has frittered away. 

At almost every author's event that I've attended, one …

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

Roses are red. Violets are blue. If you believe in true love. You have no clue.

What type are you? The history behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. ~ Wikipedia
Who isn't familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test? It is after all one of the most popular personality tests in the world, used regularly by Fortune 500 companies, universities, and even the military. Did you know that the Myers-Briggs personality test was conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter - fiction writers with no formal training in psychology? How did this home-grown multiple-choice questionnaire, infiltrate our workplaces, our relationships and our lives? 

Merve Emre's The Personality Brokers, tells the story of the birth of personality testing. The book is a blend of history and analysis. The story goes that Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs M…

Leonard Cohen continues to inspire with The Flame

Did you know that Leonard Cohen curated this book before he passed away?

The Flame is insightful and inspiring. Especially loved Leonard Cohen's excerpts original notebooks.

Take a look at more posts on @shilpartistry Instagram. 

A haunting coming-of-age graphic novel

Home After Dark 

The fascination and demand for coming-of-age stories is seemingly inexhaustible, no matter how old, no matter how many stories have been told. With each, perhaps we strive to see a different perspective, to help us understand the struggles that remind us of our own journey. While each, every story can be a little bit different, but also can be a bit of the same. 

David's Small graphical novel Home After Dark tackles the story from the perspective of thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt. His family life isn't as peachy as something you'd see on an episode of the Wonder Years. His parents are constantly bickering and drinking, an observation Russell makes as he's eavesdropping in the dark shadows. That isn't the first reference to a web of darkness that weaves over plot and permeates Russell's life. 

Home After Dark by David Small,ironically begins with an illustration of a boy starring at a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. It's a picture perfe…

Everything is perfectly good, until it's not

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard

When I was wild,
you were steady.
Now that you are wild - 
what am I?

These are words that haunt Eden, when her best friend runs away from home. That's in reference to Bonnie, her perfect, never-gets-into-trouble best friend. 

Bonnie, who gets perfect As, who's obsessed with acing her exams, who will not rock the boat --until she does.
How? She runs away with a guy, and not just any guy.

The book is endearing, jarring and unexpected. Sara Barnard's Goodbye Perfect is a YA ("young adult") novel that makes you question everything and really see situations from various vantage points, whether they be from a teenager's, a parent's, or a best friend's. 

Goodbye Perfect is honest and brilliantly written. The essence of friendship, and growing up is captured. And, it's relatable. Not only to the younger YA audience who will embrace it and capture its essence, but also to adults who decide to give it a read. It will make you questio…

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Step into the sadness of Sea Prayer. Inspired by actual events, Khaled Hosseini's children's book, takes a deep dive into making the reader understand the refugee crisis, and it's superlative. The story stops you right in your tracks. Sea Prayer was inspired by the tragedy of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015. 

Told from a father's point of view, Sea Runner is a love note to a son. Words that express fear, hope, anxiety, and above all truth. 

"These are only words. A father's tricks.  It slays your father,  your faith in him.  Because all I can think tonight is how deep the sea, and how vast, how indifferent. How powerless I am to protect you from it."
Short, but packing a wallop, Sea Prayer is the logical descendant of Khaled Husseini's masterful heart aching tomes, The Kite Runner and The Mountains Echoed

I couldn't wait for the release of this book, and it was well…