Like so many other Tamakwans around the world, my heart is in Toronto today. I’m thinking about the man who shaped my childhood in so many ways; thinking about him singing hello-hello-hello and greeting me on the dock with a big smile and a warm hug; thinking about his laugh; remembering him yelling tootsie fruitsie … Continue reading "Baleshlect"

So You Want to Move to Canada, Eh?

While Trump is no laughing matter, moving to Canada has become a hotly googled topic and oft hilarious punchline. Ellen DeGeneres got an exclusive statement on the issue from the secretary of “The Real Canadian Bureau of Immigration” in the clip below. Full disclaimer:  I’m Canadian. And I totally endorse this message. Also, if you’re […]

Yidlife Crisis hits on Mayim Bialik

My boys Jamie and Eli do their best to impress Mayim Bialik in this hilarious new video from Yidlife Crisis. Fun fact: I went to school with these guys, and Eli was my high school’s Yiddish valedictorian. Yup, that’s actually a thing. At least, it was a thing, until two years ago when they stopped […]

Support Olympic Diversity

Big props to both Google and the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) who have each put out media supporting diversity at the Olympic games.

This week’s Google Doodle takes a colourful swing at Russian anti-gay sentiments:

Google Doodle takes a colourful swing at Russian anti-gay sentiments

The CDI has gone a step further in supporting Olympic diversity, launching a controversial LGBT PSA just in time for the Olympics, claiming the games have “always been a little gay.”


“The discrimination in Russia is unacceptable,” says Michael Bach, Founder and CEO of the CIDI, “As an organization, we want to show our support, especially for the athletes competing at the Olympics in Sochi.”

Well put.

“Golf Balls, Pebbles and Beer: An Analogy for Life” – Author Unknown

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.


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