Without Leukemia

My car has three wheels...and I'm the engine

When I bought my trike last fall, my plan was that it would not only be great for riding recreationally – for fun and fitness – but that it could serve as a daily mode of transportation – it could be my “car." And, with another way to get around, maybe I wouldn’t have to spend quite so much time waiting for buses. While there are situations whe...

Catching up

Ok, I’ll admit it: I haven’t always been very good at making time to read. In fact in school, both high school and university, I got pretty good at getting by with doing very little reading. Many of the books I thought seemed interesting. At that point in my life, though, I guess I thought other things were more interesting. Today when I lo...

Making sense of categories and tags

I’ve been blogging off and on for almost eight years now. In that time I’ve ported my blog from one platform to another many times. I started on Blogger, moved to Wordpress.com, played around with self-hosted Wordpress and Sqaurespace and, as of late, have settled on Postach.io And while I do enjoy blogging at Postach.io, I still find myself se...

Re-emerging

This Winnipeg winter was particularly hard. And, yes, I know this is hardly news. For me, the challenges of this winter seemed to transcend the persistent, biting cold and harsh wind. This winter beat my body and spirit down in a way I can’t remember ever experiencing. My mood and energy seemed to be passengers on a wild and unpredictable roll...

Another five years...

I first posted to Without Leukemia, in the summer of 2006, five years after the start of the chemo treatment for my first illness. Today is another anniversary: This is my fifth birthday since my relapse was diagnosed in 2009. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, such anniversaries are cause for celebration. On the other, while fi...

Distributed computing powers a breakthrough in childhood cancer research

I wrote recently about the work my computer is doing on the World Community Grid for projects like Mapping Cancer Markers The Clean Energy Project FightAIDS@Home Computing for Clean Water and Help Fight Childhood Cance . Yesterday I received news that one of these projects, Help Fight Childhood Cancer, has made a major breakthrough in their r...

Winnipeg's own embarrassing mayor

I’ve been going through a lot of old posts lately, and I ran across one post in particular – “Who you hire says a lot about your priorities" – which I wrote when Phil Sheeg was hired as Director of Property and Development for the City of Winnipeg. I thought this was particularly relevant in light of how well the whole Sheegl experiment turned ...

Rethinking the priorities of the Federal budget

Last week the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released its 19th Alternative Federal Budget In it, the CCPA lays out a different set of priorities for the Canadian government, a set of priorities that are much more in line with creating a healthy, happy and prosperous Canada for the present and in the future. The current Federal gover...

Evernote, Postach.io, and getting over my fear of commitment

I’ve been using Evernote for a long time, as I’ve mentioned before. Since 2008, in fact. As user number 101,159 you would think I would have this Evernote thing mastered, that it would have transformed my life. And it has, in some ways. But I’m always questioning, second guessing myself, and getting distracted by new or different things. And w...

An electoral thought experiment

I think I’ve made it clear in previous posts that I think democratic reform is the most important issue facing Canada today. And the more I think about it and the more I look at how recent Canadian elections have gone, the more convinced of this I have become. I’ve been working on a post about electoral reform, complete with charts created from...