I am back from a week on Manitoulin Island with my friends & their families. I haven’t written much over the past week, instead taking time to read and relax. So today I leave you with a compilation of good reads that I have come across after a week of not being on social media.

Lawren Harris became famous as the Group of Seven ringleader whose rugged landscapes changed Canadian identity. His lesser-known pursuits? Lavish society parties, zealous spiritualist cults and a scandalous love affair that landed him in exile. The scandalous secret life of Lawren Harris, from the Group of Seven.

Before we left a friend and I had discussed the horrors coming to light about the fashion industry. It seems like from dumping & burning of unsold clothes, to using slave labour from Uighur camps in China, to how the pandemic has changed fashion it seems like a time of reckoning for this industry. Sweatpants Forever: Even before the pandemic, the whole fashion industry had started to unravel. What happens now that no one has a reason to dress up?

“As individuals, when we seek to come up with new ideas, we need to ask ourselves the following questions: Am I exposing myself to new material and inspirations or staying within a filter bubble? Am I open to unusual ways of thinking? Am I spending too much time around people who discourage deviation from the status quo? Am I being tolerant of myself, allowing myself to make mistakes and have bad ideas in service of eventually having good ones? Am I spending time with unorthodox people who encourage me to think differently?” Ingredients for Innovation.

“There are needs in our families, extended families, congregations, and communities, as well as within our network of professional associations. Almost everyone needs connection to others and the opportunity to give and get support in the abnormal new normal of deep uncertainty and the fearful specter of a pandemic.” To Take Care of Others, Start by Taking Care of Yourself.

We contained molecules of greatness, the possibility of enlightenment! But some of us had lost our way. He told the story of a monk friend, standing in Times Square, looking up at the five-story advertisements and flashing gewgaws of capitalism, who said, “They’re trying to steal our minds.” Finding the Happiest man in the world – but don’t call him that.