Entries by Donald D'Haene from 09/2012

How to Take Criticism, And Why it Doesn't Always Matter

| Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada Living

Criticism is very subjective. My first editor told me, "I don't care for your writing style. Too personal." A decade later that personal style landed me a publisher's contract for my autobiography, Father's Touch. My advice when seeking out critical opinion is not to sell yourself short -- aim high, not low.

If You Couldn't Stand "The Tree of Life," Here's Another Flick to Avoid

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada

2012-09-06-tiffreal.jpg Terrance Malick's To The Wonder has just played the Venice Film Festival and is headed our way for the Toronto International Film Festival. It's not that I want to influence people not to see To The Wonder. It's just that time is precious. I watched Malick's The Tree of Life, and that's 140 minutes I'll never get back.

The RNC Needs a Diversity Makeover

| Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada

The Republican convention's most telling moments happened every time the camera scanned the delegates in Tampa, Florida. Yes, it was a 2012 political convention but it still looked predominantly white from my vantage point. Republicans could take a paint-by-number lesson from Canada's political play book -- primarily from one Preston Manning.