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David Leonhardt is a professional ghostwriter from eastern Ontario, with an eclectic range of interests. A former consumer advocate, he loves nature and the outdoors, the arts, healthy living, reading and small business. When not chauffeuring his wife or daughters around, you can find David at http://THGMwriters.com or on Twitter at @Amabaie.

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7 Productivity Tips For An Amazing Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 1:57 PM

No matter how hard we wish to deny it or change it, life is short. And each of us has so many things we want to do. Yet, there never seems to be enough time.

In fact, there is more time than most of us realize; we just waste so...

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The Magic Of Something Homemade

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2017 | 2:03 PM

She's 85 years old and she still makes all her cards by hand. Birthday cards. Christmas cards. Easter cards.

That's my mom!

She doubts that any of her six grandchildren appreciate the cards, but I know that at least one of my daughter's does. And we adults all do.

You...

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Confessions Of A Thrift Store Dad

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 5:44 AM

Hands up everybody who shops at a thrift store.

Exactly. People don't generally announce in public that they shop at the Salvation Army, Value Village or Goodwill. But my teenage daughters love shopping at the thrift store. It's not that they like saving money. It's that they can get more...

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Minimalism Has Made Me Mindful Of My Hoarder's Mentality

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 11:17 AM

As I grow older, I become more of a minimalist. I don't know why. My mother raised me to be a collector. She encouraged each of us, my brothers and me, to collect figurines. Mine were owls and elephants.

As much as we went to the library, we also bought...

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Lessons I Learned From Working On Wall Street Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 10:26 AM

When Victor Chiu first called me from Vancouver with his idea, it was pretty radical.

"I want to write a book on investing using simple everyday English, easy enough for an 8th grader to pick up and read. I want to write to the reader from across a kitchen table."
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Can Walmart Keep Up Its Game Of Chicken With Visa?

(14) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 10:21 AM

Two of the biggest companies doing retail business in Canada are at war with each other: Visa and Walmart.

Most Canadians have not noticed, though, because the war is taking place only in select markets. However, if the current trend continues, it could be -- as the slogan goes --...

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2016 Is The Year Of The Recall - And It's Not Over Yet

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 12:43 PM

Could 2016 be remembered as the Year of the Recall? A couple weeks ago, we learned of the biggest automotive recall ever. As of September 28, it included 34 million U.S. vehicles and another 7 million elsewhere, many of them in Canada.

You can check if your car...

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Can You Turn Your Hobby Into A Business?

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2016 | 7:02 AM

Most hobbies cost money. You work 40 hours a week, then spend some of that money on a hobby on the weekend.

Wouldn't it be nice if one of your hobbies -- an activity you purely enjoy -- could make you money instead of costing you money? If you've...

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7 (Lesser Known) Natural Wonders Of Canada

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 6:09 AM

We've all heard of the 7 Wonders of the World. And the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. And the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

Sadly, Canada is represented in these famous lists only by the Northern Lights, which Greenland expects us to share.

So I was a little...

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The Everyday User's One-Stop Cybersecurity Primer

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 12:07 PM

I've heard a lot of people talking about online security lately.

Some people are still confused about when to open up an email.

Some people are frustrated about juggling so many passwords, while others still have 123abc for a password -- yes, I ran into this the other...

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Six Reasons I Stand While I Work

(13) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 10:32 AM

I am standing at my desk right now, as I type this article. If you think you know why, you are partly right.

The most obvious reason, perhaps because it has gotten some media play, is because it is healthy to stand. More to the point, it is

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Too Much To Choose From When Visiting Toronto

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 9:16 AM

I didn't even know my brother was in Toronto for the week, but the email made it clear:

"We just arrived in Toronto after the tournament, and since you used to live here, I was wondering if you had any ideas of activities we could do for an hour...

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The Man Who Balances Rocks

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 5:12 PM

Always balance, never symmetry.

That's one way artist John Felicè Ceprano describes his most famous works.

Every spring, John heads out to Remic Rapids in the Ottawa River and balances rocks. When I say "in," I mean "in," as you can see by the pictures.

Every...

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Could Canadian Alcoholics Finally Get A Cure?

(104) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 12:50 PM

Gravity pulls things up.

The sky is striped.

Alcohol addictions can be treated without going cold turkey.

One of these things is actually possible, according to a Canadian startup based in British Columbia. Alavida is challenging the accepted orthodoxy that if you want to stop drinking, you have to stop...

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Are You Ready For The American Invasion?

(106) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 10:27 AM

It happens as regularly as clockwork, once every four years. And 2016 is no exception.

What, the Olympics? No.

What, leap year? No.

What, an American election? You're getting closer.

Every four years a huge chunk of the American population professes a sudden urge to move to Canada..."if that so-and-so...

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Cendrine Marrouat: Life's Little Photographer

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:49 AM

A little known fact about me: I used to fancy myself a photographer. I thought that one day I might even make a living from nature and travel photography.

But here I am making a living writing and doing social media. And for all the fancy camera equipment I owned...

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Spring's Freshest Home Décor Trend Is White And Bright

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 6:03 PM

When most people think of fashion trends, they think clothing. Hats. Shoes. Dresses. Shorts.

But homes have their own fashion trends, too. I have been looking at paint colours, accent tables and bedding for my older daughter's new attic room.

I confess that I don't always pay...

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The Future Of Canadian Currency May Be Digital

(8) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 2:10 PM

My grandparents would be shocked to see how I just swipe a card to pay for things. No flipping through paper. No counting coins. Money is now stored remotely, and cards act like keys to unlock the value.

Even if you don't use credit, chances are that your payment method...

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The Bigger The House, The More Clutter Collects

(8) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:06 PM

My daughter is finally getting her own room. And she's doing it through osmosis.

We bought this century home in part for its huge attic. What a playroom! In fact, the attic was used as a playroom, but much less so than we had envisaged.

At 14, our older...

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Rural Water Just Tastes Better - Sometimes

(9) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Living in the country and living in town can be quite different in many ways. It's not just the trees and the stars -- we have them in the country. It's not just the noise and the traffic -- we don't have those in the country.

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