Ghostwriter, former consumer advocate and nature-lover.
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.
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 much of it.
When it comes to homemade cards, it's the thought that counts. The more you make, the more thought goes into it. The more you buy, the less thought goes into it. I don't generally give cards, but when I do, they are all hand-made. Some people are shy to make because it won't be as "good" as store-bought. With cards, I say, "Who cares?"
04/03/2017 02:03 EDT
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 clothes. I know those are two sides of the same coin, but it's a fundamentally different attitude.
02/06/2017 06:44 EST
Not everybody is a minimalist, and I am not saying that everybody should be. I am not even all that good a minimalist. But it is worth thinking about how you want to spend your time and money between collecting stuff and collecting experiences.
01/23/2017 12:17 EST
When Victor Chiu first called me from Vancouver with his idea, it was pretty radical.
01/04/2017 11:26 EST
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 -- coming soon to a store near you.
11/29/2016 11:21 EST
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.
10/11/2016 12:43 EDT
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 been asking that question, you are not alone. In fact, many people are making money from their hobbies. So how can you join them?
09/30/2016 07:02 EDT
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. It's time for a list for the rest of us.
09/19/2016 06:09 EDT
This primer is the "two-bite brownie" response to online safety, or "cybersecurity." A security fanatic could write a few books on this topic, but this is what you need to know to cut out most of the risks online (making it safer than crossing the street).
09/12/2016 12:07 EDT
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 unhealthy to remain seated for too long. There is a particular danger of heart disease. And trying to make up for it by working out at other times doesn't work.
09/02/2016 10:32 EDT
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
08/10/2016 09:16 EDT
When I spoke with artist John Felicè Ceprano, he told me that he has a natural inclination to seek balance, as he had learned to do through Tai Chi. So, to complement the sound of water and to create a more direct link between himself and nature, he began to first look, then touch, then feel the balance of rocks he found in the vicinity.
06/29/2016 05:12 EDT
A startup based in British Columbia is offering Canadians a new, and effective, way to combat alcoholism. It flies in the face of Alcoholics Anonymous' "cold turkey" method, which has been shown to have a sucess rate between 5 and 10 per cent. There's just one catch: You need to keep drinking.
06/20/2016 12:50 EDT
Every four years a huge chunk of the American population professes a sudden urge to move to Canada..."if that so-and-so running for the White House gets elected."Usually "that so-and-so" is a right-wing Republican.
06/03/2016 10:25 EDT
Cendrine never knew she wanted to be a photographer. She had always planned to be a teacher. And she did. She taught French for 13 years, then started teaching social media, too. In fact, she is the author of two social media books. How does a teacher even find photography?
05/18/2016 11:49 EDT
Make your 2,500-square-foot home grow to 3,000 square feet just by painting the walls a lighter shade. That's the spring 2016 home décor trend. Sure, it's an optical illusion. But does that matter?
05/05/2016 06:03 EDT
Electronic money, or e-money, has arrived. It can be transferred through smart phone, tablet, computer, or other ways. This way, people can make quick payments with their phones -- even in physical settings like the grocery store. Will cards be replaced by e-money, the way cash has been mostly replaced by cash?
04/26/2016 02:10 EDT
Before kids came along, we were living in an 850-square-foot condo in downtown Toronto. That included my home office. We were not crowded there. Yet here we are, in a 3,000 square foot house, and it seems that "stuff" collects everywhere. It feels more crowded.
04/20/2016 12:06 EDT
One of the things that people often overlook when comparing city life with country living is the water. I was trying to articulate this to an urban colleague a few days ago. Living in the country has its water advantages, but it also has water drawbacks.
04/12/2016 01:39 EDT
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