This week was so full of disillusioning news that it was hard to keep an optimistic outlook. In Belize, thousands of years of history were razed when one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids was bulldozed in an effort to obtain crushed rock for a road-building project. In Toronto, Gawker and The Toronto Starpublished details of a video alleged to show the city's mayor, Rob Ford, inhaling from what two Star reporters who saw the video say "appears to be a glass crack pipe." Meanwhile, in Ottawa, expense scandals led to Senators Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy leaving the Conservative caucus.
What's a defeated HuffPost reader to do? Seek refuge in sports in the arts, perhaps. Fortunately, there was plenty on offer on those fronts too. On the blog, native Torontonian and former NHLer Anson Carter provided his latest NHL playoff predictions, while filmmaker Kyle Thomas shared his first-hand impressions of the Cannes Film Festival. Combine those pieces with author Evan Munday's entertaining but practical tips on beating writer's block and there you have enough quality distractions to keep you buoyant amid life's latest disappointments.