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Hi, I’m Brent! Graphic and user experience designer, father, with a curiosity about how we see the world.
I’ve written a couple eBooks as resources and blog regularly about things I’m learning.

Gumption is better than Hustle

We love to hustle these days, don’t we? Hustle is worn as a badge of honour, and is touted as the key to success by many a motivational speaker. But I’ve having my doubts. I’ve had seasons of hustle, where I worked through lunch, burned the midnight oil, and was… 

It’s Not About the Richest 8

Yesterday a report came out showing that the 8 eight richest people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the world. And I, for one, was relieved. This shocking statistic made me feel the same relief as I did in school when the teacher asked… 

How to fix what ain’t broke

We have a room in our basement, the office. “It’s our sewing room,” my wife would interject. But since my wife’s not here right now, is she? So for our purposes — and despite the fabric, patterns and thread covering the desk at the moment — it’s the office. We… 

The fears we teach our children

Teaching our children what to fear is important if we want them to stay safe. Watch out for cars. Don’t touch the stove. Don’t accept rides from strangers. A healthy fear of potential danger is what will keep them alive which, as a parent, is generally priority number 1. As… 

Cracks in the Pavement

December in Manitoba can be a cold, dark month. Winter threatens to take hold of the land with each northern gust of wind. Sunlight is in short supply during these shortest days of the year. The combination of darkness and cold have a way of working themselves into your bones… 

The Essential Art of Working in the Shadows

My friend Elena recently shared James Tissot’s “The Anxiety of Saint Joseph” as part of an Advent reflection, and the painting immediately resonated. This is a picture of Joseph, an often overlooked character in the Christmas story, sitting alone with his thoughts and inner turmoil among the wood shaving of… 

Is it time to graduate?

When we were kids, change was easy, and a natural part of growing up. Each summer we graduated from one school grade, and began the next one in fall. We started playing a sport in one league, and playedin that league until we were too old for it. Beginnings and… 

You’ll Never Live Your Dream

Do you have a dream? We usually quite admire the folks do. Some people seem to be able to articulate quite clearly their life goal, and move resolutely towards it. I’ve never been one of those people. I’ve always been a little frustrated with myself for seeing too many options,… 

Thanks(by)giving

In his book, The Gift, Lewis Hyde dissects gift-giving based on ancient cultures with gift-giving rituals. One of the key things that makes a gift a gift in these cultures, is that the gift must be given away by their recipients. Ancient cultures understood that gifts weren’t given to be… 

Your Great Story Starts With “One Day”

It snowed. It snowed! (It snowed last night…) Nothing changes the landscape and one’s perspective like a fresh blanket of white. Whether you respond by wanting to rush outside and play (like our three-year-old) or by counting the days toward spring (like every commuter), an obvious change in seasons is…