Ticket to Freedom

2013-2015 TALONS BLOG

Dear Client… Je suis Monsieur Cartier

Bonjour my client. I, George-Étienne Cartier, will be your lawyer and I promise to give my utmost effort to win your case. I assume that you’d like to know more about me before I delve into the private details of your case. I graduated from the Sulpician College in Montreal, Lower Canada for law and I was soon called to the bar at the age of twenty. Now as a.. Read More

The Act of Union…what about the French people?!

“The Act of Union was passed by the British Parliament in July 1840 and proclaimed February 10th, 1841. It united the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada under one government, creating the Province of Canada.” (The Canadian Encyclopedia) I found that this quote effectively summarized the article in the link as a whole, but it failed to highlight some of the intricate details of this controversial act that made it.. Read More

Riding the Carousel a Second Time

When I was first asked the question, where have we been and where are we going, it felt like something that was way beyond my years, so to make this question relatable to me, I decided to narrow down the definition of “we”. I know that “we” could be many things such as our solar system, our planet, the human race and more, but for the purposes of this blog.. Read More

In-Depth Post #4, Teapots anyone?

As I hinted in my post last week, I started learning something new! I was taught how to make the most elementary form of a teapot and I found this quite exciting! This week I had two sessions in one week because last week my mentor took a quick trip to Korea to meet some of his family and students overseas, so I felt that I progressed quite a lot… Read More

In-Depth Post #3, Practice, Practice, Practice

In-depth has been smooth sailing these past couple of weeks, but as you can probably guess from the title of this post, the ship didn’t simply sail smoothly on its own. Last week, I continued where I left off, still making bowls. I do have to admit though that they have considerably improved as I experimented with different amounts of pressure through my fingers and different speeds through the wheel… Read More

In-Depth Post #2, the first hurdle

In-Depth truly started off with a bang! I’ve already learned so much pottery… and it’s only been about 2 weeks? During my first official session with my mentor, we got started right away. Within five minutes we were ready to begin and he gave me his first demonstration on how to make the foundation for any kind of pottery. After one demonstration, it was my turn to try. I must admit that.. Read More

Leadership 11: The Challenges

As another followup to the lecture we heard by John C. Maxwell as well as the discussion in class today, here are my answers to the questions regarding the seven challenges of leadership. Challenge 1: Tension How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation? If I face tension in a public situation, I often like to give myself a bit of space and just draw/doodle to let.. Read More

Leadership 11: Myth Busters!

As a follow up to today’s class discussion on the myth’s of leadership, here are my answers to some of the questions that John C. Maxwell addresses in his book “360 degree leader, Section 1: The Myths of Leading from the Middle of an Organization.” Myth 1: The Position Myth What has a peer taught you in this past year? One of my peers, two years my senior, who learns.. Read More

In-Depth Begins Once More!

With the start of the new year also comes the start of one of the highlights of the TALONS program..Yes In-Depth! Just like Eminent, it doesn’t even feel like it’s been a year since I started last year’s In-Depth, archery (check out last year’s posts for more info), but here I am once more, ready to add fuel to a newly kindled fire called Korean Pottery, so yes as you might have imagined,.. Read More

The Bi’blog’raphy

With this final post, Eminent 2014 truly wraps up. It was one adventurous journey and it was definitely quite a big step out of my comfort zone. With so many new and fun experiences, I’m mildly reluctant to draw it to a close, but unfortunately as the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.” To finish it off, I hope you enjoy this short journey through my.. Read More