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A Quick History of Mathematics

A Quick History of Mathematics

Posted By on Jun 1, 2011

I have started today to revisit my passion for Mathematics.  To me, math is nothing more than the use of “symbols” to express relationships between “things” in the most simple of ways.   Check out this BBC TV series called “The Story of Maths” which is one of the best programs that traces the historical significance of this subject:

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Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s
Erratic fly
Or gazed at the sun into
The fading night?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

Do you run through each day
On the fly
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

Ever told your child
We’ll do it tomorrow
And in your haste
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch
Let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

When you run so fast
To get somewhere
You miss half the fun
Of getting there

When you worry and hurry
Through your day
It is like an unopened gift
Thrown away…

Life is not a race
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.


The words in this poem are poignant and timeless, which is why it has been added to this blog.  However, it is also being circulated as a “Chain Letter”, so if you receive any message about sending money, please do your due diligence to check out sources!  Do a search on Jessica Mydek and you’ll see feedback about the chain letters.

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People come into your life
for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON. . .
It is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are!
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part,
or at an inconvenient time, this person will say
or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.

Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met,
our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered.
And now it is time to move on.

Then people come into your life for a SEASON….
Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons:
things you must build upon in order to have
a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all
other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Unknown Author

Take the time to reflect and thank those people for being a part of your life — whether they were a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime.

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My Life’s Mission?

My Life’s Mission?

Posted By on Dec 25, 2010

My participation in ParticipACTION’s Television Campaign earlier this year resulted in life changing opportunities to connect with other Creative Arts and Health & Wellness professionals who are as passionate as I am about championing health, fitness, and wellness to Canadians.

With the final days of 2010 looming, this is the best time to reflect on all of our Life paths.

My own involve those flashes of childhood memories in Malaysia, the country that my parents left to find new opportunities for my sister and I; to growing up as a child of immigrant parents and brother-protector of my younger sister in Mississauga, Burlington, and Hamilton; to taking time off after undergraduate school and working at “Woolco”; then with steely determination, being admitted into the Schulich School of Business for their MBA program; to giving up the fast-tracking career that all MBAs aspire and choosing the road less travelled as an entrepreneur in the Creative Arts/Dance industry; to securing startup venture capital funding from two angel investors from Seattle, Washington; to testing myself on national television in front of Canada’s business elite on “Dragons’ Den” (and failing miserably! 😉 ); to finding my partner in love, life and dance and in particular the health challenges that we and our families have faced over the past few years.

And learning many Life lessons along the way.

So, as the New Year approaches, how shall I define my “Life’s Mission” for 2011 and beyond?

My personal Life philosophy has always been about taking risks and overcoming challenges.  And in particular that “Artists” — whether in Dance, Music, Drama or other Creative Arts — need not feel guilty about aspiring to make loads of money from their work or at least being able to generate the  income stream needed to one’s creative efforts for life, as with any other traditional profession.

There is a lingering romanticized stereotype of the “starving artist” which I understand is an echo from the mid-19th century writer Henri Murger’s Novel, “Scènes de la vie de bohème” that still pervades in the Performing Arts (especially Dance) communities.

My Life’s Mission re-defined for 2011 and beyond … is to inspire and empower other Arts Entrepreneurs and connect them with the business leaders of today who are blazing the trail for a new generation of business savvy Creative Artists.

This Holiday season & beyond, celebrate who you are & the life journey that has gotten you here! If you are an Arts Entrepreneur like me who has an interesting story to share, I would love to hear from you!  Contact me through danceScape at (905) 633-8808, E-mail [email protected], or through facebook at

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Richard Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. His previous work includes national bestselling books as well as numerous papers and articles.

I first heard about Richard when I was a Board member at Performing Arts Burlington (now known as Creative Arts Burlington), and was inspired by the messages in “The Rise of the Creative Class“.  He has recently released a new book called, “The Great Reset“.  And he apparently plays a mean guitar!

If you’re an Arts Entrepreneur, I invite you to explore his theories about the Creative Class:


As Richard has stated in many interviews, every human being is creative and there are 38 million people privileged to be paid to be creative! Most people who talk about creativity consider three dimensions:  technology, economic, and artistic or cultural. The Creative sector of the economy accounts more than 50% of all wages and salaries paid.

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