We Forgot to Move to the Suburbs

“It’s a great location for a young couple, walking distance to downtown, to bus routes, bars and restaurants. The perfect STARTER home” That was how our house was sold to us as a newlywed couple in their twenties. 18 years and 2 kids later, we’re still here and not planning on moving any time soon. […]

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Guilty Shopping Spree

When I was younger, I worked at a fast-food joint, and for the entire summer, I spent my paycheck on clothes, food, and random stuff I didn’t need. I had no concept of saving, but I didn’t care because “I was young and enjoying life.” Even as I got older, my shopping habits didn’t change. […]

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Sneezing Season

“You’re allergic to trees?!” they say incredulously. “And grass. And dust. And flowers. And just nature in general. I need a bubble,” I joke, trying to play it off. Because it does sound ridiculous and a little wimpy and like I’m just trying to make excuses to get out of camping. Which, yes, I am […]

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How Big Changes Make simple Tasks Difficult

Sitting down and writing something of substance is something I have not done since I graduated from university. Looking back on it now, I envy how student Geleena could roll up her sleeves and get shit done—starting a 2000 word essay the day before it’s due? Easy. Writing a blog post that is maybe 500 […]

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What Pride Means to Me

My name is Alexander Levi, I’m a twenty-nine year old queer transman and this is my queer experience, what pride means to me and what I hope for the future of the 2SLGBTQ* community. Before I start, I’d like to acknowledge that I am a settler on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional lands of the […]

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Our Love Stories Deserve A Happy Ending Too

I have found that some of my favourite films are the ones that I wish I could have written myself. They’re the ones that make me immediately want to run to my laptop, open up a new document, and find the bravery to put my ideas out into the world. These films have inspired me […]

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About Us

Our friendship was destiny. We went to the same high school, almost worked the same part time job, before finally meeting at the world’s crummiest job. We bonded through our commiseration and discovered a mutual love for writing.

From Maria: What to say about Gindalee? Her nickname is Gin, but she doesn’t actually drink gin, which seems like a bit of a missed opportunity honestly. Gin’s favourite things in this world are her bed, cheesy romance novels and her Star Wars collection. She is, simply put, an awesome person.

I wanted to do this blog with her because her writing has something to say. Gin’s fiction is a delight to read and her opinion pieces always leave me thinking. She hits all the friendship goal markers (dependable, fun, sarcastic badass, etc.) but she’s also a really good person.

From Gindalee: I met Maria in 2018 through work during a time where there was an overwhelming amount of changes happening. New hires were starting, people were leaving for vacation – but safe to say, she didn’t shy around because not long after she started (her first day, actually) she struck up a conversation with the entire office. 

But, let’s get real for a second – Maria is one of the realest people I have ever met. She’s blunt, sarcastic, and unapologetically herself. That’s what I really admire about her. Her favourite things are Rocket (her puppy), cooking, and the oxford comma.