Tips For Enjoying Nature Without Bugging Out

Because of COVID, all my travel plans were cancelled this year. I’ve been using my suddenly free summer to explore more of Manitoba and neighbouring Lake of the Woods, and have found some really beautiful spots. Now, if you’re like me, you enjoy almost everything about nature. There’s something incredibly soothing about kayaking across a […]

Read More

I Told Body Dysmorphia To F%*K Off

I experience body dysmorphia almost every day; everyone does, to varying degrees. We look in the mirror and fixate on every flaw we find in ourselves. These are the things that make us feel insecure and question our worth. For me, I notice the bulge of my stomach, or my squinty left eye, or my […]

Read More

A Scaredy-Cat Watches The Haunting of Hill House

I’m a scaredy-cat. Legitimately terrified of scary movies. To give you some context, I watched Paranormal Activity when I was younger and didn’t sleep until the sun came up for three weeks afterwards. I am very easily startled, so jump scares are the enemy, but I am chill with monsters thanks to years of watching […]

Read More

Black Canadian Creators You Should Be Following

There is so much I’d like to say about what’s happening right now. I’ve written pages and pages about the protests, my own acknowledgement of my white privilege, and how I haven’t been a good ally.  I was scrolling through my Instagram and became suddenly much more aware of all the white faces I saw. […]

Read More

Pick a Puppy

The little girl waited eagerly in the car, knee jiggling up and down, fingers fidgeting with the hem of her sweater, eyes roving back and forth – trying fruitlessly to see the blue door through the frosted glass of the car window. Her brother sat in the seat next to her. He tried to hide […]

Read More

The Studying Never Ends

I started reading when I was two, and it was all uphill from there. Not to humble-brag, but school was always super easy. I mean really easy. So, imagine my shock when I went to university, failed a few classes, and decided to drop out. Now imagine my parents’ shock – I literally jumped out […]

Read More

Quarantine for Extroverts

Hi, I’m Maria, and I’m an extrovert. Which means quarantine sucks.  As an extrovert, I get my energy from social interaction. I thrive in social settings, I have multiple groups of friends, I’m loud (and a wee bit obnoxious), and I don’t really enjoy a lot of alone time. Not because I don’t like myself […]

Read More

Stucco Ceilings

I glance up,out of habit I suppose,and stare at the stucco:the white plasterwith its black speckles.I study it.Waiting for the sudden epiphanythat ceilings seem to invokein other people.My logic chastises me. I glance at it again;at the black specklesthat mar the white paint.And the stucco answerswith a bumpfrom the tenant above me.

Read More

Panic at the Pandemic

You give us all quite a scare,
so we try to prepare,
and suddenly we care
a lot about toilet paper.

Read More

Unconscious Pessimism

I’ve had a really good week. Like an awesome week. Since Wednesday, I received some good news I’d been waiting for, I finished a huge project at work, my grandma was discharged from the hospital after a month and a half, and I became a Zia to an adorable little girl. It was like happiness […]

Read More