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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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Oh the Places We Will Go!

I’ve lived my entire life in one city in the centre of Canada. So have my parents. My grandparents immigrated here from Italy back in the 60’s and my entire family lives here. All of my uncles and aunts and cousins and grandparents are no more than thirty minutes away at any given time. Then […]

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…Was Paved With Communion Crackers

This is the second part to “The Road to Athiesm…” Read that first. I stopped taking communion at church. I was still obligated to attend whenever my mother deemed it a “family event” and I’d grit my teeth throughout the services, becoming more annoyed with every “Praise God!” Near the end of each mass, the […]

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The Road to Atheism…

I walked amongst saints. They stood tall and proud, looming over us, clutching rosary beads and spiritual books, not unlike their parishioners. The saints rode on pedestals that were elaborately decorated and carried on the backs of the faithful. They were led by Jesus Christ, his silhouette tall and brightly coloured, paving a clear path […]

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Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Review

Rise of Skywalker pissed me off. Which sucks, really, because I grew up on Star Wars. My dad is a major sci-fi geek and we watched everything with the word “Star” in the title: Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica. I grew up on all of it. I have seen every new Star Wars […]

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