Why it Took me so Long to Realize that I’m Actually a Lesbian

Barbie and Ken. Tarzan and Jane. I mean, even the Grinch had a hetero love story with Martha Mae Whovier. Media representation and my personal socialization impacted me to believe that I would also have a hetero love story. Turns out, I don’t love being hetero at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. But we […]

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Happy PRIDE Month and National indigenous History Month!

We are very excited to be celebrating Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month this June! Alternating each week, we’re featuring a blog from a guest writer either about their experience as an Indigenous person or as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. National Indigenous History Month celebrates and acknowledges Indigenous history across Canada. Residential […]

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Know Thy Tropes

Let’s talk about tropes. We love them. We hate them. Whether the author sticks to them or subverts them, they are the foundation of every bestseller. Tropes are common (potentially cliche) plot or rhetorical devices in books or television. Examples include, but are not limited to, enemies to lovers, the chosen one, girl/boy next door, […]

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Misconceptions of Massage From a Massage Therapist

I get a lot of weird comments from people when I tell them I am a massage therapist. I have been called a “masseuse” which essentially means a sex worker. I have been asked why I like to rub people down. I also get people who straight up ask me to give them a massage, […]

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Independent Bookstores Have Always Been There For Me

Independent bookstores have always been there for me, whether I’m busy or not. When the first lockdown started, I was one of the lucky people who could stay home and did so for over two months. My biggest work and personal commitments stopped virtually overnight and, like for everyone else, that sudden shift was bizarre […]

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A Not-So-Friendly Guide to Group Photos

So I was zoomin’ with some friends the other night, and I wanted to take a picture to prove to the world that I still have friends (I swear I do). I asked them to smile, snapped the picture, then promptly uploaded it to my Insta story, tagging each of my friends. As they each […]

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It’s the Little Things

It’s been a stressful few weeks. Ontario has entered its third wave and millionth shut-down (or “emergency brake,” if you’re trying to be pedantic), vaccine estimates are sporadic, and it’s currently final paper season. I’m tired, a bit overworked, and definitely overwhelmed. It’s easy to get bogged down by all the anxiety and bad news, […]

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Hot Girl Summer: Here We Come

Spring is in the air, and besides triggering my allergies, it’s the time of year we start dusting off our shorts and tank tops and all our body insecurities. We’ve been sitting cozy in crewnecks and baggy knits all winter, but with the warm weather comes tighter and more revealing clothing that’s much more difficult […]

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A Year Later: Still Pessimistic But Here For The Adventure

I think I jinxed 2020. Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote Unconscious Pessimism, where I talked about how, because of a really fantastic start to 2020, I had this core belief that things were going to go sideways to balance the scales. I ended that blog with: “I’m sure the rest of the decade […]

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Adventures with Rutabaga

This is the story of a girl, an Instacart order, and two giant rutabagas. It begins with a craving for pot roast and evolves into the most exciting thing that has happened in a year – minus the birth of my niece, moving to Ottawa, and starting grad school…huh, it’s been a busy pandemic. Recently, […]

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