Maria

Self-Care: More Than Candles and Naps

Self-care is something I think about a lot. Therapy did wonders for helping me unpack how I feel about things, which means I’m constantly evaluating what I need to help me get through tough moments. When my anxiety is acting up, I have to consider whether I should take a break from work or push […]

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Atrociously Fun: My Favourite Bad Movie is….

I love movies. My friends and I would catch a late night movie every Sunday, watching whatever new blockbuster came out that week. Not surprisingly, 10 pm on a Sunday is not a super popular time to head to a movie theatre, and we would usually have the place to ourselves. Which, great for everyone […]

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Stop Asking Me Why I Don’t Want Kids

“Why don’t you want kids?” If only I had a nickel for the amount of times I’ve been asked that in the last month. Maybe it’s my age (a ripe ol’ 27) or not having seen people in a year, but conversations have been migrating towards settling down and having children more and more lately. […]

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Anxious About the Return to Normal

I’ve talked on this blog about how the pandemic has been difficult as an extrovert. Before, I would get a lot of my energy from seeing my friends and a busy calendar; social things fed my battery and supported my mental health. But now, after over a year of limited in-person interactions, I have social […]

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Nonna’s Classic Pancake Recipe

Pancakes are the perfect weekend brunch food! I have been craving pancakes for almost a year and decided, gosh darn it, I’m going to make them. If you’re looking for the perfect pancake recipe, well, you’ve come to a place that has a pancake recipe. When I was little and spent the night at my […]

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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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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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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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Actually, I Love to Read

At the start of I Love to Read Month, I’m reminded of how much I actually love to read. As a grad student, I read a lot. Normally, I have 50-100 pages of reading to do for each class every week, and that’s not including the additional readings I do for my assignments. My days […]

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Hey, Did We Just Become Best Friends?

Friendships were so much easier when we were younger. We’d run down the street, knock on a friend’s door to see if they could play. And if they couldn’t? No worries, we’d see them at school the next day. Life was simpler when our lives revolved around the three-block radius of our school zone. Now […]

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New Year. Same Old Me.

It’s a new year. A fresh start. A chance to reinvent ourselves. As the clock ticked from 11:59 to 12:00, the entire world reset itself, and all of 2020 was flung back into the vicious black hole from whence it came. Orrr not. In reality, the clock ticked from one year to the next, we […]

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Hey Winnipeg, You Okay?

It’s midnight; I just finished submitting a paper (16 minutes before the deadline), and rather than writing this blog, I started scrolling through Insta stories. But instead of the usual barrage of cute babies, reposts, and so-so TikToks, I’m swiping through nurses crying, anti-maskers striking, bigoted gym owners spouting bullshit, and all of this happening […]

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Nihilism: What’s the Point?

Everywhere I look lately, someone is advocating for something. Maybe it’s my reemergence into the liberal education sphere, the American elections, or the pandemic, but my social media and conversations are littered with activism. It’s wonderful to see my community fighting against injustice, but the lack of progress is frustrating. I find myself wondering, what’s […]

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So, You’ve Been Left on “Read”

We all do it. We open a message, read it, and decide not to reply.  Sometimes it’s because we can’t think of anything else to say or we’re not interested in the conversation anymore; sometimes, we glance at the message and forget to reply as we do other things; and sometimes, we choose not to […]

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Social Distancing is Social Decency

The past six months have changed almost everything about our daily lives. We’ve gone from crowded lunchrooms and nights out with friends to home offices and zoom parties. Nothing is the same, least of all social decency. Trying to soak up the last dredges of warm weather, I’ve been going for walks almost every day. […]

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Let’s Not Fly Away: Flying During Covid

I love to travel, and, like many of you, dislike how Covid doesn’t let me travel. I cancelled two different trips this year because of the pandemic, one of them a four-week voyage back to the homeland (Italy). I was missing the thrill of planning a trip and seeing new places. Luckily, I still had […]

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Basic White Girl Season

I was reading Gin’s September blog last week, and I was like, “Yes, I do love toques, pumpkin spice, and everything nice.” Then I went, “Holy shit, I’m hella basic.” Fall is basic white girl season. It’s my time to shine and drink all the PSL’s in all its forms (have you tried the cold […]

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Her Bad Idea Review & Interview

Recently, I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy of Her Bad Idea, the seventh book in Sagan Morrow’s Polyamorous Passions series. Plus, I had the opportunity to interview Sagan about her own experience being poly, the fun she had writing three different narrative styles, as well as teases for the upcoming […]

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Is Bon Appetit Cancelled?

I’ve been thinking a lot about cancel culture lately, especially in regards to organizations.  I love watching food programs on YouTube (or FoodTube, as the cool kids call it), and one of my favourite channels was Bon Appetit. Unfortunately, in the surge of ousting racial inequality during the protests earlier this year, it was revealed […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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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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Homes Are Where The Old Are

The common room was large, roughly the size of a school gymnasium, and had tables and chairs situated with wide avenues between each set, room enough for a wheelchair or walker to glide through comfortably.  The walls were eggshell, the floor a grey speckled tile; there were dusty brown blinds opened at each window and […]

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Grief

He remembers how grief enveloped his mind, went burrowing in with a tear; went digging in to the center of his sight  and stayed there. A blot. An obstruction. Permanent. He didn’t notice it shrink, not at first, but rather felt the tweak at the corner of his lip, twitch, twitch, until it slipped into, […]

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More about Maria:

I’m a Winnipeg writer who loves brunch, my dog, and sarcasm. I like to write about body positivity, pop culture, personal growth, and a sprinkling of communications. Enjoy!