The Wisdom of Youth

You're 20 years old, haven't finished your post-secondary degree, have been dating a guy for 6 months, still live with your parents, and you come up with this winner of an idea: I'm getting married! Holy shit, what the hell are you thinking? Sorry, first reaction.  (more…)
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A few thoughts on Canadian politics

This past week, various headlines have caught my eye related to Canadian politics. The first was the controversy about Justin Trudeau coming out in support of Quebec sovereignty if Prime Minister Stephen Harper moved Canada backwards in areas such as same-sex marriage and abortion. The second was Vic Toews condemning anyone who opposed the lawful access bill as a supporter of child pornography (then adamantly denying it in the face of video evidence). The third was the long-promised elimination of the long-gun registry.  (more…)
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The World is Amazing

The more that time passes, the more accustomed we become to all the new gadgets and technological marvels that research, discovery, and innovation bring us. How many of us get up each day, reach for our smartphone, look at emails, check the weather, and scan FaceBook and Twitter, all before we even head out the door? How many of us listen to music at work, in the car, or at the gym on an iPod? How many of you are reading this on your smartphone or iPad or laptop right now? As for me, I'm writing this post on my laptop which wirelessly connects to the internet which, in turn, allows me to access the server that hosts my blog over half a continent away. How can anyone not reflect for…
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President Harper

The Liberal Party of Canada had their convention this weekend and out of it came a new party president in Mike Crawley (over the Chretien-era Sheila Copps), support for legalizing marijuana, and opposition to study severing ties with the British Monarchy. The first two decisions I agree with - the party's needed to step forward from the bygone age of Chretien for a while now, and it's good that a major political party has finally recognized the will of our nation's citizens (plus the swing of money spent on enforcing current marijuana legislation and new taxes into the coffers doesn't hurt). But this last decision I disagree with.  (more…)
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Pause and Reflect

I had coffee with one of my oldest and best friends today and she told me of a great idea: every New Years' Eve, write a letter to yourself recapping the year. What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What events and occasions did you celebrate? What were your accomplishments and triumphs? Then, the following New Years' Eve, you read your previous year's letter and write a new one.  (more…)
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