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Negativity Is A Boring Cycle

No other person can carry you through unhappiness. Most people will nod and say the right things but, ultimately, get tired of your negativity. Even when they are the people closest to you. Even when you have every reason to feel down.   I have, recently, been dealing with an onslaught of issues — professional,… Read more »

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Not The Best Day

I had meant to write about the summer heat today but… life got ahead of me, I suppose. Life got ahead of me in the sense that I was walking home from the subway station, witnessed an emergency situation, and ended up having to dial 911 for the first time in my life. There will… Read more »

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You Live How You Travel (And You Travel How You Live)

Recent (and slightly controversial) thought: travel does not always make people see things in a new  light. It is definitely one of the greatest pastimes out there but can still leave certain people as uninteresting as they are at home. We all know (and, on certain occasions, are) those types — these are the tourists… Read more »

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The Welsh Word for Homesickness

Do you ever feel homesick for something that does not exist? The Welsh even have a word for it: hiraeth, which loosely translates into a sense of nostalgia for something that you cannot go back to or that never existed. In my case, this means the life I had before coming to New York. It’s not that… Read more »

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Thoughts on Time.

I am not the first person to observe that time seems to speed up when you reach your twenties. That said, I am feeling this quite acutely at the moment — years seem to take on a much less monumental meaning than they did at different points in my life. I think you know what I’m… Read more »

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Proustian Madeleines

Ah, madeleines. Made famous by Marcel Proust in his seven-volume novel In Search of Lost Time, they are commonly associated with involuntary memory — in one of literature’s most famous moments, Proust dips the small cake into hot tea and feels transported back into a happy moment of his childhood, thinking about how his aunt used… Read more »

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Crepes and Times of Crisis

  When it feels as though bad news is taking over the world, is it okay to post about food and clothes and music? Over the last few days, I’ve seen several instances of people I know playing “social media police officer” — monitoring what other people post to point out that it’s inappropriate to… Read more »

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Expensive Ice Cream and Beachside Memories

  Ever notice how it’s the most ordinary sights that transport you back in time? This happened to me with an ice cream sign the other day. On a short visit to my hometown of Vancouver last weekend, I went on a walk by the beach and passed a concession stand that sold ice cream…. Read more »