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Reading About A City While In The City: Some Recommendations

Whenever I visit a new city (or return to an old one), I make a point to pick up a book set in that place for the trip. No exceptions. It may seem like a weird and somewhat ritualistic approach to visiting places, but I feel that it makes me appreciate wherever it is that I’m… Read more »

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Some Realistic New Year’s Resolutions: Being More Mediocre

Now that we are two days into the new year and have all read and written enough sentimental year-end statements (my own included) to last precisely 365 days, it’s time to get serious. Facebook bucket lists, midnight debauchery and lofty promises to be be kinder, gentler people behind us, we have a whole year to make all… Read more »

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2015 In Review: New Feats, Constant Movement

While musing on the relativity time will not earn one any originality points, it feels like the second half of 2015 flew by at an unrivalled pace. In between graduating from university, at one point balancing four jobs, moving three times (one of them to New York City), starting graduate school, turning twenty-three and spending so much time… Read more »

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Creativity Refill

It’s hard to be creative. This thought probably hit me most strongly when I realized that while my dream job would probably include the word columnist in its title, I do not necessarily know what I’d write about. And that scares me, to some extent, because what is a writer without things to write about? Not much…. Read more »

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Enough Time? New York in Numbers

Have you ever stayed up late at night stressing about the fact that there is just not enough time to do all the things you’d like to do? New York messes with you like that sometimes, as there are so many things to do and so little time to do them all. While I do… Read more »

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10 Things You’ll Learn From Moving To New York

When I was wandering the streets with a camera for one of my class photo assignments, a woman with a strong British accent came up to me and asked if I was from New York. After some consideration, I answered that I was not, though I did live here now and could offer her the… Read more »

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The Urgency Of The Last Or Only Time

Ever notice how you sometimes need the urgency of something being the “last” or only time that you can do something for you to actually do it? In my own life, I think of the annual Celebration of Light in Vancouver as the best example of this. These fireworks happen every year over a period of a week and I… Read more »

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It’s A Charmed Life (On Instagram)

I had an interesting discussion with a friend yesterday. After both checking our Instagram accounts at the same time, we got on the subject of the social media platform and the way it encourages people to cherry-pick the best moments of their lives to then show them off to others. While she tended to view… Read more »

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On How I Hate The Heat or Some Ridiculous Ways to Cool Down

As temperatures in the high thirties continue to hit Vancouver, I am once again reminded of just how poorly I would get on in a truly hot climate. While 29°C is no 45°C that I once experienced on a not-so-beautiful winter day in Australia, it is just enough to bring out the complaining uglies in a truly temperate being like me. Despite a fairly… Read more »

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Mundane Lists: Small Thrills and Simple Pleasures

If you are like me, you get disproportionately excited about everyday things. While this fact is often reformated as bragging rights by those who want to give off the impression of effortless quirkiness, I truly believe that experiencing genuine excitement over little things is natural rather than weird or unsual. It is, after all, what gives us… Read more »