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In the chaos of Ontario’s pandemic response, getting vaccinated reminded me we are in this together

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My spouse and I barely spoke about the plan before we enacted it. There were delicate ways things could shift, change, and it could not occur at all. I didn’t want to jinx it by sending a text or saying these words out loud: We will get vaccinated tomorrow.

Instead…


We know about Mercury retrograde, but are you ready for Venus to turn around?

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I haven’t been outside in six days. My fitness tracker died. Without the stats, I’m blind to how little I am moving. Yesterday, I spent 20 hours in bed.

I don’t have a reason to check emails. I’m not working, and I don’t see a job on the horizon —…


I think too much, I breathe too shallow, I feel like I’m never going to leave the apartment again. Somehow, this all feels right.

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I don’t set my alarm anymore. When I open my eyes, it’s always 8 AM. My cat curls around my head, digs his claws into my temples to ensure he does not slip off the edge of what has become our pillow.

I check my phone — Instagram, Facebook, text…


I wanted to change my life — the virus did that for me. Why I’m never going back to the way it was before.

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It was Christmas time. I’d been working ten to twelve-hour days for three years straight and I needed a break. I thought I got it: a glorious couple of months between the end of one contract and the start of the next. …


I keep thinking I hear her coming down the hall, but my tender, feline companion is dead — and she’s never coming back.

Lua lies on the corner of my desk, soaking in the morning sun. Photo by A. Wrauley.

The day Lua died, I sat on the couch and purred into our younger cat, Little Buddy, when we heard a noise in the next room. Both…


Things you can do to help remedy what can feel like an incredibly overwhelming time in your life

Whether you’re going full-traditional, completely off the beaten path or landing somewhere in between, weddings can be bonkers. A month before mine, I found myself locked in a bathroom stall at work furiously searching on my phone for quick and easy stress-reduction remedies. …


Back pocket remedies when anxious thoughts begin to take over your body

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I was six when I first felt anxiety in my body, and they’ve never left my body.

In these quiet moments, my thoughts spiral so swiftly that, for the majority of my life, I didn’t think I could stop them. I had lived with anxiety for so long that I…


Out of the 22 films currently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the MCU), only 1 is female-led. Did this get my hopes up?

Spoilers ahead.

Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Endgame (2019) (From IMDb)

I went to the theatre on opening weekend to see Iron Man in 2008. When it ended, I felt like much of my real world frustrations had been thrown in my face.

“I’m upset that I paid to see a movie about a sexist, narcissistic, untouchable, billionaire, white…


Exploring, in truth + fiction, all the ways in which I scare myself in small-town Ontario

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A few months ago I impulsively booked myself into a single room of a spacious, shared house located in a small town off Lake Ontario in hopes of writing a book for a few days. The listing touted the room rental as the ideal place for writers and the comments…


How Christmas card envelopes that did not fit a 4x6 photo led me down a dark path

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Last Tuesday: me, on my lunch break, sitting in my cold rental car in an industrial, muddy, park-and-go 25 minutes west of Toronto licking forty envelopes so I can mail them four business days before Christmas. Five minutes earlier I was sitting there, taking selfies with a borrowed polaroid camera…

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