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Summer Sale!

Summer Sale!

In celebration of completing the Four Feasts till Darkness saga, I thought it was time for another sale! I also feel like a lot of us are still stuck indoors due to covid and/ or joblessness, and my writing is the only thing that I have to offer to the world at large....

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Finito

Finito

This week I finished a dream. It’s a weird turn of phrase, but there’s no other way to say it. I’m just working through the epilogue now, but the last draft is all but complete. Feast of Darkness, Part II, will be off to the proofreader’s next week. Whew. Wow. What a...

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Quarantine Is Over, the Danger Is Not

Quarantine Is Over, the Danger Is Not

At least here in Ontario, life and the economy are striving to return to the new normal.  However, as we move toward that goal—of curb-side retail and socially-distanced strolls through the park—we need to remind ourselves that still no vaccine or widespread treatment...

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A Nation of Strong Women

A Nation of Strong Women

“This article appeared in the August issue of Shelf” September 25th marks the annual: Women’s National Fitness Day. Some might wonder why such a day is needed or necessary, and the answer is simple: women are generally not encouraged into group sport or activity....

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Never Stop Moving

Never Stop Moving

It’s always nice when you close off a week feeling accomplished. Part of this is due to my new timekeeping system, whereby I record my daily activities and time spent. At first, I argued with myself about this level of micromanagement, though it’s been harder and...

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A World Gone Mad

A World Gone Mad

Coronavirus has affected more than our financial well-being, the side effects of a pandemic include: mania, hostility, aggression and some of the worst behaviour proliferated only when we’re at our most scared and vulnerable. I was talking about this with a friend of...

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A Little Joy

A Little Joy

These are tough times—mentally, spiritually. The closest moment in human history that bears any likeness to the imposed isolation we have going on at the moment would be a world war or great plague. At least in our generation, we have the ability to connect regardless...

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Proud to Be Canadian

Proud to Be Canadian

I’ve never been a nationalist, pedant or servitor to a cause. Even my efforts in activism usually stall when confronted with zealous ideologies. But I’ve never been more proud to be a Canadian. I didn’t vote for Trudeau for his second term; I went NDP, which wasn’t...

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Haruki on the Shore

Haruki on the Shore

“This article appeared in the October issue of Shelf” As this issue revolves around international literary treasures, I wanted to dedicate my article to a man as near and dear to my heart and interests that I would idealize us—metaphorically, not in terms of...

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Hidden Heroes

Hidden Heroes

As I’ve said before: accolades on social media are easy to come by and easy to give. There’s an effortlessness to encouragement, a watering down and simplification of sentiments where we can just post, retweet or share something without thought or—often—consequence....

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CAB Lit: The Total Package

CAB Lit: The Total Package

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to sit down and chat with health, lifestyle and relationship coach, Aviva Reimer. I recorded our chat for posterity, and also so that you could watch the whole thing, which I’ll suggest you do, down below :)...

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CAB Fit: No Gym, No Problem!

CAB Fit: No Gym, No Problem!

My prepared blog was thrown into the queue this week, given the escalation of events surrounding Covid-19. Just yesterday, our expansive and extraordinary fitness facility was closed for obvious reasons. If those reasons aren’t obvious to you: gyms are melting pots...

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