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How I got rid of those last ten pounds

When we started this blog for the documentary, I promised myself I would never go more than two weeks without posting. I also promised myself that I would never start a blog post with something lame and apologetic like, Read more

The way you look

I  don't flirt. Ever. Not because I don't know how, but because I just don't like to. Being funny had always been my technique as a server and it was more profitable and less exhausting to maintain than keeping Read more

I believe in Dog

I am selfish and lazy. While I have been working since I was 14 years old and like to think I have spent a fair portion of my life if not in the pursuit of bettering humanity then at least Read more

Gratuity included

It's 2012. I hope I don't need to remind anyone (other than Conservatives and misogynists, if you'll pardon the redundancy) that women are so much more than their looks. We are capable of anything we set our minds to Read more

Parental Guidance Is Advised

A couple of weeks ago, my brother Dan came up for Mum's 75th birthday celebration with his five kids (Paul, 18, Em, 15, Lauren 14, Jon, 12 and Briana, 6), all of whom reminded me of what is was Read more


I stand before you, a sinner. I have broken my word.  I have not practiced what I preached. I have failed! Contrition was a big thing in the 80's. People were always apologizing for something or other and apparently it Read more

On The Nature Of ‘Things’.

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‘Beauty, midnight, vision dies:
Let the winds of dawn that blow
Softly round your dreaming head
Such a day of sweetness show
Eye and knocking heart may bless,
Find the mortal world enough;’

W H Auden from ‘Lay your sleeping head, my love.’ Read more

Make Off!

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As a completely unexpected result of my no-shopping challenge, this year on my 39th birthday I stopped wearing makeup. A year ago that never would have happened specifically because I decided early on that cosmetics would be exempt from the challenge. My reasoning was that because I have rosacea and use prescription products to tone down my skin’s redness, I also need to wear foundation and concealer. And if I’m going to wear all that I might as well wear blush and eyeshadow and eyeliner and mascara. That was the reasoning then, but I now know it’s because I’d worn makeup for so long that I was convinced I needed it. Let’s be hyperbolic and call it Facial Stockholm Syndrome but the makeup wasn’t the captor, I was. Read more

Cottage Day EVERY Day

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When I spent summers as a child at the cottage with my grandparents I had a simple routine: wake up, put on my bathing suit, cover it with a t-shirt and I was ready to GO! Sunscreen? What’s that? Sandals? For amateurs only. My feet were like leather, tanned and thick-soled from days of running down the dirt road to the tuck shop and from wading in the shallow, rocky beach. My hair was either wet or about to be wet. My Miss Piggy bathing suit was tied tight around my neck and sagged at the bum. I was equally happy playing with Amy and J.C., who were there every year, or with the kids who only showed up for a week or two. I had sunburned cheeks, and freckles and tan-lines and mosquito-bite scabs, and bruises from tripping on that one tricky plank on the dock. I was in bed by sundown, every night, and slept the sleep of the feral, lake-soaked angels. Read more

5 ways to get people to click on this post.

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1.Don’t mention that it’s a piece on the slipperiness of the term ‘sustainability.’

2.Use an attractive and provocative featured image.

3. Avoid using the term paradigm at all costs.

4.Use the current meme of titling posts as lists of things and then reference it as a sly way of getting people to read a post that isn’t about lists.

5. Make up a half-clever list to make sure people aren’t too annoyed when they realize #4 is true.

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A Higgs boson is not a kind of shoe.

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So– the universe, as we understand it, is a slightly less mysterious place today. CERN in Geneva has announced that there is a reasonable chance that the Higgs boson, a particle that underlies the basic fabric of the universe, has peeked out from behind the veil and announced it’s likelihood. This is huge news mostly because it seems to confirm a basic tenet of quantum theory. In turn it shades the whole of Quantum Physics as something other than the complicit and deranged ravings of remarkably imaginative madmen. Also it justifies the billions and billions of dollars required to build the particle accelerator necessary to actually confirm the existence of the aforementioned particle. (In fact the particle hasn’t been seen so much as it’s left a teeny-tiny footprint while casting an equally teeny-tiny shadow but that, apparently, is the way things work when your dealing with the scale in question.) Read more

“The Organized Creation of Dissatisfaction.*”

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                           “…create the wants it seeks to satisfy.”

                                                — John Kenneth Galbraith. Read more

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.

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A job is just a job, but bartending is a lifestyle. Read more

Head-Body, Head-Body*

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I’m a little bloody, a little punch drunk, but I’m still standing.

Less than 24 hours to go before I can officially shop again and I’m pretty excited. I’ll be honest, there were a few times I faltered, a few times I thought about cheating, or just giving up entirely and who’s to say I won’t still? Anything can happen. I might get drunk and wander into a designer trunk sale at the mall. A truck full of Marc Jacobs dresses could overturn in my yard, which would be the first sign of the Shop-pocalypse. But I believe even if that happened I now have the tools necessary to survive. I’ve learned a lot about myself this past year, and I’d be a bitch if I didn’t share some of that with you. Actually, sharing this with you doesn’t preclude me from being a bitch. The two aren’t mutually exclusive concepts. That’s something I learned this year, I’m a complex and often unpredictable creature, but enough about me. No, just kidding. Back to me… Read more

The public scrutiny of squirrels.

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There are many inherent contradictions embedded in what seems to be the human condition. We all seek security while railing against anything that constrains our personal freedoms. Truth and wisdom are some of our most valued commodities yet we incessantly engage in wilful self-deception and asinine behaviour. We value fidelity while celebrating diversity and new experience… and so on, ad nauseum. The seesaw of human desires and emotions would be a tired catskills punchline if there were actually a god. But one of the most difficult examples of these contradictions is our relationship to beauty. There is a tacit implication throughout history (platonic ideals and Helen of Troy just for instance) that beauty is a somehow universal and shared aesthetic. How can someone not see that flower or Porsche or Angelina as beautiful?

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Here’s some awesome.

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Here is the first of many promotional posters for the film. It is from an original photograph by our friend and professional photographer Andrew Balfour.  Enjoy.

Yep. I said AWESOME. As in SOME filled with AWE.