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30 days of writing

Posted on September 1, 2014

Few days ago I posted an invitation on Facebook for anyone to join me in writing for 30 days in a row for the entire month of September:

“For all my dear creatives – anyone wants to kick off a month of September with a commitment to daily writing? 30 days. In a row. I have done this in the past, and never felt more clarity. I miss it. Who’s in?”


I think part of me was hoping that the comment would go unnoticed, and hence, I would have an excuse to not do it myself. [Are you following that logic? Me neither.]

Instead, close to 30 people took me up on the offer.

Perhaps, it is something about the fall. About the school year. Indeed, this September will be the first September in over two decades that I am not tied to the school year in any way, shape or form. It’s just another month. Weird.

The rules? I’ll be following the morning pages practice as per Julia Cameron.

“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing,
done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*–
they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about
anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes
only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and
synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put
three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”

But, of course, it IS your own damn life. Make your own rules. Write one page instead. Write ten. Write one haiku every day. Or commit to a daily blog post for the entire month.

What do you have to lose? Time. That’s always the case. That’s often the only currency we have.

What do you have to gain? Everything. Answers. Clarity. Serenity.

Not a bad trade-off if I say so myself.

Oh, and if you are terrified, even considering something like this, I say you go for it. Scared shitless is a good place to be.

Do you want to join? It’s not too late.

Email me at, and I will add you to the super-duper secret FB group.




#coffeefetish ideal coffee @ Ossington, Toronto

Posted on August 29, 2014
People of Ossington seem to wear plad shirts and skinny pants, and prefer their coffee slightly acidic and ethically sourced. Although I bet, if you were to ask any of these decaf Americano-chugging, into-their-Apple-laptops-squinting human beings what the hell ethically sourced means, you wouldn’t get a straight answer. Baristas...
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4 reasons I won’t be doing the ice bucket challenge

Posted on August 27, 2014
Just like bazillion of you, I have been recently challenged to do the ice bucket challenge. Yeah, yeah, to raise awareness for ALS. Funny, how this little detail almost gets lost in the shuffle. Now I like a crazy challenge as much as the next barbwire-crawling gal (Tough Mudder...
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Dennis Buchanan at 2:10 am Aug 28
I can't really agree with you on this one. Number one is a legitimate would be nice if these bandwagon folks could be bothered to actually understand what ALS is...but still, this is a fundraising initiative, and as a fundraising initiative, you can bet that every other charity in the world is asking "How can we replicate that?" On the water issue, most people (outside of drought zones...yeah, I might raise an eyebrow at Californians doing this) water their lawns on a regular basis, in quantities that make this look like a drop in the bucket, so to speak. While there is no question that North Americans need to improve their water economy, pouring a bucket of water on the grass really isn't wastage by most standards. Thirdly...and this is the big one...I seriously doubt that 'charitable displacement' (good term, by the way) is likely to be a large-scale issue here. The beauty of this grassroots approach is that it's attracting small non-hardship-level donations on such a large scale, yet most of these donations will *not* likely change other donation patterns. Most of these folks probably don't give in the first place, and for those who do, a $10 or $100 donation probably doesn't get them the tax receipt they typically look for. (Yes, it's displacing something - every budget has to balance - but that's not necessarily other charitable giving.) As for the McLean's article, I read that recently...I find the $/death calculus to be a little cold. Yes, ALS is rare, but it's a horrible way to die, and we're still quite limited in terms of treatment options. Don't misinterpret me as minimizing the significance of heart disease - with my family history, every Big Mac probably takes six months off my life - but you can't just compare on number of people affected alone: The average age for a first heart attack is some 20 years after the average age for ALS, and bears pretty decent long-term survival odds if the attack doesn't kill you (which, let's face it, if you had to pick sudden cardiac death versus ALS, it's kind of a no-brainer). So while heart disease research continues to be important, you can't seriously argue that ALS funding should be limited to 1.x% of heart disease funding to maintain the $/death ratio. As for desensitization, that's a broader problem. We have cause after cause thrown in our face, and it does tend to lose its impact...but I'm not sure that's a compelling reason to stop doing it. I don't much respect the "look at how socially responsible I am" (see slacktivism), but if it gives people a reason to be it.

all I want for my birthday

Posted on August 26, 2014
*This post was written on August 25, 2014. Right. It’s my birthday today. To be completely honest, between running Tough Mudder blindfolded, guiding Rhonda on two our of her 20-day epic adventure, training, drinking coffee and simply enjoying summer, I kind of forgot about my own damn birthday. Which...
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Michael at 1:27 pm Aug 27
I'm your guy - for the 70.3 that is



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