Canadian Democracy Round-Up Fall 2013

It’s been a long year for this lil’ blog o’ mine, and a long year for democracy in Canada. Considering we’ve now passed the half-way mark between the 2011 federal election and the next one, I wanted to take stock, in a general sense, of what’s been going on around me while I was busy … Continue reading Canadian Democracy Round-Up Fall 2013

Ruby Sparks: A Refreshingly Quirky Film about the Cliche “Quirky Girl”

You all know the story: Intelligent Boy-Man has talent but no direction. Intelligent Boy-Man has either no relationship or meaningless ones. Along comes the Quirky Girl. She’s Different. She’s an Individual (you can tell by her blunt bangs/blunt manners). She’s Damaged, but that’s okay, because she Just Might Be What His Life Needs, either indefinitely … Continue reading Ruby Sparks: A Refreshingly Quirky Film about the Cliche “Quirky Girl”

Got the Blues Real Good: The Case for Being Sad (Sometimes)

Something that has really been getting my goat lately is the increasingly prevalent notion that we shouldn’t ever be sad, that sadness is somehow not a natural and normal state for people to be in sometimes. Whether it’s groups pushing for “the blues” to be classified as some kind of medical disorder (that we can … Continue reading Got the Blues Real Good: The Case for Being Sad (Sometimes)