Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Ever notice that when there is less information provided, you automatically look harder, try harder, think harder in order to fill in the missing data. If you are told a girl is very young and nothing else, you will provide the supposed age, if a topic is deemed difficult, you will suggest which areas you …

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Identity Creators

Who are you? It all starts the moment you walk into a room. The facial and body scan, the behavioral check, followed by the detection of peripheral accoutrements (clothes, jewellery, latest tech gadget, car etc...). In the deeper phase, ascertainment of the provenance of said accoutrements may or may not follow. Et voila! The stranger, …

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Withdrawl

The trees outside the bedroom window are bare, as is the wisteria and the grapevine. I won't be here to see the eruption of buds and foliage that, each spring, never disappoints. Incredibly this same barren space will be bursting with luxuriant layers of flowers, leaves, insects and intense scents in a few short months. …

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls

What a read! A confession of sorts within an answer to a question..."What were you to my father?" A declaration of having existed on this earth and left a mark. The highs are dizzyingly so and the lows are lower than pond scum. Somewhere in between is the exercise of living. Living to do, to …

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Vermilyea Avenue

I was hit squarely with the strong distinctive odor of cabbage and fried schnitzel while descending the stairs from my friend's fourth floor apartment. Then, it happened. You see, my nose, having been accosted, sparked the memory which stopped me in my tracks somewhere between the second and third floor... And there we were. My …

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Cocooning for survival

Safe and cozy in our cocoons The last time the cocooning effect hit, the world had changed forever as we sat shocked into motionlessness watching the destruction and havoc of 9-11. Fear, anxiety and a will to survive drove us indoors and into our inner selves, to reclaim and hang on to what was truly …

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Chineasy by SHAOLAN

Back to basics Characters representing words placed on an associated pictorial (see cover page drawing where feet and a head were added to the two black strokes representing person). That is how SHAOLAN proposes to teach us the basics of the Chinese language. Intriguing. The author/artist/businesswoman came up with the concept while teaching her own …

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Talking Bail versus Jail in the Canadian Justice System

Our first entry of 2022 for The Interview Series is with Bail Supervisor Jo.B* MB: Good morning and thanks for agreeing to the interview. Happy 2022! Jo.B: My pleasure. Ah yes! Happy New Year to you too! MB: Right off the bat, although I am not suggesting yours is an odd profession, I have to …

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