Bliss

May 15, 2015

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This third floor apartment
Ain’t gettin’ me any closer to the stars,
But I feel as though
My feet are so far off the ground
And I’m still scared
Of heights.
I’ve been swallowing tacks,
Biting my tongue
And holding out hope
That something good will prevail.
Where to turn, what to do –
Questions are out-pacing answers
These days
And I’m weary,
Blistering
In search of bliss.

Breathe to Dream

April 15, 2015

Writing helps me breathe
Like carbon for the trees
I take the bad
And turn it into good
Internalize it all
Just like you knew I would.

Trees and birds passing notes
I’ve got this place that no one knows
They’ll never find us there
So leave behind your worldly cares.
This is where yours and mine,
They can unite
And all our dreams can finally fly.

Confidence

April 14, 2015

Is confidence a choice?
A conscious decision to silence
The voices that run rampant,
Party with a penchant,
Taking much more than their share.

Is taking the staircase
All I need to do
To escape this self-despair?
Can I climb out from this basement
That knows no sunlight
If only I’m wise and brave enough to realize:
There is still a place where the sun shines.

I think that maybe – just maybe – confidence is but a choice,
A conscious decision to silence my inner critic’s voice.

Originally posted on Humane League Labs:

SomethingBetterRevisedCoverBetween July 2013 and February 2014, Humane League Labs carried out a large-scale study to determine what elements would make a pro-vegetarian booklet more effective at inspiring young people to reduce their consumption of animal products. This study examined:

  • whether it is more effective to focus primarily (three out of four relevant pages) on the cruelty done to farm animals, or to focus primarily on the health benefits of eating vegetarian (cruelty vs. health)
  • whether it is more effective to discuss all common farm animals (pigs, cows, and chickens), or to discuss only chickens (all animals vs. chickens)
  • whether it is more effective to focus primarily (four out of six relevant pages) on the reasons why to go vegetarian, or to focus primarily on how to eat vegetarian (why vs. how)

The study was carried out as a full factorial study, meaning a booklet with each possible combination of the above three variables was created and used in the…

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Nerdtacular

September 4, 2012

Today was the first day of my second year of school. This may or may not be my last year (it should be, but I haven’t decided just yet if I’m going to take two years to finish and do it part-time because I have disability status – which would be easier on me, and should be the easily chosen best choice, but we shall see – or just try givin’ ‘er and doing it all this year).

I’m feeling pretty nerdtacular right now, to be honest. I feel like all I talk and think about is journalism, having just finished a three week stint interning at CBC Radio 3, signing up to write for a local entertainment website, and amassing a small writers’ fortune of books on all things writing.

Perhaps nerdiest of them all, though, is that I will be getting my (I’ve-always-wished-I-had) glasses in the next day or so. Lois Lane results are not typical or expected, but I’m still pretty excited about it all.

I love new notebooks, pens, paper, and binders, and this time of year really IS the most wonderful in those respects, as much of the school supplies I love so dearly are on sale ’round now.

I’m not sure yet if the vertical labret piercing I took the leap and FINALLY had done last night counters or adds to the nerdiness I’m oozing, but at least it’s something to keep me busy with getting used to.

Racoons

August 1, 2012

For the second day in a row, I was fortunate enough to encounter a trio of baby racoons today!

I saw the first set with their Mama last night at Stanley Park while looking for parking because I was going to go watch the Fresh Air Cinema showing of Grease at 2nd Beach (which I ended up deciding against since I didn’t think I’d be able to find a place to sit once I got there because I was so late). I just drove by these adorable little guys in a grassy area near Lost Lagoon.

Today, however, there were three little babies scurrying up and down a tree right in front of my car when my friends and I came out of the Squamish Public Library (yet another great reason why you should use the library – you never know who you might meet!).

I was also lucky enough to have a camera with me to capture the moment in all of its adorable glory. I wonder what they told their Mom when she got back from wherever she was…

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