Tag Archives: reflections

Life advice from a wide-eyed 20-something

— CN: DEATH AND MORTALITY —             Barcelona [live updates as of this writing] …Charlottesville…what can I say? What is it with all these rogue vehicles? A runaway car, or a similar attack out of nowhere, could … Continue reading

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In Chicoutimi (Catchup blog 4 of 4)

A few weeks ago, I was in Saguenay working on a couple of stories. Sitting in the ruins of the old Pulperie on a sunny day, I wrote this little reflection on my upcoming immigration limbo:   In Chicoutimi on … Continue reading

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When the letters stopped (catchup blog 2 of 4)

Despite all of the blood, sweat and tears in Winnipeg, I did meet some people who I liked and respected deeply. One person in particular, who I knew from work (I’ll call him Bruno) left an impression on me. We … Continue reading

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Dust to dust

I’m currently in Bremen, Germany, at a conference on Mediterranean migration. It’s quite a time for a migration conference, what with Donald Trump’s refugee ban, European countries making noises about paying off Libya to stop irregular migration and the shooting … Continue reading

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Loss, part 3 of 3

Among all the other madness that has happened this week, it was my friend Harold’s birthday. Harold is a singer, and among the many songs in his rich Irish-Quebecer repertoire are many from the great Stan Rogers, who was also gone … Continue reading

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Loss, part 1 of 3

It’s barely November and I know what this year’s theme is going to be…loss. The losses of David Bowie and Gene Wilder and Prince, sure, I mourned with my friends, in much the same way I mourned Brexit with my British … Continue reading

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World Peace and Hockey

In my line of work, sometimes you accept a proposed assignment because it’s part of an important public discussion (like my latest Canadaland story on police surveillance of journalists). Sometimes you accept it because it pays well. Sometimes you accept it because … Continue reading

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A day in the life

Immediately after I left the Aquarius, I went travelling for awhile to see friends in Quebec City and family in Baltimore. Around Labo(u)r Day, I got back. Since then, I’ve been freelancing– writing without the benefit of colleagues, all-you-can-drink coffee … Continue reading

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A pertinent coda to what I wrote earlier…

With thanks to my friend Nathalie Kleinschmit, and also to the original creator of the meme (if that’s you, please say something so I can credit you):

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Another year…

Well, well, well, another birthday… A few years ago I was wondering about the Birthday Threshold– when getting older stopped making you feel like a cooler, more sophisticated person and started making you feel like you’d just passed another landmark … Continue reading

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