Category Archives: Personal

Story from the Chronic Pain Chronicles

Increasingly, there are stories in the media about the opioid epidemic happening in Canada, and particularly in the Prairies. People are taking opioids–fentanyl in particular–recreationally, and consequently, many are overdosing with a significant percentage of them dying as a result. … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day 2017

We see you, men. We notice what you do (and don’t) say about your partners. How you support them, praise them, lift them up, love them. We watch when you don’t comment about cases of violence against women in the … Continue reading

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Tattooed.

Tattoos as self-care. Tattoos as decoration. Tattoos as tenacity. Tattoos as strength. Tattoos as the past. Tattoos as preparation. Tattoos as storytellers. Tattoos as resistance.

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The Line

Where exactly is the line between being an egomaniacal asshat and having humility when it comes to your accomplishments (in academia or otherwise)? How many folks in academia downplay what they’ve done while others think They Are Brilliant And Everyone … Continue reading

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That Awkward Moment When…

I just came to the realization a few days ago the reason why many of my undergrad marks were bad was because I was so sick all the time. Not surprisingly, when I got better, my grades did, too. It’s … Continue reading

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I Am Not From Here

Over the last year and a half or so I have been thinking about why Edmonton does not feel quite right to me. I have this feeling of uncomfortable-ness that isn’t anxiety, and isn’t fear, but nevertheless I do not … Continue reading

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Why I’m Here

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why I “got into” academia, or why I decided to put myself through the sado-masochistic exercise that is a PhD program. The reason isn’t anything prolific or inspiring, but it’s definitely very “me”. … Continue reading

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