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How I Learned to Let Myself Cry

So here’s what my day looked like: I got up, ate a really healthy breakfast consisting of dark chocolate and yogurt, turned the shower on and turned it off immediately because ain’t nobody got time for that, packed up my homework into my bag and tried to leave the house three times before realizing I… Read More »


The Phrase “I Don’t Get Along With Women” is a Load of Crap

A non-linear conversation prompted my relatively-new-friend-who-feels-like-an-old-one to explain her plans for painless aging: “If I make to it to 85, I’m going to start doing heroin.” “Are you making a Little Miss Sunshine reference?” I asked. “I’m glad you caught that,” she said. I chuckled, trying to ignore the familiar thought entering my mind: “This is… Read More »

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Today in Nostalgia: Slap Bracelets

Every week, Today in Nostalgia looks at the trends we once clung to, defended, and were ultimately betrayed by. Memberships to the Beanie Babies Official Club accepted; BYO clear plastic bra straps that were removable for some reason. Let’s do this. Trend: Slap bracelets Era of cool: 1990 – 1991 (roughly) Describe, please: Imagine a… Read More »


The Pregnancy Files: Words of Wisdom from Wise Mamas

“How will you manage your business AND a baby?!” “What’s going to happen to Shedoesthecity?” “Do you think you’ll be able to do it all?” These are questions I’ve been asked countless times since I first shared the news of my pregnancy with family, friends and colleagues. Here’s my short answer: I don’t know. Do I… Read More »


How to Hustle Your Way to Success in the Big City

“You’ve gotta hustle.” —Me, pre-Toronto relocation, circa 2010 As a self-employed artist living in the Big Smoke, I now totally get how this small piece of advice can feel more like a curse than sage counsel. Until recently I’ve resented the sentiment; it seemed too hollow and unauthentic—scampering from place to place chasing down jobs,… Read More »


The Ups and Downs of Being an Only Child

I am an only child. Thus, as you are probably aware, I am a selfish jerk. Thanks to some asshole named G. Stanley Hall, an early nineteenth American psychologist, peeps throw around the term “only child syndrome” like they’re all experts in someone’s biology and expect/assume me to be a spoiled, self-entitled brat. Hall even… Read More »


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