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We don’t need Margaret Atwood to tell us we live in a dystopian universe.

 

 

I have to begin by saying I am not a fan of Margaret Atwood’s books. I did, however, recently read her seminal novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, because it seemed apropos given the current events we are witnessing. Moreover, it’s been years since I attempted one of her works. Since my brain has been rewired by chemotherapy, my taste in literature has changed slightly, along with my sense of smell.

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I’m Going To Hell

I’m a tad behind the times in political news, and in an effort to catch up, I’m here to tell everyone that yes, I am going to hell. If pressed to cast a primary ballot this very second, my vote would not go to Hillary Clinton. It would go to Bernie Sanders. Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem can chastise me all they want, but in my opinion, Hillary is not the right person for the position of commander-in-chief.

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Back In the United States

This essay was originally published on October 19, 2012.

If there is anything I’ve learned over the past three years, it is to never count on anyone but yourself. As much as we would like to believe that there are family members and friends who will be there for us no matter what (sometimes they might be), the majority of the time, we are our own best friends. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but thankfully, I’ve not only learned it, I’ve lived to tell about it.

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Hands Off the Milk and Gas! (A Trip To Costco)

This essay was originally published on August 16, 2012.

I’ll be the first to admit that a trip to bulk-behemoth Costco is never a pleasant experience, but for things like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and various other products, I’m willing to suck it up and brave the crowds every few months. For some people, though, Costco is Mecca, the place where they shop for outsize configurations of groceries, cheap clothing, gas, and just about anything they can stuff into their vehicles.

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A Tale of Two Countries

This essay was originally published on May 21, 2010

This weekend is the “May Long Weekend” here in Canada. Really, it’s Victoria Day on Monday, the celebration of Queen Victoria’s birth, in addition to the celebration of the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth’s, birthday. I’ll say it this once and get it out of the way: “God Save the Queen”. Do I have to turn in my US passport now?

I’ve long been contemplating the differences between my two countries and I’ve found the more similar they become, the more different they are. Does that make sense?

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