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Julie smoking a cigarette.

What I learned from my visit to the Island.

People always warn me about moving to a remote place. “The healthcare isn’t good there.” I would argue that healthcare as a whole includes access to fresh and local foods, a slower pace of life, and access to clean air. The first thing I remarked to my partner when I stepped foot on the ground in Charlottetown was that I could smell the salt in the air. It smelled good…

Artists don't stop.

Artists don't stop.

They wait, or they repress. But once born an artist, you’re always an artist. This is a personal story. Music has always been a trigger for me. “Trigger”, these days, has a negative connotation. But, in my case, music has always triggered a deep desire to create. Music is the ‘on switch’. Tonight, while listening to Fleche Love, the switch was tripped and I went down memory lane in my head

Why I talk to Uber drivers.

Why I talk to Uber drivers.

I took an Uber to a local store today to buy myself a new microscope. An Eritrean man, we started talking about culture and immigration. “You speak Tigrinya, right?”. A huge smile appeared on his face. “You know that?!”, he said. Of course. I’ve known people from all over the world, including Eritrea. I remember what people tell me and I store that in my little ‘bank of stories’ inside my head…

Salary negotiations 101

Salary negotiations 101

Here's a little primer on how to deal with salaries for professional jobs. I've written this with academics and private industry professionals in mind, but it can apply to almost everyone who is applying to jobs where the salary scales aren't published. I know you...

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That mid-life question mark

That mid-life question mark

The world isn't like it used to be. The prescribed 'get a job, get married, get a house, have kids, retire with a full pension' life that our parents had doesn't really exist anymore. Things have changed. I grew up with the mindset that if you changed jobs too often,...

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Five things I learned in 2019

Five things I learned in 2019

1) I changed my relationship with social media In January 2019, I took the entire month off from social media and doing so completely changed my relationship with it, and with the world. I reconnected with ‘real life’, I read a lot of books, I enjoyed in-person...

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Why I talk to Uber drivers

Why I talk to Uber drivers

I took an Uber to a local store today to buy myself a new microscope. An Eritrean man, we started talking about culture and immigration. "You speak Tigrinya, right?". A huge smile appeared on his face. "You know that?!", he said. Of course. I've known people from all...

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Do things the wrong way

Do things the wrong way

As I delve further into the microscopic world, I’m discovering some interesting parallels between playing with my microscope and playing with my camera.  I’ve always been a photographer who wanted to know as little as possible about the technical side of things...

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Become what interests you

Become what interests you

I listen to a lot of comedy podcasts.  More specifically, podcasts hosted by comedians.  I don’t watch a lot of stand-up, and in a lot of cases, I’ve never watched their specials.  But, I absolutely love their podcasts. Why? Because when comedians get...

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How do scientists sleep?

How do scientists sleep?

I wasn’t tired last night, and with DST, we got an extra hour so I figured, what the heck, I’ll go back to my microscope.  Big mistake. See, I found some old pond water at the bottom of a Gatorade bottle and figured I’d take a look at it. Lo and behold, there was...

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On the over-complication of things

On the over-complication of things

I’ve had quite the day.  You know, the kind of day where you find yourself staring blankly at the person across from you with those "are you fucking kidding me?" eyes. Things were so ridiculous today, from dealing with university bureaucracy to dealing with overly...

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For the love of a microscope

For the love of a microscope

I bought a microscope a few weeks ago.  It has changed my world. I’ve been trying to write an article on this topic for a few nights now, but I’m struggling with it.  The truth is, I’m having a hard time describing in words what this experience has been...

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Awareness is a bitch

Awareness is a bitch

If you do not set your own priorities in life, other people will set them for you.  That’s probably the biggest life lesson I’ve learned in the past year. Whether those priorities are determined by work, by family, by friends or by social pressure to conform to...

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The reality of the working world

The reality of the working world

The reality of the working world is that no one wants to talk about the reality of the working world.  This is my conclusion after twenty or so years in the white collar (and sometimes tshirt and ripped jeans) world of IT work.  It doesn’t matter how hip...

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