On coming to terms with staying or why we need to dig in

I always thought I'd leave Nova Scotia. As a child I was the sibling who was more than willing to jet off whenever I had the opportunity—England with my grandparents, Portland, Arizona, Colorado, even Australia for two months the summer before high school began—often to the detriment of my personal relationships, because when you're young… Continue reading On coming to terms with staying or why we need to dig in

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Home is where you make it

When we find the perfect house there's no lightning strike. Just a quiet knowing, a certainty. The walls are painted the same blue we painted our own, and everywhere there is light filtering through giant windows. "I could live here," we say, again and again. It's out of the city and suddenly I'm suffocating in… Continue reading Home is where you make it

On repeat: Jennifer Hudson – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) ft. T.I.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY2PXJHsXno

Think of all the books you could read

I hardly read at all this year---19 books, which is still more than one a month but woefully short of 2012's impressive 70. To me this feels like an abominable failure. When I was younger (but not that young, not young enough to admit this out loud and not feel totally embarrassed) I was terrified… Continue reading Think of all the books you could read

On repeat: The National – I Need My Girl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_79sx6V3tU

The trouble with wanting

There's no control. No walking into a store and buying it. Just the wishing and waiting, like there's a room made for it, painted yellow to calm you. There's just the hope and the lung crushing moment when they say you're not quite good enough. Close, so close, but in the end just shy of… Continue reading The trouble with wanting

The Interestings, life, love and not knowing anything at all, ever

We get bound up in each other. It's inevitable. That's what makes life interesting—the push and pull of people, especially the ones that you yearn for in one way or another, although not always the way that they want. We make promises in our youth that lack the follow through of day-to-day living. We love… Continue reading The Interestings, life, love and not knowing anything at all, ever