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Most trials, besides tragedy and trauma, can be managed by the average person without too much suffering. As for positive, life-changing events, they tend to come in pleasant showers, one at a time, so that they can be welcomed and savoured. But mix an excessive amount of trials and positive, life-changing events into a short …

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stand up for yourself

I sometimes sift through the trail of my life, examining the versions of myself that brought me here. I see college theses that look like they’d been written by a far left renegade (really Aud, Turkey should join the EU?) and I see scribbles in hemp journals about the social and economic plausibility of philosophical …

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zooey deschanel

Feminism is a funny word. There’s a cultural aversion towards using it that intrigues me. Some feminists don’t want to be associated with it. Serena Williams, a stalwart on the tennis course and living personification of female empowerment and steely ambition, says she’s not one.  There’s something really fucked up about that. She is one, …

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public speaking

Most of us have heard about the research revealing how people worry more about public speaking than they do death. “I’d rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy,” was how Seinfeld put it.  I totally get it. My name is Audrey Shanahan and I am a public speaking scaredy-cat. The problem, however, is …

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hero

People fascinate me. When I’m introduced to a person I don’t usually examine things like the quality of their clothes or the calibre of their personal gadgets. I examine their body language and facial expressions for signs of kindness and a healthy sense of humour. I suss a person out through the words and expressions …

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saboteur

I got myself into a right stinkin’ funk this past week. Another way of saying it is that I got kidnapped by my inner saboteur. The saboteur is a right sneaky bitch; you don’t see her coming. We all have one. She saunters in like a good friend and says things like “Ah sure don’t …

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Green-juice-for-weight-loss

I’m certain that the world’s eminent psychologists have never deduced from any clinical study that being thin results in happiness. Personal happiness is a complex subject, and more and more studies suggest that true happiness is derived from our ability to cope with setbacks coupled with an optimistic outlook. Those are the most important things …

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Knee_Jerk_large

I was going to make this blog post about my health kick and , especially, my new juicing routine. I sat down to write it and then my laptop wouldn’t turn on. Instead of cursing at it and saying really mean and personal things to it about its general uselessness, I thought, “You know what, …

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wake up call

I’m a person who believes in the mystery of life. WTF does that mean? It sounds a little wishy-washy, doesn’t it? And totally non committal.  I guess in the basic sense I mean to say that I’m agnostic; that I haven’t settled upon a definite interpretation of how this universe of ours is cobbled together. …

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punch in face

I got a kick in the throat by the universe today. I know this fight well. Life sticks it to me every now and then. It goes like this: I declare that I’m going to do something great, then I slack off and the universe goes: “You didn’t really mean it, did you? Because if …

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