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Happy Birthday Mum

Today is my Mum's birthday where she is. I am 16 hours and 19 years behind her. When I turned 19, I was convinced that I would fall pregnant and have a baby like she did, and now, almost ten... Continue Reading →

Deadline: A Story that wasn’t (at the Moth)

So, recently I started going to a live theatre style thing (good word use me!) called The Moth.  The basic premise of The Moth (which happens all around the world) is that you go to listen to stories. It is... Continue Reading →

You can never go home

Home is a topic that has consumed much of my writing. The quest for it, understanding it, the ever present need to grasp what my home is and how that affects who I am in the world. When you live... Continue Reading →

5 things I learned after 5 days fostering the two derpiest dogs in America

Since moving to Los Angeles, one of the most dog friendly cities I've ever lived in, the idea of getting a canine companion has been pretty ever-present. I have my own place (and basically no furniture for a furry friend... Continue Reading →

Brand New: The first working week in the life of an immigrant in America

A week ago today I started my brand new shiny role in the US of A. After waiting for longer than expected in British Columbia (thanks to post offices being closed Friday and Monday for Easter - damn holiday loving Canadians)... Continue Reading →

Be nice to your sibling/s – they are your memory secret keepers

I am feeling a bit border locked as my passport (with my brand new US visa) is being held hostage by the Canadian postal service. Apparently it is something called "Easter weekend" and because of some guy who partied so hard... Continue Reading →

What if I fail? The story of how I finally got my visa and the chance to move to LA

3 months ago to the day today, I landed in Los Angeles. Today in Vancouver, I had my interview for my US visa at the USA consulate here, and it was approved on the spot (it literally took 30 seconds and she... Continue Reading →

“Would you rather that things were good, or interesting?”

I'm a big fan of quizzes. I think it all started with Australian tween magazines 'Dolly' and 'Girlfriend' (hands up if you remember) which we gals used to pour over on bus trips between Netball practises (Netball is a real sport... Continue Reading →

The most beautiful tree in the world

What defines something as the "most" or "best" anything? I remember the first time I came to the US. It was five years ago, 2012, and my friend Amanda and I met in Boston for a weekend trip. She flew... Continue Reading →

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