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A Mixed Tape for Swarm

Despite the fact that my mother studied to be an opera singer in the 1960s, I’m not a very musical person. I mean, I make up silly songs about everything, especially our growing collection of animals, but I don’t listen to a lot of music. I write in silence because I find any sound pulls […]

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lost in translation

Last May, in downtown Santiago de Chile, I found myself laughing my head off in a brightly-lit diner. It was around midnight and a few of us, gripped by hunger, had sauntered up the street from our hostel to find something to eat. Little did we know the menu would prove more entertaining than the […]

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sunbathing and sea burial in miami

A couple of odd bits of news from Miami, Florida popped into my in-box today, sent by TravelMole. Together, they summoned an image of that strange ocean-side world, so different from the wintry view out my window. How fun! The first is a newly offered guarantee from Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. They’re promising a […]

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lauren is…

finally updating her blog! Lauren is excited. Lauren is giving her dog a cookie. Lauren is out in the garden, going to bed, packing, off on an adventure, back to work. Lauren is procrastinating.  For many of you the above claims might make no sense at all. But if you’ve been bitten by the Facebook bug, they’re probably […]

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one man’s junk – vince’s, actually

One of my first major publications was a piece for the Globe and Mail’s Facts and Arguments section. It was an essay about diving dumpsters – specifically the one behind the supermarket near my house. We were finding food, all kinds of it: loaf after loaf of delicatessan-style bread, pounds of butter, lots of veggies, and even, one day, a mushroom lasagna. Dumpster […]

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