Why Cyclist Safety in Montreal is a Community Problem

These incidents are indicative of a problem that extends beyond reckless lane changes and forgotten blind spots.

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Run Stranger Run

There is a reason that people choose to sign up for races that you cannot fully understand until you sign up for one yourself. It’s only at an event that you get the adrenaline rush, the excitement, and the feeling that you are a part of an enormous community.

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Get What You Need

Communicating your needs can be tricky because oftentimes you’re worried that you might offend someone, hurt their feelings, or seem presumptuous.

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Falling for Fall

There are still lots of ways to make new connections before the weather turns cold and we all want to stay bundled inside our apartments with a few choice people

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Help Wanted

Being self aware enough to recognize that you need help and then knowing how to ask for it is no simple feat, and at times it’s a necessary one.

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Changing Minds

This blog often talks about the power of conversation and all the wonders communication can bring, and I believe in every word that’s been written, but I’ve also been overwhelmed recently by how little impact conversations can have when it comes to changing people’s minds.

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The New Friend Zone

Once you’ve left school, it dawns on you how difficult it is to make new friends. There’s a vulnerability to it, and sitting in the comfort of our homes typing on our phones or computers lessens that vulnerability a bit.

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Talking to Yourself About It

Despite the negative connotations that go along with ‘talking’ to yourself, checking in with yourself, being aware of how you’re feeling, knowing how to express your thoughts and emotions, and encouraging or regulating yourself are all positive things.

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Lessons from an Original Hippie Commune

Many of the communes that began in the 60’s have since died out - largely due to an inability to support themselves financially. Twin Oaks has been successfully supporting itself since 1967 through production of hammocks, furniture, and most recently tofu.

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Reality

Reality is in itself an agreed upon fabrication of our collective consciousness, making the emotions caused by a dream – or a perceived reality – just as real as any other emotion.

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Emotion Palette

As humans, we have the unique ability to experience a colourful palette of complex, rich emotions: we can be green with envy, sometimes we have the blues and other times our faces are tinged red with embarrassment or rage.

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Talking To Strangers

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Updates and Reflections - July 2017

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Tiny Screens

Since the first brick hit the market, our phones have gotten smaller and smaller in the hopes of making our world feel a little smaller too, and while phones have made long distances feel small, they’ve also made small ones much bigger.

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One Size Does Not Fit All

The problem with using clichés as a way of understanding and giving meaning to someone’s current situation is that, although they are not necessarily false, they are incomplete and simultaneously oversimplify and minimize people’s experiences

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What to Expect When You're Venting

What is Vent Over Tea? What happens during a vent session? And, what happens after? The short answer is that this is different for everyone; the long answer is that the concept of our vent sessions depends on two imperative elements: a sense of intimacy and no prior relationship or necessary follow-up.

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Listen Between the Lines

Listening is the first step to being able to communicate with someone, but there’s more to it than simply hearing the words the other person says. We say so much with our tone, facial expressions, and body language that often our words and what we mean to communicate are completely different.

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Tech Talk

Sometimes, you know that you need to talk, you want to have a heartfelt conversation with someone about what you’re going through or what they’re going through, but there’s a barrier - distance.

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Coffee Talk

Imagine walking into a coffee shop and everyone who was working on their laptop or looking at their phone was instead talking to another customer.

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Escaping Escapism

Whether the stories are fantastical, realistic, silly, or dark, there’s a freedom that comes with allowing yourself to be engrossed in a fictional world. Sometimes we abuse this ability to avoid our own world.

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Small Talk for a Big City

It’s strange how you can be pressed up against another person in a metro car during rush hour and yet feel completely alone.

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Talk About It

... there are some things that are tough to talk about. Talk about them anyway.

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Chatter

I’ve been in therapy for my mental health issues twice. On both occasions, the second question I was asked was, “Have you talked to anyone about this?”

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The Loveliness of the Winter Blues

The cold wind sends shivers up your spine and puts a heaviness in your heart that wasn’t there before.

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