Resurfacing

Time seems to be speeding up, contracting and expanding. So many changes have happened. It is impossible to keep up and it is easy to lose my balance in the onslaught. It feels like it was just weeks before - not almost three years ago - that I sat in front of election results with an old friend on the phone. We both sat in horror and fear. I was in a panic, but eventually, I learned to lean...

Unintended Identities

When I first started out on my vegan experiment, I promised myself that if my health should ever start to fail on account of my new plant-based diet, I would stop and find a better way. Getting going was a little slow at first, especially as I had to master new ingredients, and more importantly, how to cook with them. Eventually, I was confident enough to start making more complicated dishes and...

Gifts

Today is Boxing Day, officially called a "bank holiday" it was the day after Christmas when the servants of the rich were given their bonus and given time off to go visit their families. Though I am neither a servant in the strictest definition of the word, nor am I a tradesman, I am taking the day to relax and reflect on the year and recuperate from a busy two days. I am not predisposed to like...

Reflections & Musings: Retrograde Redux

I It's been a long time since I've updated Inspiring Liberation. I've been struggling with a case of creative constipation and an allergy to feeling scrutinized. This was supposed to be fun, a hobby even. These past months it has felt more like a chore. Pretty dumb to have a blog then, huh? I'm sure you've seen how people treat each other. Just go to your favorite store and stand in line....

Magic: Playing a Long Game, Part 1

This story begins on Winter Solstice of 2010. For the first time in almost 400 years (the last one in 1638), there was to be a total lunar eclipse on the same night as the solstice. At the time, every aspect of my life seemed to be in a funk. Depressed, unemployed, and with Canadian immigration plans stalled, hitting the reset button seemed to be the best way to help get life out of the ditch. I...