News Appetizers! Cheaper and more delicious than the entrees you’ll get elsewhere.

Whoooo, what a week. We are incorporating these news-bits into our weekly schedule, so look for roundups on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. And since today is Monday, let’s just jump right in. Read More News Appetizers! Cheaper and more delicious than the entrees you’ll get elsewhere.

Why This Slut (Probably) Won’t Be Walking

A few years ago I picked up the nickname “drunken slut” within my family (the comedy, you see, comes from the fact that I was the total opposite at the age of fifteen). The nickname rings a little differently now since, on occasion, I am drunken and I’ve done things that could qualify me as a “slut” in some people’s eyes. Still, it’s all in good fun and I don’t mind one bit. Read More Why This Slut (Probably) Won’t Be Walking

I’m Not Cute! I’m A Canadian!

So, I live in Canada, which to most readers means I’m your neighbor (or, as I would spell it, “neighbour”) to the North. As most of you are surely aware, the Royal Couple, Will and Kate (a.k.a. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), were up in these parts last week for a royal tour of the country. While here, the newlyweds played hockey, donned cowboy hats, rowed dragon boats, took a cooking class, and posed for photos with an actress dressed up as Anne of Green Gables. Watching the numerous news montages (and believe me, if there’s anything that the Canadian media do well, it’s making self-aggrandizing video montages), I was struck with a mixture of pride and annoyance: we came off like such a civilized people, a calm people, and just really freakin’ twee. Read More I’m Not Cute! I’m A Canadian!

The Good News Out of the Canadian Election

The Carey house slept fitfully on Monday night, our last night in our Midwestern U.S. home under the same media blackout that kept Canadians in later time zones from knowing the results of polls in the Atlantic and eastern Canadian provinces. We woke, of course, to several surprises (though they’re currently pending recount in a number of ridings, and some of this may change). Read More The Good News Out of the Canadian Election

Redrawing the Canadian Political Map

When the Canadian election was called on March 25, I was certain of the outcome. For the past five years, Canada had been tangled in a Conservative minority government. I believed that when we emerged post-election we would end up in exactly the same place as we were before. In fact, what has emerged during this election campaign has been breath-taking. It has gone in directions that few expected. Read More Redrawing the Canadian Political Map

Oh, Canada! An Election Primer for the Otherwise Clueless

I’m a U.S. American living in Illinois but (as of last Wednesday) married to a Canadian and making plans to move to Toronto in less than two months. The past couple of weeks have been really tumultuous in Canadian politics, and as comfortable as I am with the intricacies of the U.S. political system and the generalities of many others, the process of an election in a new country has been surprisingly hard to wrap my head around. My poor American brain with its overloaded political-awareness lobe couldn’t quite deal.

Read More Oh, Canada! An Election Primer for the Otherwise Clueless

Just Boot It.

I live in Canada. The snowy, icy land where the mighty polar bear reigns supreme and all you can see is blizzard for miles around. Okay, maybe not.

Read More Just Boot It.