Category: Life

Quarks

Last night I had them all. Words stacked like paper cups, each fitting perfectly into the one above. Puzzle pieces make a picture, but a stack of cups makes a good party, and I would have been witty and wise – just mysterious enough to keep you interested, just interesting enough to keep you by […]

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Remembering Stanley Handman

During World War II, my grandfather was one of thousands of Quebec men who enlisted to fight overseas, a position that was especially important to him as a proud Jewish man. His first assignment was with the Victoria Rifles, but he transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment so that he could ship overseas. Officially, he […]

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Misty Morning Ferry

The ferry leaves in the morning. My bag is packed, sitting by the front door. The curtains are drawn, but I don’t need to see out the window to know what’s there. On the horizon my islands disappear into misty mountains, sea and sky fading into beautiful deep grey between them. I haven’t decided if […]

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How to Survive at Sea – The Dangers

Welcome to the final part of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. The Dangers at Sea I leave you now with a warning about life at sea – there are many dangers […]

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How to Survive at Sea – The Rest is Prison

Welcome to part nine of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. The Rest is Like Prison Cruise ships run on a sort of weird pseudo-military/sleep-away camp mentality. The hierarchy is strict, the […]

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How to Survive at Sea – The Sex is Like College

Welcome to part eight of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. The Sex is Like College Remember when you were in college, and life was an endless rotating panorama of wild drunken […]

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How to Survive at Sea – Sexism and the Piano

Welcome to part seven of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. Sexism Weighs About As Much As a Piano There’s a lot of fun to be had working on a cruise ship; […]

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How to Survive at Sea: Guess Who’s Eating at Dinner?

Welcome to part six of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. Guess Who’s Eating at Dinner? Now that you’ve decided where to eat, you have to tackle the complicated issue of who […]

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How to Survive at Sea: Where to Eat

Welcome to part five of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. Where to Eat Remember when you were in high school, and there was a constant push and pull of who was […]

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How to Survive at Sea: The Friendships Are Like High School

Welcome to part four of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. The Friendships Are Like High School I’m pretty convinced that the drama and antics of high school have nothing to do […]

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