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Solar Flares: Keep Talking

Springtime means Spring Cleaning, and in a desperate effort to procrastinate the literal cleaning of my home, I have embarked on a sort of spiritual and mental cleanup. Among other things, that means a change to how I use social media and online communication, including Maple Danish, my mostly-mothballed blog, and Messymorphosis, my all-but-extinct newsletter.…

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Green Things to Love

In early March, my climate campaigning efforts dovetailed with my theatrical work (something I should be unconditionally happy about, but then I wouldn’t be me, would I?). Specifically, I directed two short plays by Nicolas Billon, a Quebecois playwright whose anthology Fault Lines won a Governor General’s Award in 2015. Both scripts dealt with environmental…

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How Queers Can Save the World

It’s Pride Week in Cape Breton. I live in a small city with an aging population and an island mentality which tends to keep residents thinking and behaving like they are about fifteen years in the past. And yet [does some quick math] that puts Cape Breton in 2003, which [does some quick history research]…

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Too Little, Too Late: California Edition

In the latest of modern politics’ endless series of unimaginable happenings, Californians are soon to vote on whether to separate their state into three: North California, California, and South California. It’s safe to say that for most people who don’t live in the state — and probably even most who do — this initiative makes…

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