June Peonies – Oshawa/Toronto

This past weekend I visited the Oshawa Botanical Gardens for their peony festival. I’d never been before and I didn’t quite know what to expect but it was actually really nice. There’s an arena right next to the gardens and inside they had the peony contest going on where local growers had their best blooms…

The Importance of Stories

I love stories: my stories, my grandmother’s stories, strangers’ stories. To me, it is difficult for a story to be inherently boring. That’s what I love about them. Even the most mundane events can be made interesting by a good storyteller. I’d like to be a good storyteller someday. Whether you realize it or not,…

Self Respect

Self Respect. It means different things to different to people. But ultimately, it’s about people’s relationships with themselves. Each individual person determines what self-respect looks like for themself and no one else. Self-respect isn’t always seen this way, though. Too often people are told to “have some self respect.” Too often respect is confused with…

Saint Lucia: Castries Market

This March break, I found myself in Saint Lucia for an entire week. This is the second year my family has gone to the Caribbean, and I would be very happy if we went for the rest of my life. Last year we went to Jamaica, which is a whole other ballpark, compared to Saint…

“You’ve Changed” And Why That’s Not Always A Bad Thing

  People will often fall in and out of your life at different times. Sometimes this is because of conflict or distance, and sometimes it’s because people’s personalities have changed. Sometimes changes in your personality can happen over a few years, sometimes over a few months. It can be hard to see a person’s personality…