It’s 6:30 in the morning and my phone is ringing. I stumble out of bed, pick it up, and am greeted with the dial tone. I look over at the birdcage hanging in a stream of early morning light. I then hear my cell phone, our old phone, a dump truck backing up and our [...]
Archive for 2007
It’s hard to say why one person will have cosmetic surgery done and another won’t consider it, but generally I think people who go for surgery are more aggressive, they are the doers of the world. It’s like makeup. You see some women, who might be greatly improved by wearing makeup, but they’re, I don’t [...]
I have never really been interested in participating in sports. I was in the usual activities in school gym classes and my parents enrolled me in community soccer in the summers, but I never was great at it and I rarely enjoyed being part of a team. In middle and high school I did like [...]
I am about to start a job search again. I am currently an academic researcher in social science, my third “career” so to speak since I finished my bachelor’s degree in my early twenties, and I find my work very fulfilling and interesting. However, the downside of the job is its instability due to academic [...]
The niqab, or the face veil, has by now become an infamous symbol of fear—whether it is fear for those “poor oppressed” Muslim women, or fear of their “crazy, suicide bombing” brothers, husbands, fathers, or sons; or maybe even fear of them. Regardless, the niqab has now become associated with controversy whichever arena within [...]
The cake was barely cut. The flowers hadn’t started to wilt. The ink was still drying on the marriage license. Yet, for the third time that day, I found myself face–to-face with the one question that, apparently, will follow me everywhere I go from now on. The one question everyone in the free world [...]
This article was written by mother-daughter team, Alaina Roach O’Keefe and Elizabeth Roach
Summer, the time of year when one enjoys long, languid days by the pool or playing volleyball on the beach, relaxing at the cottage in screened in porches, gardening, cycling, or just simply enjoying a weekend retreat with family. Summer is also the [...]
If you lost your job, where would you turn? If your house was destroyed in a fire where would you go? If life as you knew it was interrupted, where would you seek solace? In 2006, 572 women turned to The Salvation Army Florence Booth House.
Located in Toronto’s downtown core, Florence Booth House was opened [...]
I have always been career minded. Since I can remember, I have vowed to put school, then university, then work, first. When I finished school, my parents had to practically force me to take a “gap” year before university. I was so worried that if I took a year off my peers would get ahead [...]
It has recently come to my attention that some women coordinate their bras and panties. And they don’t just match colours: they buy the sets together. One of my friends won’t buy the bra if there is not a matching panty available.
I was shocked. Speechless, even. Don’t get me wrong: I like to get dressed [...]