Recent Episodes

My friends and I were walking in the streets of downtown Vancouver during a warm summer night. I was wearing a cheesy dollar store tiara and sash that identified me as the bride, I felt so celebrated, loved, and cared for at my bachelorette party. After going to two craft breweries to have a flight of beers – side note this was the first time I’ve ever had a flight of anything like that, so it was super fun. If you’re ever in Vancouver, check out Parallel 49 and try the hibiscus beer. It’s so good.

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When I was in grade one we were making a craft with a colonizer settler covered wagon, celebrating discovering the “great frontier” which I now know is a lie, but that’s another story.

Anyway, there we were: a bunch of six year olds coloring pictures of wagons, horses, and using safety scissors to cut them out. When we were ready to fasten the pictures of the horses to the wagon, we were supposed to go up the parent volunteer and ask them to help us use a brass fastener to join the two pictures so that the horses could move a little bit.

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My patient was really sick, with 7 or 8 medications running at the same time through their IV’s, a ventilator breathing for them, and another machine running to help their kidneys clean their blood. Everything was temporarily in it’s precarious balance as is so common in ICU patients.

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My partner and I were walking in the rainforests of Costa Rica on our way with our tour group to a family’s home that welcomed groups like ours to stay with them. The beautiful red, rocky path looked extra vibrant against the dense green leaves around us. The sun was shining through the forest around us casting those really beautiful patterns on the ground.

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It was shortly after I made the decision to change my name to Avery that my partner had gotten us a surprise art class for our wedding anniversary. I remember being so excited but also nervous to go because art was something that comes with a little baggage for me.

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