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Mistakes Are For Redemption

I’ve hated mistakes. Not other people's mistakes. Only my own. There was the time when I spilled a whole liter of milk right before my parents were going to a school function and Ma, when she saw the mess, went back into their room and took off her fancy dress and pulled on her nightgown, so she could clean it up.  There was the time I was participating in a debate … [Read More]

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Good News For Girls: No Apologies for Brilliance

How We See Ourselves: Your hair-free head might be a source of embarrassment. Or it might be another place to show off your beauty. Embracing all the features … [Read More]

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Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken

A few years ago I came across an Oscar Wilde quote that has remained with me. He says, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." Be yourself. Everyone else … [Read More]

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Happy July! Zine + Celebrations + Summer

The door to August is swinging open just as July's slips closed. Confession: I'm not ready. I'm not finished with July, because August plans to bring guests to my … [Read More]

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Parched for Community

By Katie Bergman Through bleary eyes I watched the beaten-up blue Tempo roll out of the parking lot and point southward. As two sets of hands waved their … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Americanah Discussion

To learn more about Americanah, read the introductory post. “Don’t complain. Be forgiving. If possible, make it funny. Most of all, do not be angry. Otherwise you will get no sympathy.” —To My Fellow Non-American Blacks: In America, You Are Black, Baby … [Read More]

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June Zine: Summer + Honour + A New Baby

Did you know that the SheLoves community is spread across miles and kilometers and oceans and provinces and territories and states? A few of the editors have the luxury of meeting up in person every month in Surrey, B.C., but not all of us are near enough. And … [Read More]

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When Who You Are Challenges the Status Quo

I was my mother’s difficult child—the non-conforming one, the kid who never followed the pattern. There’s just something about me that hates having to corset my heart and Botox my personality in order to fit what’s expected. It’s not that I want to be … [Read More]

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Learning to Lean

So exactly how authentic would you like me to be? Would you like some of the more grimy details related to surgical recovery? A picture of what it’s like to be suddenly down to one leg? Well, okay then. A little peek into our days just now, a glimpse of … [Read More]

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Sweet Tea and Sympathy for Invisible Women

By Melinda Jackson Lalrinthangi is invisible.  I meet her operating her makeshift vegetable stand in the golden rays of Northeast India’s morning sun. Cabbage, Bird’s Eye chilies, bitter gourds, okra. The sun has just risen over Mizoram state, illuminating … [Read More]

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