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The photo on the left shows what Jeff Harris was doing on that day.

Cyndi - Manitoba
January 30, 2009
I feel lonely a lot lately. Like I have been left behind but no one notices. Everyone seems to have someone, a career, their own place. I am still alone, in school, living at home. I feel left behind.

Andrea Kastner - Montreal
January 22, 2009
Making tea, at home and working on my last collage. Listening to good music, the light is beautiful, the downstairs is clean, I'm all bundled up in a scarf with the space-heater on. I have 23 more hours to get this collage done and then my show is the next day!

dean - toronto
January 16, 2009
I awoke earlier than usual to a freezing cold house. The power in much of the city had gone out the night before but Kari and I had managed to sleep well under the flannel sheets but the air outside was getting uncomfortable. Fortunately our good friends Adam and Lisa helped us to stay warm by offering us shelter in their house north of St. Clair.

Rosie - London
January 13, 2009
Today I got part of my GCSE results back from a recent examination for maths! Guess what... I failed like normal.

caroline - Powell River
January 11, 2009
I had the great fortune to participate in a traditional Salish sweat lodge in the rain forest of British Columbia. Very strong medicine! Hot hot hot the glowing stones, the hiss of the steam, the chanting, the drumming and the feeling of oneness. The residual effect was calming and a powerful sense of being at peace with the world.

barb derick - ottawa
January 10, 2009
I have to make a decision to have a lumpectomy or take my boob off. I am still in denile I think. I am trying to keep to my daily routine and keep things up like cleaning my apartment. I have tons of laundry to do and I hate laundry. I am busy finding poems to enter a contest, and finish other writings to put out there. I listened to Olivia Newton John's "A Celebration In Song" - it is great, Jann Arden is on it, Amy Sky too. Olivia is my inspiration to get through cancer, so is Gloria Estefan who went through such a hard time after her accident. Her CD 90 Millas is great. I have to do what I love and enjoy my life before it gets to serious in February with an operation. Dance, sing, laugh, be with people and do what you have to. Stick with positive people, do good things, live life, it makes you get real and do what you want to do NOW.

Pluto - Victoria, Canada
January 8, 2009
I heard Jeff Harris interviewed on CBC Radio, and my cat licked my pancake while I was out of the room... should I still eat it?... I ate it.

Z - Western Canada
January 7, 2009
Buttoning up an arctic coat, I wrap the little one and bundle him into his sled. It's the first ride in the Christmas gift I gave him. It's vintage wood. SnoGoose. Made in Canada. We're the only ones walking through the drifts. Ice. River. Keep walking. It's easier to think while we're in motion. I see the figure of a man approaching and turn around to avoid him. Alas, his dog catches up with us and sniffs at the baby under piles of blankets. "He's harmless". All dog owners say that. But he surprises me. The man shares stories of his former career as a teacher, and of losing his partner. These words linger: "I always knew I loved her. Now I understand how much I liked her." He continues to tell me of his career and how his life unfolded. It's calming and inspiring to hear his words and to think through my own beliefs about our paths. The truth is that we "win some and we lose some". We walk. Our steps in the snowy woods are the only sounds we hear. His dog runs ahead, tail wagging.

Aubrey - Lumby
January 6, 2009
Today I sat in a London train station against a big backpack full of things I don't really need and waited for the train to Edinburgh. I hoped that by sitting and watching a lumpy green landscape whiz by me would somehow make me forget that I have become emotionally static, alone, and without the comforts of snow peaked mountains that could cover me like a blanket and make me whole again.

Michelle - Ottawa, Canada
January 2, 2009
Do you ever feel like you're being fed garbage? As in someone's words are garbage. You're made to believe your ears are dining on the finest of foods and the sweetest wines, but they're lies... complete garbage. You get so used to the taste of garbage that you don't know the difference anymore. In fact, if you were ever fed the truth, organic and fresh, it would sicken you because you were so accustomed to filth. I'm not sure what I hear.

Marcella O - Victoria BC
December 25, 2008
I got an eviction notice and a cold sore. Merry Christmas!

Michael Leung - Hong Kong
December 24, 2008
I saw a Google Street View silver Prius. Nobody cared. It's Google and nobody cared?

Kimberly - North Pole AK
December 19, 2008
I was married to my first husband 10 years ago today. TEN YEARS! I am so happy that we divorced. My life is so much richer and fuller because of your decision to leave me for a mutual friend that we grew up with. If I were still to be married to you, I would have been stuck in Denver. Yeah... I still feel that I have given up a great deal from not being in Colorado, but one thing is for sure: I am happy and I have joy and those are things that I never had when I was married to you. Since our divorce, you have held 20+ jobs, 5+ 'long term' girlfriends, 2 additional unwanted children not even mentioning the unwanted pregnancies, can't continue paying the $55 per week per child that we had together. Good luck paying back the $19,000.00 in back support that you owe to the kids and being able to explain to them one day why you weren't able to see them at Christmas or Summer Break because of whatever addictions that you face regularly. I am happy to inform you, ex-husband, that I have a successful marriage with a successful business now. I volunteer for two organizations that I thoroughly enjoy. I do the things in life that I love: teaching, hiking, climbing, being outdoors, and hunting. I have a warm home with a nice vehicle and great people to surround me. I am sorry that those so close to you have 'abandoned' you. Maybe if you bit your tongue and didn't make an a$$ of yourself, you'd have more long term friendships. Cheers to being divorced and not celebrating 10 years with you because they would have been 10 years of HELL! I have never been more proud of a life decision ever. Yours in integrity and honesty, The Ex-Wife who really has moved on... and will always remind the next girlfriend and the next fiance who has your first born children...

anthony - the mountains
December 17, 2008
My Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer today and I was in Europe working. He had to drive himself to and from the consultation, and drive my mother to hospital. How fucking alone can you be? He's been cheated. He waited all this time for grandkids and now has two, both only year old and he won't see them grow up. My beautiful daughter has been cheated of a wonderful, funny, intelligent and loving grandfather. Driving from the airport to see him I spat at a church as I drove past and despised anyone who will ever try to tell me about the mystery of life and death and how God has his reasons.

erin -
December 15, 2008
I have been thinking about him so much lately. Today I spent way too much time thinking of the "what ifs". We haven't spoken in almost a year but I am amazed at the random impossible coincidences that bring us back together. This time takes the cake, what are the odds that the semester I decide to go to a country half across the world, he decides to take a job in that same country, within an hour of the city I will be living in. All I can think of is no matter how hard we try to stay away from each other, and no matter how terrible we are for each other, the universe refuses to give us any excuses.

Ginger - Cooptown, CA, USA
November 16, 2008
It has been over a year since I embarked on my culinary trip to Taiwan. I was there for six months, came back and enrolled in a hospitality program. Somehow over a span of two years I went from art, to gift industry trade shows, to teaching, to cooking, and now I am now working in a urgent care clinic where I wear scrubs daily. What strange paths our life leads us through...

Jeff Harris - Ottawa
November 14, 2008
I was arguing with my friend about whether he could find my hot sister on Google. Then I found out that there's a site with my name on it. Wow! I'm gonna call my smoking hot sister right now and tell her.

W.J.C. - Toronto
November 13, 2008
I was passed over for a promotion at work today. The job went to someone several years my junior here and I'm not buying my boss's explanation. The decision seems like it was personal. It feels pointless to work any harder than I already am in my current job because I am obviously going nowhere here. I should be working on my resume instead of blogging.

Me - U.S.
November 12, 2008
I'm completely in love with my girlfriend's best friend. It feels indescribably amazing and incredibly horrible both at the same time. I had almost forgotten what love actually feels like and it's nice to experience it again. But it kills me to know that I could be that guy, the one who leaves someone for their closest friend. I tell myself it isn't real, that it's an infatuation, but it doesn't work. It hasn't worked for over two years now. I feel so alive when she comes around and so completely dead when she doesn't. My current girlfriend and I haven't been in love with each other for a very long time now. We're only still together because we bought and run a small business together. I didn't realize we weren't right for each other until way too late, and now I'm in a situation that is difficult to get out of. We have absolutley nothing in common and want completely different things. And with her best friend it is exactly the opposite, we're so alike that you would hardly believe it. And it breaks my heart to know there's someone like her out there who I can't be with. Even my girlfriend jokingly says now and then that she and I should be together because we're so alike. Sometimes I wonder if this girl feels the same way, but I don't know. Sometimes I think about telling her how I feel and I cannot fathom taking another risk that is so great. I imagine kissing her with seemingly ever spare moment that I have. I even dream about her in my sleep. I love her more than anything. If I could flip a switch and turn these feelings off, I probably would. I doubt I'll ever tell her, and I doubt she'll ever know. I'm going to end up alone and going back to school in my early thirties, working a shitty job and living in an empty apartment, friendless, without a family and miserable. Starting completely over and not too far from how I've already lived half of my entire life.

Cherbear - Toronto
November 9, 2008
Today I got a foot cramp to end all foot cramps. What I thought was a simple muscle pull seems to be turning out to be some kind of transverse myelitis. MRIs, shock tests and two months later I'm just thankful I can still walk. It sucks dealing with rare disease but I'm very lucky. Never take anything for granted. That's my two cents. I love my legs and feet even more now.

lisa - illinois
October 31, 2008
I filed for divorce today. I may be able to live a happy life after all.

Hannah - Here
October 26, 2008
Should I make the move now? Should I see what happens with a kiss? He works with me... but I keep thinking life is too short.

nene - new york
October 23, 2008
1. i lost my inner voice.
2. i realized i lost my inner voice.
3. i lied.
4. i gave into old habits.
5. i pretended to be fine so we could celebrate your birthday.

Marilyn - Louisville
October 16, 2008
Today is my 40th birthday. I realized that I am the luckiest girl in the world. I have four healthy, happy smart children and a husband who loves me dearly. I am looking forward to the next 40 years.

John-James - Saigon
October 11, 2008
I rooted for my six year old son at his soccer game, slightly ashamed of myself because I wished he would pay more attention to the ball. Then, after some reflection as he hugged my waist on the motorbike ride home, muddy cleats digging into my calves, I wished him well, with whatever comes his way.

Priya - Burlington
October 6, 2008
Today I was told it would be okay to "divorce" my parents. I think I always knew I should but I never believed it could be okay. They're not bad people—they're just bad for me. I didn't know I was allowed to make that distinction. Hooray for me! Could I finally be in control of this messy relationship?

ZH - Canada
October 5, 2008
A white ghost bike has been placed on a bridge to mark the loss of a 15 year old boy early this morning. I saw the lights of the police cars in the first light of dawn when I awoke. I'm so sorry. I'll tell my son about cycles of birth and loss. May he live with wisdom and compassion.

elbee - worcester, mass
September 1, 2008
In the middle of the city, in our neighborhood, a deer ran across our path as we walked our dog. As we looked at each other in amazement, a couple of males followed her into the wooded area. Later that day, we encountered a flock of turkeys walking down the sidewalk. I feel sad that we've encroached on the environment for wildlife. I can't imagine purposely killing these beautiful creatures.

suzanne hufft - san francisco
August 30, 2008
I watched as my 20 year-old daughter received an abusive, venomous, hystrionic, and primitively worded e-mail sent to her by a man old enough to be her father. Shame on him.

Katie - Scarborough
August 29, 2008
This was the most secluded birthday I have ever experienced.

anonymous - just a city
August 28, 2008
I thought of my ex-boyfriend and how he is happy and how I don't cry anymore for him but I do wish I still knew him. I think he can still think my thoughts. If only I was given that one more chance to prove to him I could have been his best friend and that I was stupid. I hate myself for what I was and how I was to him. I just want to be forgiven really.

Alyssa - Manchester
August 20, 2008
During my ten minute walk at lunch, I had three diverse encounters with three different men. First, a guy in shorts and running shoes with an iPod stopped to ask directions. Then, a tanned workman in an asphalt dump truck smiled and waved as he drove by. Lastly, a businessman in a new Honda Accord shouted, "Looking good!" as I crossed in front of the stop sign where he was waiting. Up until that point I had this delusion that I was in a Mr. Rogers type neighborhood, but the last guy shattered any feeling of security and made me want to run back to the office.

Breakaway - Toronto
August 17, 2008
My wife just pee'd on a stick. The stick turned the faintest shade of blue. So faint, in fact, that we bought another stick to pee on. I think the pregnancy test companies make their tests so vague and ambiguous because they know you'll buy more than one. Oh, and I'm going to be a father!

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