Rebel Talk

I’m All in Now

There. I've gone and done it. Against all advice and logic, and to the confusion and consternation of everyone around me, I bowed out of my corporate job on Monday. I will no longer be forced to travel on red-eyes, lead a bickering national team or track...

Why I do What I do

My stories are about girls from around the world kicking ass and beating evil men, while still enjoying the things girls love, from fashion to food to cute guys. And why not? Life’s not just about survival, but about growing and thriving and laughing and living, isn't...

Dreaming of Kilimanjaro

"If I have to swim across the sea to get what I want, I will learn how to swim, then I'll swim it. If I have to climb the highest mountain to get what I want, I will learn how to climb, then I'll climb it. If I have to dive the deepest ocean to get what I want, I will...

The Writer’s Curse

"Part of the writer’s curse might be the ineffable struggle to submit to the spell of solitude and escape the grip of loneliness at the same time." Maria Popova   Reading this made me realise I finally have found a tribe. My penchant to work in solitude for...

Has the World Turned Upside Down?

I am appalled. The United Nations has lost all credibility in my eyes. That Saudi Arabia has now been appointed to oversee human rights issues is a despicable joke. A vicious joke. This is a country where women are not permitted to drive, let alone walk by themselves...

Get Out & Vote

Get Out & Vote Others Have Died For this Right   Published in the Georgia Straight Magazine   There was a girl in my eighth grade who didn’t have any parents. Joyce was an orphan but no one talked about it. It was her adopted parents, Dutch expatriates...

An Island Trip

"There is no place I would rather be" Grant Lawrence Last weekend, I took off on a British Columbian ferry to the beautiful Salt Spring islands on the West Coast of Canada. It was a much needed break from a difficult few months, months that had been filled with...

I’ve Been Lucky

 I’ve had a lucky life. Yes, like many others before me, I’ve had my share of hardships and heartbreaks along the way. I’ve cleaned stinky hotel toilets to pay for rent. I’ve kept a diet of stale noodles for years, hoarding every penny to pay for college tuition. I’ve...