How to get your s**t together, and more


[Feature photo: Rob Nunn]

Writing faculty member Candice Walsh shares what’s taking up her brain space lately.

Elliot Rodger’s fatal menace: How toxic male entitlement devalues women’s and men’s lives

There’s been a strong response to Elliot Rodger’s murderous rampage in the US, particularly in the online community. The Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen went viral and some big publications had a close examination of misogyny and gun laws. This was my favourite response, because it’s a fair assessment of what happened and addresses both female and male roles. An important conversation is taking place around the world.

Maya Angelou’s Life Lesson: Love Liberates

We lost a talented writer and activist last month. If you haven’t read anything by Angelou, go pick up I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, immediately! Her fascinating life as a dancer, educator, author, poet, sex worker, street car conductor (and more) revolved around one central theme: love for all.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

The Art of Getting Your Shit Together

I don’t read a lot of blogs these days, but every now and then a totally honest and fun piece will come across my desktop…like this edgy read by Sarah Kloke: “The secret to getting your shit together is a dangerous one. It most definitely includes a roundabout route to self-disappointment and a dump truck disaster of ill-defined phrases (such as, ‘getting shit together’) used out of context because of one’s relaxed vocabulary.”

One of Life’s Mysteries Revealed With This GoPro-in-a-Dishwasher Video

This is completely just for fun…but FINALLY! Come on — don’t tell me I’m not the only one who has agonized over what happens in a dishwasher. I abhor that agonizing moment when you quickly pull back the door, and all action stops. Well, the mystery has been solved. And it’s slightly phallic.

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