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Brain.Guts.Hands.

Toronto, Canada
I'm a woman of contradictions. On the one hand, I'm a feminist rebel with a strong DIY ethos who loves noisy guitar feedback and nights of beer-fueled misbehavior. On the other, I'm a classical choir singer and health nut who practices yoga, digs Mozart, bakes granola and eats kale. I'm a... Full Bio
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Thoughts on a year that was empty, then full by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Since it’s the end of the year, I’m going to reflect on the way it all went down. First thought: the first five or so months of this year were some of the worst five or so ... Read on »
An American in Rob Ford’s Toronto by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I am an American living in Toronto. I arrived in 2004, at a time when it was fashionable for young liberals to threaten to move to Canada and, on a more personal but relat ... Read on »
Professional worrier by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living By CF , courtesy of NYT Lately I’ve been joking a lot about monetizing my anxiety. Why not? Everyone loves an entrepreneur. Early in the year, I spoke with th ... Read on »
Turning 27 by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Basking in the warm glow of my late 20s, that’s what. I turned 27 last week. “That’s a good age,” a mid-30s friend told me. “Not too young, not too old!” I agreed. ... Read on »
Renewed by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I renewed this site for another year. Now read this essay on race and indie rock fandom. Read on »
A New Year a New You by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Hello world! Happy new year. Though I guess it’s not that new anymore. Three weeks in, 2013 already feels old hat.  It’s been a big one for me so far, anyway. I ... Read on »
Guess what! It’s normal to be crazy! by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Whenever some hugely incomprehensible tragedy happens where a bunch of people are killed by, say, a single gunman who is young, white and male, we react by trying to make ... Read on »
How to not be the ass that asks your relative when they’re getting married by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living It’s the holiday season, a time when long-separated relatives gather together to share in food and libations, catch up on the happenings in each other’s lives, exchange th ... Read on »
How I nearly pissed myself on the paperbirch path by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Every Tuesday night I take a bus, then a subway, then another bus to get to the church where my choir rehearses. I sit on public transit for an hour, give or take, and I g ... Read on »
Biculturalism and punk rock–Love and Rockets on NPR by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living As I’ve written about a lot before, I’m a mixed kid who grew up in a bicultural household. My mom moved to the U.S. from El Salvador as an adult. My dad’s grandparent ... Read on »
On crappiness by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Photo courtesy of jakerawdin . The other day I had a short back-and-forth with a friend of mine who recently suffered a frustrating life-plan setback and was ... Read on »
Hair, sleep, baby cats by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I shaved my body hair six weeks after that last blog post. The legs came first, because they were patchy and looked like they’d been sprinkled in dirt. The pits wer ... Read on »
The hair down there by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Photo courtesy of some insipid Internet gossip blog. Do I really have to link to it? I got my first armpit hair when I was 9. For awhile it was just the one and I ... Read on »
When Rick Boogied Down with Ira Kaplan by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Ira Kappylappy Many adult daughters talk about their relationships with their fathers differently than the ones with their mothers, because the dynamic betwee ... Read on »
Ethnic Aisle: Who let the blondes out? by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living (This post was originally written for the Ethnic Aisle blog , but I just realized all my links in that post are broken, so here’s a corrected version. Please do check out ... Read on »
Feeling old at the sex club by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living The other night I went to a swingers club/bathhouse for the launch party of an erotic magazine, which I’d been asked to write about . I’d been planning on going anyway bec ... Read on »
Why I sort of felt sorry for Mike Daisey and now totally regret it by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living As much as it pains me to admit this, I sort of felt for Mike Daisey last week. The performer behind “ The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs ,” which was adapted for ... Read on »
The QL crisis by Brain.Guts.Hands. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I’ve been told recently that my blog has gotten boring because I’ve been keeping out the personal stuff and posting too many LAME ARTICLES. If that’s the case, dear reader ... Read on »