Thursday, August 15, 2019

Some summers ago

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 4:21 PM

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I was in line behind you to see that Miyazaki film at the Oxford while you were talking yourself out of buying an ice cream bar, and I bought you that damn bar. I just needed to see someone enjoy the little things in life. You asked to sit with me but I said no. I didn't tell you it was because my father was in the hospital and I didn't want a stranger to see me cry. He was fine, but when he went back last week I thought of you, and wondered whether you're enjoying this brief candle.
—It Was Such A Great Film
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Let's be honest

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:10 PM

I've only known you two months, but I feel more comfortable around you than anyone I've ever met. You're thoughtful, fun, intelligent and silly. I want to thank you for helping me change my lifestyle, and for all the fantastic adventures we've had. I hope there's many, many more.
—Arty A
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where you been?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 3:07 PM

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Once upon a time, there was a sweet little ticker tape that ran through the entire print edition of The Coast. It was situated at the bottom (or the top?) of each page. I can't recall if there was a specific focus for the ticker, how often I even read it all the way through or why I have had this thought so many times.
—Fuzzy Memories
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

To the women at the Women’s Choice Clinic that assisted me during my abortion

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 10:12 AM

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Among the contentious debate in the United States concerning women’s right to choose, I found myself in the midst of making my own choice: To continue with an unplanned pregnancy, or to access Halifax’s abortion services. I chose the latter. Naturally, I was scared of the process, and scared about the judgement that I could face from pro-life medical practitioners.

All I can say is thank god for the staff at the clinic. They were nothing short of miracle workers, and made a really, really shitty situation into an empowering, validating experience. They helped me to understand that it is OK—and well within my right—to say that it is not my time to be a parent. They allowed me to cry, and they understood that while I was confident in my choice, I was still harbouring guilt over having to make it. I did not experience ANY judgment towards my choice, and felt nothing but a sense of deep personal respect.

To the one nurse in particular (you know who you are), please know that you are a beacon of hope in an otherwise traumatic situation. You held my hand and wiped tears of emotional and physical discomfort from my face, all while telling me that I was doing the right thing for me. I will never forget the kindness you showed me, and I hope you know that you and your colleagues are making a huge difference in the lives of women in Halifax.
—The PhD Candidate
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Monday, August 5, 2019

42-year-old handsome teacher (great smile, salt-and-pepper curls, ink)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 8:02 AM

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I really enjoyed talking with you over the last few days, A. I had planned to ask you out today but was disappointed to see you’d disappeared (one of the many cons of today’s dating culture). If I see you around, I shall bite the bullet and risk asking. Happy summer!

If you read this and Georgia is on your mind, this is for you.
—G
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Nothing compares to you

Posted By on Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 9:54 AM

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A steady stream,
Of music playing,
Almost on the daily.
I miss the serenity of that.
Chance encounters,
With interesting strangers,
Finding common ground,
At after-parties in Halifax.
Whether it be,
Day or night,
In the east.
I never once felt lonely.
There is depth to people,
Genuine kindness and empathy.
You just gotta be open to that.
Love and miss you Halifax.
—Awestruck With Tears Of Longing For A Return
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Feeling grateful

Posted By on Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 11:06 AM

On Tuesday morning I had a bad fall on the edge of Victoria Park. I fell into the boxes for The Coast and Metro, they both went over and the base of one came up and made a serious gash in my leg. I want to thank the young man who came to my assistance, he helped me up and was quite concerned. I had no idea how badly I was injured until 37 staples later. Many thanks to the young man who rushed to help me.
—On the mend 😊
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Keys to kindness

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 9:59 AM

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Saturday morning at the Joe Howe Superstore I locked my keys and cell in my car. I had my daughter with me and we were on our way to go camping. I was very distressed and asked this guy if I could use his cell to call someone to help me. When I couldn't remember anyone's numbers because, well, they're all in my contacts, he drove us to my apartment to get my spare keys and then even drove us back to the car. I just wanted to say thank you so much. If you ever need anything you know where I live ( if you can remember lol). I hope you had a good time at the wedding you were going to, and that there were not too many cow patties.
—So Thankful
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Missed queernection

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 10:55 AM

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You are the adorable person who sat across from me on the bus and then across from me at the Dyke and Trans March. Were we making eye contact? I genuinely can’t tell! My vision is very bad! Either way to you and anyone else who was there, thank goodness for you and your fabulous queer selves. Thank you for creating that community space and for giving me the opportunity to unapologetically dream and chant and ogle. I hope you went home dreaming of a marvelous future and the ways you’ll fight for it. Don’t lose any of that hope or that bitterness. And if you see me again, please say hi!
—Culotte Cutie
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Around the sun

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 2:18 PM

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Today, a three-year-old showed me the Spiders! exhibit at the museum. This evening, I showed him how to make rainbows with a garden hose. Yesterday, we shared pie at the backyard picnic table and invited every neighbour passing by to join us. Tomorrow, I will continue to love and to be loved. I have found family all around me. So I will wear gifted pink earrings, eat ginger-lemon ice cream and pet all the local cats, and I recommend that anyone feeling a little lost and a lot little do the same.
—Ginger Is The Spice Of Life
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Thanks for helping with my hands!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 10:51 AM

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To the lady who stopped and helped me (around Oxford/Vienna/Berlin Streets) with some hand injuries after a bad fall Saturday night, thank you for helping me get home and assisting with the bleeding. (I ended up getting stitches at the ER.) I appreciate your kindness!!
—Street Faller
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

FFM

Posted By on Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 5:36 PM

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You three were totally hot on Friday night at a certain downtown establishment. Him: handsome, charismatic and in charge, but not in a gross way. Her: beautiful, sweet and nervous. After your magic third showed up (perky, bubbly, curly) listening to you three saved me from dying of boredom with my night that didn't go so well. You couldn't keep your hands off each other and you were so clearly all going to get it on when you left there, I almost got up and volunteered!
—Wish I Was At Your Table!
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Scottish Pride

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 10:27 AM

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What a great treat to see a pipe band in the Pride parade. Thanks, guys. Every parade in Nova Scotia needs a pipe band, eh!
—Greek Canadian lover of the pipes
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Girl from The Bump

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 2:20 AM

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Hey you, the girl who saved me from having a total meltdown in the front row at The Bump: I hope you see this and find a way to connect. You hella cute, if I wasn’t in the middle of having a meltdown, I woulda totally asked you for your number… so if you see this…let’s find a way to connect!
—PolyUnicorn
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Multi love

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 3:42 PM

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To the workers of the shop on Barrington, to the two ladies with two daughters watching the parade, to my friends who I play D&D with and to the dear friend who drove me home at around 1am: I hope the cupcakes/cake were yummy!

To the group of people in front of the library who wanted cupcakes, and to the mother and her daughter at the bus terminal: I AM SO SORRY IF I SEEMED LOOPY AND JUST SMILED AND WAS TALKING GIBBERISH. I had been out in the heat all day and regrettably didn't have much to drink since my mind was set on delivering cupcakes and waiting till 6pm to bus it out of Halifax. So all the hugs to everyone and a big SHOUT OUT AND HUG to those who were cleaning up the streets after the parade. <3 <3 <3
—The Boy with Cupcakes
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