Adding two to the thesis proposal haiku collection…

(Thanks Manjari for starting this!)

Justified margins
clean up the messiest thoughts.
At least it looks good.
My thesis and I
have ups and downs, but remain

Legal theory isn’t boring!

My doctoral research is about legal theory. It is, of course, about much more than that but – at its core – it is a study in legal theory.

Have your eyes glazed over?

Have you stopped reading?

Do you think I am wasting my time?

Do you think I’m wasting your time by telling you about it?


Holiday Letter Four: Wacky Weather

Dear Winter,

I know that climate change makes it difficult, if not impossible, for you to make up your mind about how winter will unfold. Cold or mild? Snow boots or galoshes? Puffy coat and ski gloves or mid-weight parka and mittens? Slippery or safe? Outdoor skating or not? Wet or dry wind?

So far, there has been much confusion. I suppose we deserve it.


Holiday Letter Three: Ode to two public radio podcasts

Dear Jian Gomeshi & Ira Glass,

You host two of my favourite podcasts – Q (Jian) and This American Life (Ira). Your shows differ in format, focus and country of origin, but coincide in their optimism about the possibilities of public radio journalism and their interest in human stories. I listen to your shows while I exercise, while I travel within and beyond Montreal, while I cook, while I do work around the house, while I make my many ‘to do’ lists and sometimes while I fall asleep. Unbeknownst to you, we spend a lot of quality time together and, in the spirit of optimizing that time, I offer the following suggestions for the upcoming year.


Holiday Letter Two: Movie Review

Dear Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,

Your new movie is, like you, slick and graphic.  I had to look away during the most brutal scenes. Again like you, your movie is intriguing, compelling and layered.  It raises questions that it unapologetically doesn’t answer, while taking 158 minutes not to answer them.  It challenges truths that are accepted as givens, while relying on traditional motifs to affect the challenge.  It exists as part of a mainstream pop culture phenomenon, while exploring the lives of characters that live well beyond the margins of mainstream.


Holiday Letter One: The Inevitable Resolution…

Dear Fate,

It’s that time of year again – the beginning, the time to set aspirations for the coming year, the time to reflect and resolve.  As a student, my “new year” usually comes in September.  January 1 is the mid-point, a time to take stock of how the year is unfolding and identify adjustments that should be made.  For me, doctoral studies, this past term in particular, have been a period of conscious self-examination about who I am, who I want to be, what it means to live ethically, and how this is reflected in my research, my teaching and in all aspects of my life.  This reflection process has undoubtedly been fairly annoying to some people around me at various times.  I apologize for that.  Questions about meaning and motivation can be tiring and sometimes unwelcome.  Accordingly, maybe I should use this New Year’s Eve as a break from self-reflection.  I’m sure my boyfriend will appreciate it.



Carpe diem & Consequences….in ten sentences

On my second day in Montreal, my parked Ford Taurus was hit by another car, the driver of which was programming her GPS. The cars were totaled, but in both the everyday and grand scheme of things, the accident’s fall-out was minimal: no-one was hurt, we were both insured, and my car was merely a luxury.

Five days ago, Alexandra Dodger – a treasured daughter, granddaughter and friend to so many, a social justice activist, a 27-year old, a human rights advocate, and a recent graduate of McGill’s Law Faculty – was hit by a car while crossing an Ottawa street on foot. The car was traveling the wrong way down a one-way street. In every possible scheme of things, the consequences could not have been more significant: Alex died.

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