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Last weekend, a formerly-unknown jazz musician became a worldwide Twitter trend: Esperanza Spalding.

… I know.

I had never heard of her either prior to the Grammys. It was only after I'd caught up with all my celebrity gossip (university life can delay certain priorities) that I realized Justin Bieber, for once, actually got overthrown in the Twitterverse post-red carpet. Of course, there are quite a few 'Beliebers' running around saying some nasty things about Esperanza. Which makes me think:...
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Holiday Season = Split Season?

Just last weekend, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens had seemed very much still the ideal couple of three years to their admiring fans, since reports told of how "Zanessa" went Christmas shopping together. Now, they face the very same problem encountered by many ('regular')...
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Remember the days of “Leo-mania,” when all the girls (myself excluded) lined up at the cinemas to watch Titanic for the fifth time, just to see their idol Leonardo “King of the World” DiCaprio romance Kate Winslet on the silver screen? Remember how females of all ages wanted their very own Lloyd Dobbler after a young John Cusack stole hearts with his infamous boombox scene in Say Anything?

Remember when Alec Baldwin was hailed as a...
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Mental Health

Hakuna Matata?

I assume most people have watched The Lion King. Without spoiling anything for those who haven't (although hopefully that wouldn't be anyone), there is a common Swahili phrase used throughout the movie (usually in song), hakuna matata, which means "no worries". Simba and Co....
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The Value of Happiness

Yesterday morning, on my way to work, I saw an old, homeless beggar, probably in his 70s. It wasn't even eight o'clock in the morning and already, he was standing outside my usual subway station exit in the rain and holding out a Styrofoam...
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The "Friends Forever" Myth

In kindergarten, I was closest with a guy named Daniel. Or David … I can't remember. That's how much our friendship has been forgotten. Clearly, we are no longer in touch.

In Grade 3, I played street hockey (or something resembling the game) with someone,...
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Clicks and Cliques

Dobrý deň! Excuse the Czech (which simply means "good day")—I'm currently posting this entry from my hotel room in beautiful Prague, and I couldn't help but showcase my new language skills. You see, I have been here for a summer program on Crime, Law and...
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