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Behind the Masquerade


Why do people wear masks? Is it to put on a good face for the people that are in front of us, no matter what may lie beneath? Is it because we are vulnerable and seek to protect ourselves? Do we just want to show others what they want to see? No matter the reason, every single person wears at least one mask on a daily basis…

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The biosphere is an interconnected web of tangled relations
And unraveling one thread can have effects across nations
So let us be resourceful, and use the birch bark,
But with consideration for others, who will later visit this park
Let us always remember to conservatively act
As we join arms together in a sustainable pact

Tree

They take our burdens
and wear the scars with pride.
Because the strong and wise
never truly die.

lionessAmandaScheifele

We put collars on nature
to make it sparkle and shine;
Push Mother away
no. It’s mine.

springdanielle

Its presence
Unwanted in the white desert
Yet with strength
A tulip stands

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I find it hard to believe that the woman staring out at the ocean could be my younger sister. How could she possibly have been the young child that used to love tickling her nose with the ends of people’s hair? How could she possibly have been the young girl that scared me into running out of the house when she intoned in an ominous voice, what’s the password, from The Crack, a secret hiding place that we had created by pushing our beds together?

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Sex. We all do it at some point or another, so why is the discussion around ‘sex’ still so taboo? Speaking from a personal standpoint, the majority of my knowledge surrounding sex didn’t come from what I learned in school. It came from what I learned during my lived experience. Why is this? Is it natural to learn as you go, or should there be some foundation of knowledge before you reach your first sexual encounter?

Illustration by Andrew McNamara

I have never hidden who I am and where I am from. I grew up in a small city of 14,000 and had a strong rural influence in the earlier years of my life. Being born and raised in the Ottawa Valley does that to you. Once I reached that time in my life where it was time to move on to university, I had many choices to consider. I could have gone to a place similar to my home of Pembroke, Ontario. There would be little to no culture shock and I would fit in well. When it came down to decide, I went a different way. I wanted to be exposed to more. Around four years ago, I decided to embark on a four-year-long exploration in none other than Waterloo, Ontario.

Photography by Brian Limoyo

Devouring bold coffee bean with milk, sweating shamelessly from the heavy heat, I begin to prepare myself for the day of reading ahead. Once I find a place to rest my back, I observe the enormity of the text in front of me. Tracing its worn, elegant spine, I am not intimidated by the endless scrawl inside. If today there are images to be seen and pondered about, I make sure to spend time looking. I contemplate the cover art, tail end synopsis, remarks from critics, and, finally, the “dedicated to” section, glimpsing into the life of a writer I am already in awe of by virtue of insisting on the tangibility, complexity, and relevance of storytelling…

Katie Parkes

How do you visualize meditation? Just as you may have seen in Hollywood films, is it someone sitting cross-legged humming “ommmm”? Or are you thinking of those most enlightening moments when you have flushed anger from your heart while sitting in complete silence? …

Ethels-2-greyscale-Nick Lachance

Nostalgia isn’t a feeling, a marketing scheme, or a certain aesthetic style.

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deer

The biosphere is an interconnected web of tangled relations
And unraveling one thread can have effects across nations
So let us be resourceful, and use the birch bark,
But with consideration for others, who will later visit this park
Let us always remember to conservatively act
As we join arms together in a sustainable pact

Tree

They take our burdens
and wear the scars with pride.
Because the strong and wise
never truly die.

lionessAmandaScheifele

We put collars on nature
to make it sparkle and shine;
Push Mother away
no. It’s mine.

springdanielle

Its presence
Unwanted in the white desert
Yet with strength
A tulip stands

Mosquito

She smells nice as if
she were named after dish soap
drip
but oh the dirt and grime and crusted
salt (but she tastes of bitter days
before the daffodils)
drip

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“Have you been here before?” Franca asks her brother while walking towards a strange house.
“¿Has venido aquí antes?” Franca pregunta a su hermano mientras están caminando hacia una extraña casa.

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“If I understood your dreams, I could tell you. Maybe you should see one of those flea-market women with the crystal balls.”

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It was then that Dee realized: this guy had already died. As she would have put it, he had died taking a shit. His bloated gut was filled with a double patty deluxe from at least a day ago.

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Without a backward glance, Phil and Jack together walked through the trees and, with Christian’s laughter echoing behind them, began the long, arduous uphill climb.

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Darkness was afraid of Light and ran from it, and as Darkness fled, Light chased after it, and Light grew until it encompassed all that it could see, and Darkness fled until it was out of sight, and that was the first day. Now Light looked around at that which it illuminated, and above, saw a surface, and Light found it good and pure, and passed a hand through it, and named it Sky. Then Light looked below and saw a surface, and it was smooth and beautiful. Light passed a hand over it and named it Earth. Then Light looked further still and saw that, as Darkness had fled, it had distorted Earth’s surface with footprints …

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I find it hard to believe that the woman staring out at the ocean could be my younger sister. How could she possibly have been the young child that used to love tickling her nose with the ends of people’s hair? How could she possibly have been the young girl that scared me into running out of the house when she intoned in an ominous voice, what’s the password, from The Crack, a secret hiding place that we had created by pushing our beds together?

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It’s an ancient to-do list, written with glitter pen on a purple sticky note, a ghosting of dirt where the stickiness had been. She always hopes she’ll discover love letters, or snippets of poetry (it does seem like that sort of place), but she rarely does.

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The sun does not rush to meet the dusk, or hurry to catch the dawn. It glides so smoothly through the sky, suspended, illuminating everything it can touch before sliding down to meet the western horizon.

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These individuals pride themselves with their ability to cause harmless trouble, and without a single thought crossing their mind, would take a bullet, or scarf down a concoction of duck tongues and Sasquatch snot if the occasion called for it, to protect all that they love.

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Your diamond earrings can glimmer the sun’s hope, or they can pierce unkindness in a stranger’s ear.

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wildcovers

There is a blur between human and animals that doesn’t seem too jarring in the middle of the jungle and has always seemed perfectly normal in my imagination.

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Smart, visual comments on Technology that stimulate thought!

covertech

When people think about technology, they often tend to look to the future. Instead of going forward, I stepped back and looked into the past for a little bit.

Transnational

When I first thought of ‘Transnational’ I wanted to convey borders being crossed and worlds interacting with each other.

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We evoke a sense of style in everything we are, think, and do: it makes us unique.

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In This Issue

  • Birch Bark - The biosphere is an interconnected web of tangled relations And unraveling one thread can have effects across nations So let us be resourceful, and use the birch bark, But with consideration for others, who will later visit this park Let us always remember to conservatively act As we join arms together in a sustainable pact
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  • If Trees Could Speak - They take our burdens and wear the scars with pride. Because the strong and wise never truly die.
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  • Diamonds - We put collars on nature to make it sparkle and shine; Push Mother away no. It’s mine.
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