10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 6–12 February 2016

  1. Believe it or not, Reddit can be cute. Aw.
  2. The CDC's alcohol guidelines aimed at women were pretty paternalistic and condescending, so I love that someone updated them for men
  3. If you thought certain players in Silicon Valley might be out of touch, the answer is yes.
  4. Twitter has announced a new plan to curb harassment, and I'm hopeful despite their terrible track record.
  5. A negotiation tactic called indaba managed to bring 195 countries to consensus, so let's hope it spreads.
  6. Calgary's mayor Naheed Nenshi has issued a poetry challenge to other mayors across Canada to start a council meeting in March or April with a reading from a local poet. This poet approves!
  7. Even well-intentioned people end up whitesplaining racism in ways they don't meant to. Here's how to avoid being condescending and show more compassion.
  8. Toronto Cat Rescue's "Get Your F*cking Cat Fixed" t-shirt kills me. You can buy one here.
  9. Facebook, exercising its high creep factor, is testing a feature that scans its app's users' recent photos to find ones that look like their friends, which is why I will continue not downloading their mobile app ever.
  10. I've been listening to Nas' album Illmatic on repeat all week. Can you believe it is 22 years old?

43/365: Once

I was an artist,
scientist, mystic in dreams.
I believed so well.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

42/365: A Tidy Switch

Work smart,
work fast,
work strong:
the advice points to a state,
that, by default, it claims is possible,
but only by implication,
perhaps an asterisk and a tiny disclaimer,
desire for truth,
a tidy switch.

The possibility is an ideal,
a dream object without authentic form —
I can see that —
and yet, still,
I lie here
at the bottom of my dry well
squinting
skyward
where
the
light
gets
in,
as though I'll never find my way out
if I don't believe in a tidy switch.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.