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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Coastal power

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 3:17 PM

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Wonderful editors that lay out the Love/Bitch section. I'm sitting in New Zealand, reading a crinkly, month-old edition of The Coast that was definitely drenched at one point, that my family lovingly sends me from home. I begin to read as I usually do (check the photographer of the cover, and then read from back-to-front—goodies in the back, of course!) I arrive at the Love/Bitch section and do a quick scan: one love and five bitches. Hmm. That's a lot of bitching for a section that includes "love" in the title.

I check the date of the edition: week of January 9. Damn. At a time when Halifax is going through its post-holidaze recovery and many Scotians are actively struggling with depression, the one newspaper that hasn't totally fallen off the rails and still has decent content is really vibing with the shit. Yeah, it's funny. And yeah, it can make people feel better, sometimes. It's great to bitch it out and have others agree and validate it. But in a world where we're desperately needing some guiding light, and some seriously positive influence, do you think we could call back in some love, just a bit? There'd be an outrage if there'd been an interview that covered five hetero cis guys, one woman and no queens. I know there's more love in you, you can do it! — Love Is The Answer

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Bat signal

Posted By on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 11:53 AM

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Hey Batman, was that you on the number 1 bus? I thought I caught your eye and I thought it was you but you turned away. It seemed like maybe you didn't want to see me. I've looked for you, but you seem to be strangely invisible online. I should have talked to you even though you turned away. I'm happily married and at the same time you'll always have a little part of my heart, even since that first day we both had our luggage torn open at YHZ airport security. I miss you. I would love to hear from you. Even just a little hello. — Girl In The Black Dress

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Herring Cove David

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 4:02 PM

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To the people on Herring Cove Road with the reproduction of Michelangelo's "David" in front of their house: Each time I drive by I look to see if you've changed his theme. Thank you for making our little corner of the world just a bit better.
Cindy
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Should be bitching

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 7:45 AM

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What a beautiful gift to be able to feel so deeply. I didn't tell you, but I was falling in love. You wouldn't have heard me if I had, anyway. Thank you for the laughs, the dancing, the cuddling and the abandoned plans. Even if we worked harder to make it work, it would have ended in tears. But you were a lovely almost.
Tea?

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Cosmic love

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 11:14 AM

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I never thought I’d meet anyone that I loved like I loved her. I thought that the days of butterflies were long behind me. Never did I expect for you to be the one I wanted to stay up with late at night. Wake up beside. And kiss every day for the rest of my life. If only I could tell you these things, but you’re my best friend.
—Girl With Luv
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thank you for your energy

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 4:05 PM

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To the beautiful soul I shared a drink with at the airport, a seat in the rocking chairs and all those beautiful moments in between. I may never see you again, but the imprint you had on me will stay with me always. I want to stay with you in that other world.
—Rock Girl
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Friday, November 15, 2019

I found my heart and soul in Halifax

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 8:45 AM

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Growing up in Ontario and raised by a well-read and well-travelled family, I was always encouraged to travel somewhere alone, where I had never been before and to live there for awhile. You know? Really do some soul searching and rediscover myself all over again while learning to love myself even more. Truthfully, in the past I secretly despised myself and others for whining and complaining over the things that would not matter five minutes from now. And as most people know, us Ontario people "Love to Bitch." But I have no complaints about Nova Scotia.

Honestly, I have been making up excuses not to leave here because every time I get teary eyed, and I never get teary eyed about leaving a place or a person ever. There are many wonderful and inspirational people who all struck a chord with me one way or another, and suddenly I did not feel alone in this world. Then after a while I was able to actually focus on the good in myself so I could eventually love myself more and not settle for less.

Yes, sure I messed up and had blunders on the way. But I am "Ontario shameless" like that and own my shit. You guys should too. You are too modest and all of you deserve so much better. From my friends to my foes, I love you all and will miss you whenever I leave the province.
—T.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

LoveButt

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 1:56 PM

You don't need to keep leaving me treats and greeting cards in my doorway, I'm grateful to simply be alongside you.
—LunchButt
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Not a finders-keepers type of guy!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 4:26 PM

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Not too long ago, I purchased a pair of Ralph Lauren sneakers from Winners in Mic Mac Mall. About half an hour after leaving the mall I noticed the shoes were not with me in my car. I quickly realized my stupidity—I had left them on top of the car and must've driven away with them still on the roof with the receipt inside! I zoomed back to the mall and was looking frantically through the parking lot, in the ditches and went to lost and found in the mall. Nothing.

Made my way to Winners, and lo and behold they were brought back by an older gentleman! You left your business card inside and I wanted to contact you to personally thank you, but when I got home it was nowhere to be found in the bag. What you don't realize is, that was my birthday present I bought for myself with my birthday money, and it was my birthday. Again, THANK YOU!
—Happy Birthday Girl
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

To the carpenter/artist with the moves

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 4:37 PM

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Thanks again for being the right kind of weirdo! I've had the most emotionally draining week, and you made everything seem a little less bitter. If I weren't happily coupled I would have gladly let you hit on me. Perhaps in another dimension my doppleganger gave you a ride home and her number. In this dimension, I thank you for brightening my night and being a complete gentleman.
—She With The Moves (And The Clumsy Twirl)
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

I don't normally like beards, but....

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2019 at 11:12 AM

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I know you're completely off limits, but I can't stop thinking about you. I realize I don't talk to you much, but there's a reason for my silence: You render me tongue-tied with one glance. Sorry for being so abrupt yesterday when you approached me. I'm a complete dork around men I find attractive.You're the first guy I've had an interest in in almost three years, and I'm kinda rusty. I know I don't have a hope in hell with someone like you, but a girl can dream.Thanks for making work tolerable with your dark, brooding, sarcastic presence. You're fine as hell—but you already know that.
—Old enough to know better
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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Sweetest Swede

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 9:39 AM

Thank you for joining me on that empty dance-floor over a decade ago. If it wasn't for your sense of adventure, we wouldn't be here today. —French Canadian
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Thank you for the boost!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 10:57 AM

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To the shark-suited guitar-playing guy and his amazing entourage on Inglis Street on Bluenose marathon Sunday: thank you! Your singing and dancing gave me a well-needed boost to climb that hill during the marathon. It cheered me up for several kilometres and I still smile just thinking about it! You guys rock!
—Sweaty McRedface
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Monday, March 18, 2019

There are good people out there

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 6:22 PM

I moved to a seat beside you at the bar to watch the final match of a rugby game on a Saturday afternoon. As time passed and we had a few brief exchanges about the game, you shared a pic of your healing dog Luna and the experiences you have together. You also shared that you were treating the guy beside you to a Mooseheads game as he was a good person that you employ. You commented about having a good life and giving back. "Give and you shall receive," was my comment back.

We did not even share our names yet you shared a bit of yourself so openly with me. It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face and my hope in writing this is that the universe will share this with you...there are GOOD PEOPLE out there and you are one of them, kind sir!

I am truly grateful for that brief exchange as it resonated with my heart and soul. To everyone else reading this: Just be open in the moment as you never know the story a stranger beside you may share and the positive impact that it can have. Share a story, make a difference each day, give back, smile.
—Be the change

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Yasss Queen!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 10:48 AM

To the girl with the yellow bikini top and short shorts walking down Portland Street today giving zero fucks: I love you! You rock! Admiring your body confidence!
—Overheating Girl in Jeans
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