Victoria Dyer

Coming from a family that believes that only through hard work will you achieve anything, I have always been under the impression that striving for perfection is the only way to be happy in life. I now know, thanks to life’s hard lessons, that there is no such thing as perfection. Through trial and error, I have learned that it is better to do your best and have faith in yourself than to strive for something that doesn’t exist. I now look at life in a different way; with optimism and gratitude.

Happy From Afar

Unique tips on how to successfully manage a long-distance relationship.

Thursday
Apr122012

Just Friends

Distance can be very stressful on a relationship and sometimes the stress can be too much to handle. This week I’m going to talk about what to do when that stress becomes too much to handle, how to remain friends after a break-up. Break-ups are hard and they normally lead to hurt feelings all around and not many of us really want to ruin the bonds we’ve built during our relationships. My boyfriend and I weren’t able to handle the pressures of the distance that separated us and in the end we parted ways. However, we were able to maintain a friendship. Although it can be hard at times, it is nice to be able to maintain connection with your partner even after a break-up.

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Tuesday
Mar272012

Feature: The Impact of Relationships on Writing

Nadine McInnis is dressed for the weather in a lovely white blouse and flowing black skirt, daring to wear her sandals for the first time this year. Aside from teaching and acting as the Course Coordinator for the Professional Writing Program at Algonquin College, McInnis finds the time to write in her busy life. She is the author of five books of poetry, one book of literary criticism, and one book of short fiction. Her book Two Hemispheres, a book of poetry published in 2008, was shortlisted for two national awards and has received much praise by readers.

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Tuesday
Mar202012

Fiction: Escape to Greece

Walking out the airport doors into the Mediterranean sunshine, I couldn’t help but grin. It had been fifteen years since my last visit to Greece and everything looked new to me. I quickly started looking around from my cousin, Theo.

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Friday
Mar162012

How to Make it Through an Argument 

Every relationship has its ups and its downs, even the happiest of partnerships. When one or both partners are under stress an argument is inevitable. With the added pressure of distance, an argument can create problems for a couple. This week I’m going to focus on how to overcome such arguments so that they won’t cause your relationship to crash and burn.

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Friday
Mar092012

Review: Alone Together 

When I purchased Sherry Turkle’s novel Alone Together, I was expecting a book depicting the fast decrease in emotional attachments in relationships due to technology. I was very pleased to find that Turkle addressed the issues of technology lowering the standards of involvement in everyday “real talk” conversations. However, I was not expecting the first half of the novel to be about the ever-growing presence of “social robots” in everyday life.

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