Your Future is In Your Hands

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I grew up in a small town of 3,600 people, living just up the street from the town centre. It wasn’t much, a square of concrete that held a little lawn, a bunch of benches and a big fountain that tempted us to jump in on hot days. Because we lived in the lee of Lake Huron, this wasn’t much of a temptation during the winter. …

There is a difference between asking challenging questions and giving into conspiracy theories. Black Panther’s Letitia Wright is finding this out the hard way after sharing a conspiracy theory video…


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“Good evening, citizens of the world. I speak to you tonight not as the President of the United States, but as the spokesperson for these world leaders.”

The President paused while the cameras swept over the faces of the world leaders behind and beside her. The UN General Secretary sat at her right, while the leader of the European Union sat at her left. Beside them were the leaders of every major country around the world — along with many minor ones.

As the camera focused back on the President, she tucked a strand of her deep brown hair behind…

Going from Fat to Fit

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This is not the story you think it will be. The ending is not foretold, the journey has barely begun, and there will be many challenges along the way.

Let’s start with the unambiguous truth.

I am fat.

Morbidly Obese to be exact.

On my 6-foot tall frame, the 360lbs of weight I carry around with me aren’t as visible as you would expect. But they’re there.

I weighed myself on Monday — 366lbs of me stood on the scale and cringed. I was even heavier than I had expected.

But the story goes back before just this past Monday…

And why you should make it yours in 2021

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Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash

At the beginning of October, I wrote about the different platforms I’ve used for writing and what their benefits and drawbacks are. At the time, I was writing on three platforms: Medium, Vocal, and Grinfer. The last two are relatively new, so no worries if you don’t know them.

I’ve decided to focus my time on Medium — and here’s why you should too!

Just so we’re on the same page, I’ve shared my feedback with these sites as well in the hopes they will improve their user experience.

Greater Exposure

Medium is fantastic for new writers, especially talented ones who can…

Biden’s win is only the beginning

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Michael Stokes, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It would be very easy to think that our 4-year nightmare is over, and while it is a relief that we will no longer have an openly racist, sexist fascist in the White House the real work is just beginning.

Many people around the world are thankful that they aren’t American. Here in Canada, people are often heard to say “well at least we’re not as bad as they are south of the border.” They’re referring to the open, vitriolic, and sometimes violent divisions between political sides. …

Why we need to share our failures as well as our successes

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Almost a year after I published it, I am still earning the majority of my Medium earnings from one story. It’s not a fortune by any means, but a $700 story is nothing to scoff at, and I am happy for the limited success it brought me!

This hit all the right notes:

  • Published in The Startup;
  • Curated;
  • And it received hits from Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, and even LinkedIn.

If you found me because of this article, then I’m excited to have you here! You were one of almost 15,000 people who at least looked at the article, and…

Teens and Young Adults are the unsung heroes of COVID-19

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Photo by Marcos Heredia on Unsplash

With this week’s news of a possible COVID-19 vaccine before 2020 has ended (all thirty years of it), it is starting to look like we might be turning the corner on the longest year in collective history. Billions of people around the world have adjusted their regular routines to meet the challenges of this pandemic, and lots of appreciation is flowing for those who’ve been on the front lines.

In the midst of all this, there is one group of people who aren’t getting the thanks that they deserve. …

The importance of blank head space to writers and other creatives

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After months of sitting with an idea, I finally had it burst into life as a full-fledged outline for not one, but three novels. The original idea had been slowly born out of reading and dreaming about what could be. I’d played around with a character and an overall arc, but hadn’t been able to break through some of the barriers.

Last week that changed. I now have an outline for a series of three novels based around the same idea and following the same cast through the entire…

Matthew Woodall

I am the founder of the Tempore Foundation, a Canadian nonprofit that is focused on disaster and emergency management.

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