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A Failing Grade: On Being a Suspended Teacher

Opinion By Z.S. Roe Once upon a time I was a certified teacher in the province of Ontario. But not anymore. I’ve now been officially suspended. As of April 30th, I can no longer teach in any publicly funded school. No, the reasons for my suspension were not nefarious, nor were they illegal. After four … Continue reading

Writing a Novel — What a Joke!

Opinion By Z.S. Roe I’m writing a novel – you’re ecstatic, I know. The good news is that I nixed the original plan to do bi-monthly vlog updates on my novel.  Instead of seeing me prattle in front of a camera about just how many words I’ve written every other week, you’re getting this one … Continue reading

Life Advice: Burn Your Boats … And Then Panic

Opinion by Z.S. Roe // Decision making – there’s no escaping it. Should I take the job or should I not take the job?  Should I have kids or should I spend my time and money on myself?  Should I buy a house or rent an apartment?  Should I make a cup of tea now … Continue reading

On Being Laid Off and the End of a Family Business

Opinion By Z. S. Roe *As appeared in the Cambridge Times Everything happens for a reason. This is what the twelve of us were told when we were laid off.  Our company, a small shop in Galt, had finally run out of money and would be closing.  Worse yet, we were going to lose our … Continue reading

The Bible, Sex, and Marriage: A Confused Story of Contradictory Positions

Opinion By Z.S. Roe The Christian Bible is likely the most misread and misunderstood book being sold today.  From the outside looking in, it seems that many ardent readers of the Good Book either read it cross-eyed or with both eyes completely closed.  Consequently, the opinions they form are not based on what they’ve actually … Continue reading

The History Of The Vagina: Misunderstanding, Shame, and Porn

Opinion By Z.S. Roe I saw my first vagina when I was nine years old and in the fifth grade.  A classmate of mine snuck out a health book from the school library, and then showed it to a bunch of us during recess.  We all gathered around him as he opened the book to … Continue reading

The Penis – What You Didn’t Learn from Health Class, Sunday School, or Porn

Opinion By Z.S. Roe As young teenagers, my friends and I often played the “Penis Game.”  The gist of it is this: the bunch of us would gather in a public place and then one after the other start whispering “penis,” with each guy saying it louder than the person before him. Very quickly our … Continue reading

The Films Of 2012 – Why I Saw So Few But Loved The Few I Saw

Opinion By Z.S. Roe Once upon a time I saw a ton of movies:  all the big blockbusters, all the big Oscar contenders, and all the geek movies that film nerds go crazy for.  Hell, at one point I was even reviewing movies on a weekly basis for a university newspaper. But those days are … Continue reading

Give Boobs A Break: No More “Naked Lady” Calendars

Opinion By Z.S. Roe I am an unabashed, long-time supporter of nudity.  If you’ve been a frequent reader of this blog, then you probably already know that.  I’ve gone (sorta) nude for poetry, have written in praise of dudity (male nudity), and have even recommended a quasi-pornographic film called Shortbus, which features … well, a … Continue reading

I’m Sick—Bucking The Cold Blues

Opinion By Z.S. Roe I’m sick, but I’m pretty sure it’s just a cold.  Even so, this whole illness thing is pretty lousy.  But when you work in a shop that doesn’t have any heat, this sort of thing is bound to happen.  I mean, really, how many times can you poke a bear in … Continue reading

Canada Reads … And I Read Something Else

Opinion By Z. S. Roe Hooray for Canadian booklovers … I guess.  CBC’s annual battle of the books competition is underway once again.  The list of books for this year’s edition has been announced, and the results are … well, about what you’d expect.  This year, the competition is pitting regions against each other, wherein … Continue reading

Beating (To Death) Your Quarter-Life Crisis—Four Easy Steps

Opinion By Z.S. Roe Getting older is never easy.  Sometimes the downward spiral toward old age and senility causes a personal crisis that results in a whole myriad of disastrous decision making.  For generations, though, such a crisis only happened once in a person’s life, generally when that person hit middle age, hence the term … Continue reading

Fifty Shades Of Grey—A Guy’s Perspective

Opinion By Z.S. Roe By now we’ve all heard about the runaway smash hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.  If you’re a woman, then there’s a good chance that you’ve either read the book yourself or know someone who has.  By any reckoning, this erotic novel about a virginal literature student who … Continue reading

Christina Aguilera—Big And Bold … But Beautiful?

Opinion By Z.S. Roe With the upcoming release of pop sensation Christina Aguilera’s new album, Lotus, there’s been a lot of talk about the singer’s noticeable weight gain.  And there’s no denying it—she’s put on a few pounds … well, maybe a little more than a few. But is she still beautiful?  Even with all … Continue reading

Dear Musicians—Stop Smashing Your Guitars

Opinion By Z.S. Roe When I was younger, I wanted to be in a band.  Like many teens, I idolized my favourite rock musicians, hoping one day that I too might take the stage and woo a crowd with my super rock hits.  Sure, I wanted the fame and fortune, but what I wanted more … Continue reading

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