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Anna Haines
Stories and ideas curated by a cynical lifestyle journalist.
Created 10 Sep 2020
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  • Quieting The Inner Critic
    28 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Remember Honesty Box? That brutal Facebook app that allowed people to leave their opinions about you anonymously. Most of the time, friends filled them with compliments to one another, but for insecur...
  • Free The Pumpkin!
    31 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    ©Anna Haines Passing by my local food market the other day, I had to stop to peruse the inviting wooden baskets filled with pumpkins, gourds and rustic corn stalks. As much as I love a good grotesquel...
  • From Eating Clean To Eating Disorder
    24 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 2 1
    This week’s Best, is a continuation of last week’s—on how veganism is used to virtue-signal and validate our morals—I recommend you read it first. Pulled jackfruit nachos, tempeh BLT, spirulina spritz...
  • Why Go Vegan?
    17 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    “Can we view the goals of nutrition and a more sustainable food system as worthwhile, but not so all-encompassing that they dictate how we act at every meal?” - Virginia Sole-Smith, The Eating Instinc...
  • Every Day Is Thanksgiving
    11 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 1
    Crystal hunting in Northern Ontario It’s Thanksgiving! A day dedicated to giving thanks. From better sleep to less stress to overall improved life satisfaction, studies abound on the power of gratitud...
  • Baby I'm Sorry (I'm Not Sorry)
    26 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    No essay this week, I’m sorry! But also I’m not — because as a woman, I apologize enough (yep, I just referenced Demi Lovato). At first glance, I struggled to see a unifying theme to this week’s hodge...
  • I Can See Clearly Now
    12 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Dane Manary’s Interpretation of “Vision” for The New York Times ©2021 The day I wore glasses for the first time remains one of my most vivid childhood memories. At nine years old, I walked out of the ...
  • The Magic Of Going To The Movies
    29 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    ©Anna Haines 2021 It was an exciting week because… I went to the movies! To be honest, there weren’t many social activities I missed during the pandemic. I liked that it became socially responsible to...
  • It Really Is About The Journey
    22 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    ©Anna Haines 2021 This summer, my annual flee from my birthday blues took me to Ontario’s Niagara region, a valley of rolling green hills dotted with wineries and fruit orchards. Without many obvious ...
  • The (Un)fulfillment Of A Makeover
    25 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 3 0
    Before and after of my recent reno. A few months ago I renovated my apartment. It was a long-time coming. As I’ve written here before, my relationship to the space is complicated. It’s the home of my ...
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