Kyra Shaughnessy

How Learning Languages Promotes Peace

Language has been a hot topic in Quebec (where I was born and raised) for as long as I can remember. I’ve had ample time and opportunity to mull over ever aspect of language as an element of culture and connection (or disconnection)...

Writing Great Songs Without Music Theory

Everyone has their own process when it comes to writing, be it song-writing, creative writing or writing a thesis. As a self-taught musician I’ve never had a very technical approach. I find a lot of people feel intimidated about getting...

Are you Blocking Your Own Creative Flow?

I’m writing about this because one of the biggest, baddest monsters under the bed of most creative writers is the desire to please others. One of the most inspiration-crushing reflexes of the artist is to analyze and judge everything that comes...

21 Tips to Creating Less Daily Waste

1) Re-framing Freedom What underlies many of these suggestions is the task of re-framing our conception of what it means to be “free.” Due to various chapters in humanity’s history and our ancestral legacies a kind of culture has emerged...

How to Make Love the Center of Your Life

Sometimes the universe conspires for certain things to cross our paths. This was the case for me with John O’Donohue’s book “Anam Cara.” The book poetically explores a whole slew of ideas stemming from the Irish/Celtic concept (anam cara) which...

We Are Leaving

In the wake of the Laval University break-ins and the ensuing flurry of emotions (not to mention that just about every day of my life I am in contact with sexual violence of some kind) I feel the need to write…something! Bell Hooks puts...