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First Person

Stress dreams and endless checking of locks: What a day with obsessive compulsive disorder is like

In a searing guest column, poet and writer Anthony Brenton describes in vivid detail what it's like to live with obsessive compulsive disorder.
First Person

Can a trans man find happiness in Labrador? I'm about to find out

Mason Woodward was born and raised in central Labrador, a place known for harsh winters and even harsher mosquitoes — but not for its LGBT community.
First Person

Whose doctor shortage? Like many other physicians before me, I'm leaving

Monica Kidd decided to become a doctor while mid-career in another profession, with a hope of practising medicine in her beloved Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen years later, she writes, she is no closer to that goal. In this column for CBC Opinion, she looks at why so many physicians leave a place they otherwise love.
Humour

Feathered phrases: How birds influence how we talk — and think

Canaries in a coalmine, early birds and their worms, the tweets we scroll on our phones: there are plenty of words about birds. Guest columnist Wanita Bates takes flight in this look at what we owe to the bird world.
First Person

I was naive about my country. Here's how the horrors of residential schools are changing me

Catherine Payne did not know anything about residential schools until a class in high school. As revelations mount about the country's grim history, she is reconsidering her thoughts about Canada.
First Person

The Canadian project isn't finished: What an Indigenous dad wants his daughter to know

Canada Day will feel different this year, writes Joshua Fleming, who has been thinking a lot about what kind of country his daughter will live in. While it is essential to reckon with tragedies, he is optimistic: "Indigenous values are Canadian values, and Indigenous identity is Canadian identity," he says.
First Person

I learned to conceal my invisible disability. Now I want people to know more about it

Cerebral palsy affected the earliest years of his childhood, writes Devin Percey, but did not stand in his way. Still, he chose not to disclose his condition as he grew older. In a First Person essay, he writes about why he changed his mind.
First Person

Nanny was born in one pandemic, died in another, and taught me so many things

Born in St. John's in 1920, Emily Finlay set an example of strength and perseverance — living through economic depression, world war, cancer and the deaths of loved ones. In a First Person column, her granddaughter says she remained grateful for what she had.
First Person

Safe haven: Coming home to N.L. meant I was in the best place to ride out the pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Allison Stoodley instinctively knew she had to return to N.L. Months later, she's still here. In a First Person essay, she looks at the advantages of exploring a career away from N.L., and the magnetic appeal of coming home.
First Person

I felt gutted when I was fired. If cuts are coming, we need to change how they're done

Being fired is traumatizing, contributor Connie Boland says from first-hand experience. She says managers must find a more humane and respectful way to cut jobs.
First Person

What this digital nomad learned during the COVID-19 lockdown

When Lynette Adams first learned the term "digital nomad," she already was one: working while travelling. Like many, she has had to reinvent her career during COVID-19.
First Person

As anger raged about rotational workers, women organized. Here's what I learned

The women who stay home while their partners work elsewhere have been called the "skippers of the shore crew." As Deatra Walsh writes, the burdens these last months have been extraordinary — and so too has been the need to be kind.
Point of View

Was 2020 a writeoff? Not entirely. Here's why we need to celebrate ordinary things

Yes, there are parts of the year you will want to forget. But as Christine Hennebury writes, it's important to look at the bright spots and to reflect on what they provided.
First Person

An endless ark of medication: Here's how I endured a voyage through psychiatric drugs

It all started with just one prescription, for an antidepressant. In time, Anthony Brenton was prescribed "all description of pill and capsule," and came to know a hopeless terror. In a powerful essay, the writer and poet describes how he came through.
First Person

Here's my Christmas wish to you: Have a nap, and stay home out of it

Extreme socializing doesn't agree with social distancing, writes columnist Edward Riche, who says the rowdy hallmarks of a great N.L. Christmas have to be scaled back. "Cannot be at it," he says. "Cannot. Be. At. It."
First Person

I moved to St. John's, and I find myself yearning for my Jewish identity

When Drew Wolfson Bell was asked to cook at a new restaurant in St. John's, he took the opportunity — and found himself thinking differently about food, culture and his own story.
Point of View

Being high-risk for COVID complications looks different than most people think

It's not just Nan who's vulnerable.
First Person

Stress, strain and, yes, fear: Retail workers have felt it all through the pandemic

Everyone has been feeling the pressure of COVID-19, and that includes retail workers who have been keeping the public supplied with the things they need, writes Nathan Barnes.
First Person

I wanted to face Armageddon in N.L. but COVID-19 forced a change in plans

Plenty of things are revealed in a pandemic, writes physician and contributor Monica Kidd. Character is one of them.
First Person

'Where do you belong?' In Newfoundland, that's a sticky concept indeed

Contributor Monica Kidd writes that she's living in Alberta and is now firmly in the fifth stage of the Newfoundland life cycle: working on the mainland, trying to get home out of it. 
Point of View

I learned to change a light bulb, and many other things, after my partner died

My other half was the handyman in the relationship. Then, all of a sudden, he was gone, writes Paul David Power.

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