March Music Spotlight 2017

Nancy Mulligan - Ed Sheeran - ÷ (2017) A rather Scottish-sounding piece, Nancy Mulligan from Ed Sheeran's newly released album ÷  tells the story of Ed's grandparents, William Sheeran and Nancy Mulligan.   The album as a whole draws a lot of inspiration from Ed's personal life, past, and heritage, and this a lovely homage to his… Continue reading March Music Spotlight 2017

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Happy birthday, CTHARSIS! Today marks the one year anniversary of, a domain that may be humble and small, but is still a home to me.  Happy birthday, blog!  Wow! Can you believe it's been one year?  One year full of changing and growing and learning, remembering and thinking and writing.  That sure was flippin'… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Blog!

Edmonton Band Trip 2017

Last Sunday night, two coach busses full of exhausted teenagers pulled up into the parking lot of our school.  Having left at 6 AM the previous Friday, our bands (both concert and symphonic) had returned from Edmonton.  We were absolutely pooped and dreading having to go to school the next day; the weekend had been… Continue reading Edmonton Band Trip 2017

Slam Poetry Tournament Prep!

Recently, I tried out for my school's slam poetry team.  I hadn't even known that our school had a slam poetry team until the very last day of tryouts, so you can imagine that I was a little bit frantic.  At lunch, I ran to the room that someone had told me the tryouts were being held… Continue reading Slam Poetry Tournament Prep!

The Art of Regret

Last fall, I quit drawing lessons after seven long years of taking them. I had first started to love drawing and art when I was very young, and though the scribbles done by my six-year-old self certainly were no Van Goghs or Picassos, I loved creating them so much that I asked to be put… Continue reading The Art of Regret

February Music Spotlight 2017

Where's My Love - SYML - Hurt For Me (2016)  There's nothing better than discovering a new artist and falling completely, utterly in love with them.  How had I never discovered SYML before??  Their sound is so peaceful and ethereal, haunting and striking, and just wooooow. I love this song of theirs more than words can… Continue reading February Music Spotlight 2017

Sherlock Season 4: What’s Up With Eurus Holmes?? & Some Love For Sherlock Fandom

The Game is On January 1st, 2017 marked the release date of the premiere of season 4 of BBC Sherlock. In case you don't know, BBC Sherlock is a modern reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson.  A show that first… Continue reading Sherlock Season 4: What’s Up With Eurus Holmes?? & Some Love For Sherlock Fandom

January Spotlight 2017: Etsy Stores & Music Recs

The Last Spotlight? Hello, my lovely people, today I have a dilemma to present to you.  I'm considering disbanding the monthly spotlight.  You see, the more I think about it, the more sense to makes for me to just put all the content I put into these Spotlights into their own individual posts.  This way, people can… Continue reading January Spotlight 2017: Etsy Stores & Music Recs

A Song That You Won’t Regret Listening To

Please, even if you're not a big music fan, do yourself a favour and listen to the track below. Music has been called the universal language of earth, a medium through which people all around the world can communicate meanings too great for words.  Arrival of the Birds by the Cinematic Orchestra, in my opinion, is… Continue reading A Song That You Won’t Regret Listening To

The Story of Grandpappy Mason: The Bloopers Reel of the Glassworks JA Company

Meet Grandpappy Mason. John Landis Mason was a tinsmith who lived in the late 1800’s, and he was the inventor of the mason jar.  His invention marked the roots of one of the most prominent aspects of modern hipster culture.   Today, mason jars are utilized by hipsters everywhere for things such as holding their… Continue reading The Story of Grandpappy Mason: The Bloopers Reel of the Glassworks JA Company