North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person

North of NormalCea Sunrise Person is abnormal. She is abnormal in all the ways a human being can be (in her upbringing and circumstantially at least) but her eternal and universal longing to fit in is what makes her one of the most relatable people I’ve ever read about (and I’ve read plenty). And so this is the premise of Cea’s extraordinary tale. Her journey begins with unforgettable stories from her wilderness childhood filled with memories of living off the land miles and miles away from concrete civilization, and completely being immersed in, her then normal, the vast natural Canadian landscapes that surrounded her. These memories live alongside painful ones Cea has found courage to relive and write about- memories of innocence lost and overcoming abusive trauma time and time and time again. At the root of her life’s journey is a painful, difficult, frustrating and complex relationship with her mother. It would be hard to imagine any woman, much less a mother, reading this book without feeling a sense of heartbreak and disappointment for Cea and the mother she was handed. But just like Cea, hopefully we all will learn that perspective, acceptance, and forgiveness are at the core of every happy soul.

In retelling her truths, Cea Person normalizes the singular fear we all feel and lets us know, we are not alone.

This book is for everyone- everyone who ever felt like they wanted to fit in; for everyone who ever felt like giving up and everyone who ever felt like they weren’t enough. This book is for every Person.

There is unique strength born from a youth spent longing for something different.

-Cea Person

Bloody Taxes

Tbloody-disgrace1oday on The Social, a buzz-worthy topic hit close to home- in Canada we are taxed on the use of feminine products. Much like the sentiments of one of the hosts I, too, was not aware that we were being taxed on this. Notably, there are different levels of taxation from necessity to luxury items. Can anyone explain to me how feminine products are considered a luxury item? What is the alternative, less luxurious option here?

A luxury item, to me, is something where if a basic, generic version that typically does the job fine is available but a better quality version exists, then the definition of luxury would be exemplified in the better, branded, more expensive version. For example, cars: there are the Ford Focuses of the world and then there are the Bentleys of the world. The luxury item here is, of course, the high-end Bentley (a car itself, for that matter, is technically a luxury item in a day and age when public transportation is quite accessible and probably more affordable to use than personal vehicles). To the best of my knowledge, no woman enjoys paying an arm and a leg for an item as necessary as the toilet paper where there are no other basic versions of this type of product to choose from, unless by basic they mean dating back to the era of stuffing your underwear with free toilet paper.