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Marissa Stapley

Marissa Stapley is a writer and former magazine editor who contributes to Elle, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post, among others. She also teaches writing at the University of Toronto and editing at Centennial College. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two young children.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Einstein)

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Carey, by Joni Mitchell, Is It Like Today? by World Party, Brother Down by Sam Roberts, A Sorta Fairy Tale by Tori Amos, Sweet Thing by Van Morrison, Lay Lady Lay, by Bob Dylan,This Must Be The Place by The Talking Heads. Oops. That's more than five.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Captain Hook. (Particularly when played by Dustin Hoffman in Hook.)

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. That people often tell me they think my children are nice people.

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June 25, 2014

Today was a day just like any other—except it was perfect.



I woke up with that warm feeling you get when you know it’s a special day but can’t quite remember, in your still-sleepy haze, what’s so great about it. Oh, yes. Publication day in Canada! Normally, I close my eyes and try to squeeze in a few extra moments of sleep before the kids get up, but today I went downstairs and made coffee before my husband did. (That almost never happens.)



My daughter asked me to make her spaghetti and meatballs for her school lunch. I actually did it—cheerfully. (My son asked for leftover... see more

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