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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My Life in 8 Words

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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’s your greatest flaw?

A. Self doubt.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I try not to fear death, but I do. (I always think of that Woody Allen quote: "I don't fear death. I just don't want to be there when it happens.")

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm very honest. (But that can also be a flaw.)

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A dock, a lake, the sun, my family and friends, and a pile of books I couldn't possibly finish, ever.

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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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