Points to Pon­der

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY CHRISTINA PALASSIO

It’s dif­fi­cult to be a hu­man be­ing, and I see that con­stantly in ev­ery sin­gle per­son…. We are all feel­ing the same thing and just try­ing to con­nect. The rest is noise.


in Van­ity Fair What we’ve cho­sen to do is to fo­cus on gun con­trol. And we know that we have no con­trol over the is­sue— it would be hubris to be­lieve that we did—but I do be­lieve we are able to in­flu­ence and be a cat­a­lyst for a con­ver­sa­tion around gun con­trol.


in an in­ter­view after the com­pany an­nounced it would stop car­ry­ing products man­u­fac­tured by Vista Out­doors

be­cause of the com­pany’s links to guns I’m not sure that any­one saw any po­ten­tial in us, re­ally. They just thought it was cute that we were

the same height.

TESSA VIRTUE, to Sport­snet Mag­a­zine, on why she and Scott Moir were paired up as kids It’s com­fort­ing to know that I wasn’t an a**hole ev­ery se­cond of my life, that at least I did some­thing good. I have a ten­dency to re­mem­ber the bad times more than the good. But it’s like one of my favourite song quotes: “Only good peo­ple won­der if they’re bad.”

The late co­me­dian

MIKE MAC­DON­ALD, in Ma­clean’s I am very proud. When I heard, I wanted to yell and scream. All we have ever wanted for him is to be healthy and to achieve his dreams.

GERAL­DINE BEAR, mother of Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers de­fence­man

Ethan Bear, on the mo­ment she heard he had been drafted into the NHL

I spent a lot of my younger life be­ing in­ac­tive, un­aware and ig­no­rant. But I feel like it’s a duty now to be a re­ally ac­tive voice for young peo­ple who don’t even know that they need some­one clear­ing the way.

Au­thor and ac­tivist

JAEL RICHARD­SON, in Quill & Quire I re­mem­ber think­ing, That was ex­haust­ing!

Blue Rodeo’s JIM CUDDY, re­mem­ber­ing

the first date he had with his wife, in The Globe and Mail In Grade 9, I went out with a girl and I wanted to im­press her with my mul­let. It wasn’t a full-on Billy Ray Cyrus mul­let, but trust me, my am­bi­tion was to get there, and it looks like I have.


on the hairdo he sports in Caught Canada is one of the most di­verse coun­tries in the world, but racism per­me­ates ev­ery as­pect of our so­ci­ety. We like to point fin­gers at the racial dis­cord in the United States, but we fail to ac­knowl­edge our short­com­ings here at home. Our coun­try has to get its own house in or­der be­fore pat­ting it­self on the back for be­ing a paragon of racial har­mony.

MARCI IEN, co-host of The So­cial,

in a per­sonal es­say in The Globe and Mail What I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to might sound para­dox­i­cal: it’s when I’m fi­nally in or­bit and I can turn around and look back at the earth. [We spend] all that time and en­ergy and ef­fort to leave the earth, but the first thing we want to do, of course, is look back at our home and fi­nally get a real gut feel­ing for what it is.


to CBC News I could not han­dle the stress of mak­ing im­per­fect de­ci­sions based on in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion with other peo­ple’s money. I didn’t have the per­son­al­ity for it. I was risk-averse. I was a bas­ket case.


Black Edge: In­side In­for­ma­tion, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the

Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, on why she moved from work­ing in the hedge fund in­dus­try to writ­ing about it

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