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Julia Nethersole

Julia Nethersole is an Author Care Coordinator for Kobo. Previously she served Cardus for several years as Development Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in International Development and World Religions from McGill University.

Articles by Julia Nethersole
  • Reflections from the Camino: Part II

    Julia Nethersole and Susan Nethersole

    Six years ago, I peered over my mother’s shoulder to read the laptop screen in front of us. The thought occurred to me that this was another one of Mum’s crazy ideas. Yet as I read the screen and listened to the excitement in my mother’s voice, something drew me in. My mother, Susan, was going to hike the Camino Francés. It was a dream she had harboured for decades. For me, as a 24-year-old, it spoke to my great wanderlust, and in that moment I knew that I, too, would hike the Camino. It would be an arduous 775-kilometre trek across the north of Spain with nothing but a backpack and the will to complete the journey.

  • Being Bossy and How Beyoncé Let me Down

    Julia Nethersole

    In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sheryl Sandberg recalled an elementary school experience where she was berated for being too bossy and therefore considered a bad influence. In the same piece, Anna Maria Chávez told of being ridiculed for wanting to lead rather than support, as is traditional for females in her Latino culture.

  • Nurture

    Julia Nethersole

    From a training and educational standpoint, nurses are highly qualified to assess bodily system functions and use complex technology to monitor their patients. They monitor vital signs, check and replace IV lines, administer injections, make painstaking reports, and perform an overwhelming assortment of often unpleasant tasks not included in their job description. It is nurses who keep our hearts beating.

  • Contemplating "Realness"

    Julia Nethersole

    It is the rare being who can be fulfilled by the Descartian notion "I think, therefore I am".  Throughout time, we have chosen to see our image reflected via our possessions or our achievements. For my friend, her "realness" is inextricably linked to freedom. The freedom to live life on her own schedule, to walk without assistance, to make her own tea and toast.

  • Limits on Our Excess

    Julia Nethersole

    At the beginning, you're just trying to sneak in an episode before dinner, and before you know it you're on a bender—clocking over ten hours in a span of only two days, full seasons watched from start to finish. I've been there, and it is a dark time. I shamefully admit that my Netflix and I are so well acquainted, it has filtered in an entire category of "things I might like" titled "Eighteenth Century Period Dramas with a Strong Female Lead."

  • Identity Cooking

    Julia Nethersole

    What do we crave when we feast and fête? Certainly, the titillation of taste buds can last from 10 minutes to three hours; yet that is hardly an eternity. No, what is lasting, what evokes memory, is our need to connect, to sit belly to belly and recognize one of our own. For most, this begins with family food or cultural food.

  • Committing Ink

    Julia Nethersole

    Oh, to write a letter. To "sit down, pull out a piece of paper, and think about someone the whole way through . . . with intention", as Hannah Brencher says in her recent TED Talk, is a pleasure that satiates a need to recognize and be recognized for who we uniquely are to one another.

  • Forgetting Jane Austen

    Julia Nethersole

    I'm likely better off for it, because speaking of laughable opinions, I recently came across an article about Hannah Rosin's controversial new book, The End of Men and the Rise of Women. Rosin argues that "hook-up culture" is helping women become more successful in their careers. From the Business Insider piece:

  • Tourists in Our Own Lives

    Julia Nethersole

    Whilst transitioning from student to half-fledged adult in the world, I spent summers working at Rideau Hall. Often, while strolling those stately, manicured grounds, I would reflect on how thankful and fortunate I was to be surrounded by beauty in so many forms. My sense of gratitude did not stop with the verdant foliage, however; I was shaped, sometimes memorably, by the people I met—particularly by tourists.

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