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Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

“A stranger covered your cheque. He said it’s because he thinks you’re beautiful.”

There are times in life where I get a crazy idea and I don’t feel like keeping it in my head. This can be seen when I’m waiting for the bus, listening to Pusha T and dancing in a crowd of people pissed off that it’s snowing. This happens in subways when people are reading [...]

Four leaf clovers

                  I once gave a girl named Rachel Denkers a rock. I told her that if she threw it away I would die. I assume she has kept it. Weirdly enough I have heard numerous confirmations in the decade since I picked up a rock and passed [...]

We really made a killing

Darwin was a monkey, Adam was a murderer of innocence A meme of internet interest, the evolution of what’s holy and scientific And how they intersect And all the truth we can fit in an instant In life and death, God and insect Every atom began with a big bang, and the news cycle is [...]

How dope can you get

How dope can you get Ask the junkie as he lights the jets that let him lucid dream Lucy in the sky with diamonds on the soles of her feet Dancing to the beat of I am leaving on a jet plane Don’t know when I’ll be back again, baby I hate to go But [...]


The reality in life is that people are almost always too close or too far away. Proximity invites conflict. Distance invites loneliness. Distance is yearning, hope and no arms around you when you sleep.  With distance  you can be selfish, you can own yourself so completely there is no other reality than the one that [...]

Money Sick

  So there’s this joke I have been trying to word. It’s good. I mean I laugh. Sort of. So this guy is experiencing low grade anxiety. Nothing big. Just feels a bit like a teakettle collecting stem or a man about to scream into the face of a stranger on a bus. He just [...]

Awkward Conversations: Why We Lose Important Connections

I don’t understand why people don’t want to give speeches at funerals. For me that would be a big moment. I would write the hell out of it. People would cry. People would cheer. I would momentarily be your grandmother’s hero. I’m not saying I’m ghoulishly excited about the death of those close to me. [...]

What if

What if those things you hate about yourself were beautiful? What if it was perfectly reasonable to want to be safe What all that pain and worry gave you compassion What if that war you fight with yourself makes you part of the human race What if your mistakes saved your friends from following in [...]

Sharing Your Worst Fears

I remember walking through a Freshco in my pajama pants on the phone with my dad trying not to cry.  Also trying to find yogurt. But not mainly trying not to cry. His voice was gentle and mine was fighting panic. I did cry but we haven’t gotten there yet. My house burned down the [...]

Hockey Fans

The sandwich had fried chicken and onions. The side order was fries. There was some type of mayo based spicy sauce.  I may or may not go back. I was not strongly affected one way or the other. What I might remember, if only because I’m currently writing it down, was the face of the [...]

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    Michael Kimber is a 26-year-old journalist who suffered a nervous breakdown on November 3rd, 2009. On March 28th, 2010 when he recovered from mental illness, he began writing a blog called Colony-of-losers. About falling on your face to figure out who you are and the hilarious antics of a blond jew. What began with a few friends and his mother reading has become a cult phenomenon, averaging 10,000 views a week, receiving praise from Commonwealth Award Winner Shandi Mitchell and many others. On, November 3rd, 2010, the one year anniversary of his mental breakdown he signed with Anne McDermid and Associates, the largest literary agency in Canada. In a year he went from wearing pajamas, making his couch depression HQ to leaving his hometown for the Toronto, where he exclusively wears business suits and the armor of ancient Greeks. Don't worry, he's still choking on the feet he contently sticks in his mouth and making moments awkward just by being part of them. During these struggles he met other talented bastards and drew them into his circle. Peter Diamond became his illustrator. Patrick Campbell his video editor and part time photographer. He recently added the incredibly talented John Packman as Colony of Losers Toronto photographer. Without the support of the Colony of Losers, Michael Kimber would be nothing. Welcome to the losers and the success that comes from utter and complete failure. You aren’t alone. Follow him on If you’d like to hire him for a public speaking engagement for mental health events in Toronto, like to arrange an interview, offer millions to publish his book or for another reason contact Michael please email him. And join his facebook Colony of Losers.

    Really obvious disclaimer:
    I’m not a trained psychologist. Just a fellow traveler. If you need help seek it from the professionals. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides a help locator. You can find crisis resources provided by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. If you are in the states check here. It will give you services by zip code. I’d also recommend checking out I think they do great work and have been a help to me personally.

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