Natalie Karneef
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Natalie Karneef is a journalist and writer for film and television, whose work has appeared on the CBC, and in Lonely Planet, enRoute magazine, and The Montreal Gazette. She lives in Montreal, where she works in film and television, and is writing her first book. She currently appears in Fortunate Son, a feature documentary directed by her husband, about their complicated relationship with his aging Greek parents. She also blogs at Find out more about her at

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What I Learned Spending Time with Orphans in Rural Uganda

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:44 PM

I spent May and June of 2014 in rural Uganda, volunteering as a blogger, videographer and teacher with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, an organization that supports children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, their guardians, and their community. This happened on one of my last days there.

On Friday, I...

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Why I Never Felt Beautiful and Now I Do

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 11:55 PM

First you are born, and everyone says it.

Most of them probably don't mean it. Let's be honest: you look like a prune crossed with an English bulldog. But the people who made you, and the people who made them, believe it. Plus, you don't know any better, or care.

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What I Learned at the Rocky Horror Picture Show

(6) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 4:59 PM

I am wearing my underwear in the middle of downtown Montreal, with my friend Dawn, who used to be my friend Phil. No, this is not a dream.

I met Phil at 14. He was my first guy friend, and, before he moved away in the summer of 10th grade,...

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Why "Trying" Is Different Than Having Sex

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

I've been afraid to write about this for a long time.

First of all, I work freelance. Essentially, this means I'm always looking for a new job. I know that someone might read what I'm about to write and not want to hire me, especially as what I'm about to...

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My First Real Life Big Fat Greek Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 8:11 AM

Saturday, my husband, my mother-in-law and I headed to an official Big Fat Greek Wedding.

My husband, Tony, is of Hellenic origin, and although we've been together for six years, this was my first wedding as part of the family. (Our own, with an outdoor ceremony conducted by a Unitarian...

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My Love Letter to Montreal, 10 Years in the Making

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 12:42 PM

Ten years ago last Sunday, I sat by a window at a breakfast restaurant on de Maisonneuve, ordered a plate of pancakes, got out my journal, and wrote:

"What have I just done?"

I'd been in love with Montreal for years. From the night I'd arrived for a weekend visit...

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Higher Ground

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:00 PM

We bear our children at the feet of mountains.

Not literally. I mean, some people might. Personally, I'm still on the fence about giving birth any further than 10 feet from a spinal tap. But figuratively, everyone is born at base camp. And it's only uphill from there.

We give...

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Learning to Swim at 33

(14) Comments | Posted March 24, 2012 | 4:21 PM

I didn't learn to swim until more than 10 years after the day I almost drowned.

I'd loved being in the water as a kid, but had been a terrible swimmer. Where I grew up, the swimming levels were ordered by colour, so as we learned to dog paddle and...

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How to Travel Light

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Yesterday, I found myself in a 2000-year-old theatre on the side of the road.

I'm in a small seaside town in Turkey, where I've come to spend a week writing. I know, idyllic, right? For example, before I got to the theatre, I was taking a walk along the shore....

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Things My Husband and I Argue About When We Make Pizza

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 1:17 PM

The other night, my husband Tony and I decided to make pizza, a tradition we've begun ever since we found pre-made gluten-free crust at a nearby health food store. Except that when Tony went to pick up the crust, the store had run out. Apparently a woman has started coming...

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