“It was always the other way round”

The Moment ~ Poem by Margaret Atwood (A poem on the pride of man, and the grace of nature) The moment when, after many years of hard work and having a long voyage you stand in the centre of your room, house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, knowing at last how you got there, and…

A Brief Breakup with Samsung Notes

Dear Samsung S Notes, I feel like murdering you for a little bit. I feel betrayed by you, and I am upset at myself that I ever thought I understood you. My brain is filled with the images of what we shared. Notes, thoughts, letters. We used to have so much together. I lost all my S…

QZ8501: When comfort cannot do its job

Yesterday, QZ8501 crashed mercilessly into the ocean, bringing 160 precious lives along with it. They must’ve received many comforting words and lovely cards… but death, it sits with them. It is all-consuming and inky – it fills up their lungs with black ink. Comfort can only venture to the edges of death – it cannot go…

Tearing Babel Down: When God Stopped Cultural Homogeneity

It’s not that hard to see how different everyone is – just attend a meeting in the office. Different accents, diction (choice of words), mindsets and cultural practices. Sometimes the differences are so vast you question if they are even from the same planet. “Closer to the apes maybe,” you think to yourself. Have you…

Don’t expect to be Treated Fairly in this Life

I remember feeling really terrible one anonymous day. It was so bad I couldn’t sleep all night. I felt like the whole world was somehow in it. ‘They’ say your loved ones have the greatest access to your heart. I think ‘they’ really knew what they were talking about. One can never get used to hurt –…

How to Slow Down Time (Read Slowly)

The speed of life accelerates with eyes glued to a phone. It doubles when it comes to swiping the ice-pucks on super portables. Don’t even get me started on the rocketing effect that laptops have on time. (Think Sims 3 and Minecraft: Games that take us hours to build and draft) ~ When I sing a…

Oops, I Got an English Degree!

Originally posted on Reasonably Ludicrous:
This morning, I woke up to a horrible realization. Actually, that happens pretty much every morning, the realization being that I’m awake and no longer in the blissful world of dreams. But on this fateful day, I came to recognize a much more devastating truth: I had spent four years…

Book Review: The Plague by Albert Camus

It wasn’t front page news. But it was a freaky coincidence when I read an article in The Guardian about a man dying from plague, driving the entire city in of Yumen, China, into quarantine. Sounds like a normal piece of bad news right? Not when one has just finished “The Plague” by Albert Camus. “How eerie,” I remember…

Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Maybe we’re all sick, with this too much of everything. Every once in a while you pick up a book that gives you access into the heads of very interesting people, and compels you to feel vaguely connected to them. A sort of short resonance with your own souls and theirs. This book was somewhat that for me….

Perth ain’t no pushover

“Land of the farm animals and infinite fields,” declared a friend of mine. Just tell someone you’ve just been to Perth for a holiday – then watch their expression go from excited to confused (something that of an odd horror). “What did you DO there??” they ask, genuinely surprised. Or “Did you do farm stay?” As if all…

On Annie Dillard: Nature and The Writing Life

Originally posted on Brokenpenwriter's Blog:
Annie Dillard walked by my side when I lived on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island in 1975. My isolation was no less than hers, although I was surrounded by people: loggers, fishermen, trappers, hunters, chefs, waiters and a bar full of whiskey that I was in charge of.…

Why Do We Fall in Love So Easily?

Falling in love with your eyes: Lovely looks, in a second Catches your eye, you can’t pretend She’s far beyond the clueless crowd If only you’d send your love out loud Falling in love with a sound: A flutter in your tummy Her insane laughter echoes This weird game of rummy Will never be as fun Without her…