Just trying to absorb the world around me, one thing at a time.
To My Roommates.
It's been 2 years since I wrote the words to a small poem included at the end of this reflection here, and I remember the emotion clearly. There's something about knowing "I will never have an experience like this again" that can propel you into gratitude.
5 Things You Didn't Know About Your Tour Guide
When I was in college, I spent 2 springs memorizing all there was to know about the city of Ottawa (this would be the capital of Canada, for anyone not from around these parts). I live about 6 hours from this city, closer to Toronto really, and yet for 2 months I commuted back and forth to the bilingual capital with buses full of grade 7 and 8 kids who frankly sometimes didn't want to learn much of anything. But they were fun. And I had fun.
"Mercury" Asks the Big Questions
There will always be certain questions that resonate with almost everyone. They stick to our hearts because of the universality of uncertainty that targets our shared humanity. Everyone asks questions, and everyone wonders what their purpose is. The repeated phrase “Where do you run to?”, reverberates off the cosmic walls that make up “Mercury.” Injected between verses of contemplation interspersed with narrative in a sort of AB poetic format, Sufjan Stevens’ beautifully synthesized voice carries the question that gets to the core human issue.