I still remember the writing competition I won as a kid. The prize was a mug (hefty, I know) and it seemed like the most wonderful thing in the world, that I could write words others would find entertaining. It's a kind of magic.
A Path To Stillness
You may have experienced it. The moment when you find yourself in perfect stillness, or looking back and realizing in surprise that for a stretch of time you thought of absolutely nothing at all. There are many names and versions of this sensation, most recently collected under the umbrella of mindfulness. Meditation teachers tell us to focus on the breath, to be alert and relaxed, to let everything be present, to let thoughts rise and fall like waves. It all sounds so peaceful and quiet.
Sage and The Book of Knowledge
This is a story about a book. Spoiler alert. Not a musty old book crackling with age in some forgotten bookshop. This is a book that changed worlds, built cities, even dabbled in poetry once or twice. This is a story about how even the smallest action can send shockwaves ricochetting through a world. Not the world. Not on a cosmic, come-with-me-if-you-want-to-live level. Don't get carried away, please. However, on account of you picking up this particular yarn I hardly need to tell you, you should never judge a book by its cover.
The Various Moods of Valentine's
To Valentine or not to Valentine, that is the question. This day's playlist is a delicate one. For some, Valentine's brings up golden memories of glitzy gifts and gorgeous getaways, for others it's a reminder that they haven't gotten flowers since that time in high school when a plastic rose cost less than lunch. In such polarising times as these music comes to the rescue.