Life Skills I Do Not Have #6 — Taking the heat!

For the longest time now I've been wondering if my propensity for impatience and bad temper might have to do with the weather! One major trigger is when my little tropical island state on the equator turns up the heat in the months of April and May. Which is saying a lot, since it's already … Continue reading Life Skills I Do Not Have #6 — Taking the heat!

My Monday Metrical Musings #80

"Hey Mr Flu I've missed you!" It's been two yearsWhere have you been?Were you underProtective custody?Or did Covid send you Into secret hiding? It's been two yearsI've nearly forgottenHow it felt to once againBe by you house-arrested!Laid up in bedWith a massive headacheMind groggy Nose drippin'Body chillin'Feelin' totally Depleted It's been two yearsTime again to … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #80

Daily living with autism #5 — on days it feels like anything but a blessing

Something I read earlier this week about a stranger's caregiving journey filled me with immeasurable sorrow and dread. Someone in a shared group chat on my WhatsApp posted the following text from a stay home dad: "Some of us are more lucky to have higher functioning children. Some of us don’t. Some have children literally … Continue reading Daily living with autism #5 — on days it feels like anything but a blessing

Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

You're back! Great. Thanks for returning to the second part of this mini-series on film reviews. (If you're new here though, you might want to read Part 1 first) Last week I stated that the act of writing film reviews can be an excellent training ground for aspiring writers to hone their writing craft for … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

Parenting in reverse #2: my Mother’s Day musing

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and wherever you're celebrating this, I hope it's a memorable one for you and your mom. With food, photos and fun for the whole family. For me though, it feels like just another day to step out for a meal with my mom; nothing more. Even that isn't a particularly welcome … Continue reading Parenting in reverse #2: my Mother’s Day musing

Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

I've been pondering the power and place of film reviews ever since I took up a film criticism and analysis module nearly a decade ago, on my way to completing a Mass Comm Masters. Back then I took up the module for the simple fact that I, like millions of other folks around the world, … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

My Monday Metrical Musings #78

Don't stop walking I see youI doI hope you can knowSomedayThat I felt your daddy's heartacheAs he led you firmly by the handWalking nondescript down the laneHoping no one sees you twoHoping if not to endThen to at least fadeOut of sight Out of mindFrom prying eyes and furtive stares You looked miserable in your … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #78

Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 2)

Hey glad you’re back in this special Mother's Day stay home mom tribute! Last week, my guest writer Sarah left us with a cliff-hanger – the outcome of the first formal intervention her eldest boy had. Today, we continue from there with the rest of her testimony. (Also available in this podcast episode) "How long … Continue reading Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 2)

“I apologise for being a jerk.” Making amends after three decades

Since I started on my stay home parenting journey, my social circle had shrunk and I find myself often wondering about the fluidity and fragility of friendship. How some friends stay put in your life while others leave, returning once in a blue moon or not at all. And then there are those from your … Continue reading “I apologise for being a jerk.” Making amends after three decades