You probably heard the question "Who's with me?" in more movies than you care to count (though I challenge you to name one!). There'll be like one guy asking this question of his band of brothers, just before they head off for new adventures. Or something like that. One year ago, I decided to give … Continue reading “Who’s with me?” The truth about friends
Dear C Earlier this week, on the way to school, you started humming along to Sting's "An Englishman in New York" on Spotify. But instead of "New York", you later replaced it with "Bedok", a town twice removed from where we live, and at least two million times removed from the Big Apple herself! When … Continue reading “An Englishman in Bedok” – Letter to C as he turns 10
Dear C In the blink of an eye, you've moved up another primary school level. Congrats!! And your school even made the distinction very clear this time by moving you to a totally different campus. So, not only must you adjust to a new class with new friends and teachers, you have to adjust to … Continue reading How this stay-home-dad braved yet another first day of school.
In his book "Lonely On the Mountain", novelist Louis L'Amour had this to say: "There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." I find that to be very true, especially in this history-making year of 2020. Who doesn't want to believe the worst will well and truly … Continue reading 2020 Reflections & Musings #4 of 4 – Let’s not release the “Pause” button just yet.
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko on Pexels.com Picture it. Two men emerge from a delivery van parked at the bottom of an apartment block. They start to unload parcels in all shapes and sizes, placing them in an orderly fashion on the pavement. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason where each parcel is … Continue reading My Conflicted Christmas 2020 Musings #2 of 2
A small speck in the universe Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Being part of something bigger is what everyone's experienced at least once in our lives, whether we recognise it then or not. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it's part of every human's DNA that we aspire towards being … Continue reading Connecting Caregivers – finally meeting a very special & overdue need
Photo by Giftpundits.com on Pexels.com In the twinkling of an eye, Christmas is here again! Another year to celebrate Christ's birth, but also another year of confusion and conflicting feelings for me. And perhaps, in this Covid/Climate/Campaign year, for many of us too. But for me, none of those events brought on these unsettled emotions … Continue reading My Conflicted Christmas 2020 Musings #1 of 2
My dear boys You may be wondering if I had forgotten this Toxic People series, since my last email to you was so long ago. I apologise. The truth is I hadn't expected this to be the most difficult to write, until I sat down and started to. It was like opening Pandora's Box - … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #8 The Needy Victims
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com "Okay so you need to isolate the energy to your finger tips and hit those piano keys with that, not with your wrist or arm power." "Isolate", he tells me. Right. But doesn't he know? When you've never given a second thought as to where your hands typically derive … Continue reading 2020 Reflections & Musings #3 of 4 – “When he plays piano in the dark…”
Ice Cream Photo by Cleyder Duque on Pexels.com I just wanted some Ice creamTo whittle away theseBlistery summer daysThat scorch my tongueDay after day after day To melt all my caresAll my fears AwayEven for a momentNo matter how Cliche That first biteLike eventideCoolComposedComfortingCalming But I don't get ice creamI get Cross-fitCut-backsCagesConsequences I get lostFoggyForagingForever … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #5