Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

Two days from now is World Suicide Prevention Day, observed every 10 September. With one in 100 deaths globally a suicide, and the far higher number of loved ones impacted by it, suicide is undeniably a serious life-and-death matter that needs to be addressed and discussed more. After all, it ought to be the one … Continue reading Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

Life Hack Book Review #4 — Living the non-linear life

In a recent post, I referenced award-winning author and TV personality Bruce Feiler and his excellent book The Council of Dads (2010). While adding in my post an Amazon link to the book, I stumbled upon one of his more recent works (published last year); the subject of this, my fourth and latest life hack … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #4 — Living the non-linear life

Is the Olympic medal or mettle the reward? Neither!

The pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics ended three days ago, but I suspect we're still not grasping its significance. The world argued for months whether it should proceed or not, given that the pandemic showed no signs of relenting. Many who were for it were clearly pleased that the Olympics' governing body (the IOC) held fast … Continue reading Is the Olympic medal or mettle the reward? Neither!

A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Ever since Avengers Endgame, I've taken to telling my sons each night before bedtime that I love them "3,000". Those who watched the film will know what I mean. {For those who didn't, stay with me til the end of this post and I'll tell you.} Since they were babies, I've always tucked my boys … Continue reading A “council of wise men” for my sons?

A Tragic Musing – More than words can say

[With permission granted to Salt&Light, a version of this post titled "Tragedy and grief in our schools, but the language of friendship speaks healing and hope" also appeared on 27 July 2021 here] Usually, I alternate my Saturday blogs strictly between the topics of autism and parenting. But this has been a week like no … Continue reading A Tragic Musing – More than words can say

To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

By now, these are all-too-familiar scenes in my daily life. I could be walking out from one room in my house en route to another. Or washing my cup right after breakfast. Or I'm whisking from one opened computer window to another on my laptop. Whilst walking, washing or whisking, an idea, memory, random thought, … Continue reading To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

Am I living a “low-desire life”? ABSOLUTELY!

Each time I go for a swim these past few years, I would complete just 20 laps. Usually finished in under 45 minutes, about two to three times a week. Some would say a leisurely life. Why 20 laps only? No rhyme or reason; I could probably do at least ten more if I felt … Continue reading Am I living a “low-desire life”? ABSOLUTELY!

Why has turning 51 made me wanna be a grandpa?

So what has celebrating another birthday yesterday meant for me, other than turning from 50 to 51? First and foremost, I have well and truly left my fortuitous 40's behind! Last year when I wrote about turning the "Big Five-O” and what it meant, I could still say tongue-in-cheek that I'm in my "late 40s". … Continue reading Why has turning 51 made me wanna be a grandpa?

The teacher who showed me how failure felt

Nearly four decades now since that eventful week, but the feeling remains as palpable as ever. I was in my first year at an all-boys secondary school. Barely 13, and struggling with the usual teenage issues. Adjusting to a new school environment. Dealing with triple the number of academic subjects and extracurricular activities. Traveling daily … Continue reading The teacher who showed me how failure felt