How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

So last week I started this mini-series to talk about how to retire well. You do that you know, when you're like me; a man past 50, increasingly living on borrowed time! In that post, I talked about the first of three important truths I've come to embrace: If we don't want to suffer retirement … Continue reading How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

My Monday Metrical Musings #48

Outside my window Outside my windowA mountainReaching up to heavenEach day outside my windowIn my Imagination. Outside my windowA lakeAs far as my eye can seeShining bright In blinding daylightA mirror Reflection. Outside my windowA forestBreathing pulsatingEver so quietlyBirds chirpingLeaves rustlingBranches oh so gently Swaying. Outside my windowThe oceanPounding soaringWith every riptideIts roaringReverberatesDeafening in itsMajestic … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #48

How home-based learning is like “realpolitik”!

Former US President Theodore Roosevelt said the best foreign policy was "speak softly and carry a big stick." Talk about a succinct way to define realpolitik and gunboat diplomacy! I often find that to be true too when it comes to home based learning (HBL) with my son C; at least when it comes to … Continue reading How home-based learning is like “realpolitik”!

How to retire well #1 of 3: Have a plan “with legs”

Two days from now is the annual UN International Day of Older Persons and one thing remains unchanged. Despite the inevitability of it, few of us bother to plan for the day we retire. Until recently, I would include myself in that unfortunate lot. Why unfortunate? Studies show many of us who fail to plan … Continue reading How to retire well #1 of 3: Have a plan “with legs”

My Monday Metrical Musings #47

For All of Humankind When I first started 10 months agoI really didn't even know.How many I could find in meThese metrical musings 1 ?__2 ?___3 ? Yet here I am at #47Well, in fact guess what?It's actually 50!Cos there were 3 I didn't serialiseThey were random thoughtsOf love and Auld __lang ___syne. The question … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #47

Sports: How I came to play my least favourite game!

For the longest time, sports was never my thing; I would much rather sit down with a good book. Even now when I regularly swim, jog or brisk walk, I would still never call myself a sports enthusiast. I do those merely to stay in as pink a health as I can. For, unlike other … Continue reading Sports: How I came to play my least favourite game!

Feel Good Book Review #2 – The world still can’t get enough of feel-good quotes!

It was the second of three atypical days in my household last week and reading a book, even reviewing one, was the last thing on my mind! Drilling works had been underway in an apartment unit two floors down from where we live. Unfortunately, the thunderous noise generated by this untimely renovation lasted from 9 … Continue reading Feel Good Book Review #2 – The world still can’t get enough of feel-good quotes!

My Monday Metrical Musings #46

Just five minutes Just five minutes That's all you needFive brief minutesFor you to breathe Just five minutesTo unwindTo let the wind Blow away the grime Just five minutesFor you to stepOutside your hurtAnd endless regret Just five minutesIt won't take longPlug in and listen toYour favourite tune or song Just five minutesYou need it … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #46

Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

Last week I wrote about the unfortunate, ongoing trend of parents who don't listen to their kids, invariably leading many of them into depression. Or worse. Today, I want to share some practical strategies to help parents, should mental health issues ever surface in our children. It'll also be my way to archive valuable info … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

What REALLY happens when I rewrite!

It's been a year since I wrote about my book-length memoir's rewrite process. And there's a good reason why: I've not (gulp!) been doing much of it! Notice though I said "not...much..." Meaning I have done some. So, not a complete lost cause. Then again, once you read on here to see what exactly I … Continue reading What REALLY happens when I rewrite!