The heart of the matter

What a fortnight this has been... while I have had the privilege of working from home for some time now, the intense preparation for the work-from-home measures at my workplace has left me tired, sombre and contemplative. As news of international travel bans, airlines implementing severe reduction in domestic flights, and borders closing were broadcast, … Continue reading The heart of the matter

When did you…?

The lunar new year has dawned…and the traditional celebration goes for 15 days. I anticipate another family gathering this week to mark the end of this festive period. Celebratory it may be, I do not mark time with festive seasons, whether they be Christmases or new years or lunar new years. Oddly, not birthdays either. … Continue reading When did you…?

Venom #Haiku 290

    words like venom surge, denial futile, love absent; its outcome certain? ~ FlorenceT   The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #290. This week's prompt words are Jump and Asp. Asp made me think of venom, while surge is a synonym for jump. Too tenuous the relationships? 🙂 If you are interested … Continue reading Venom #Haiku 290

Are you noticing?

I recall reading somewhere (though I do not remember where otherwise I would have quoted it here) that our children are here to teach us something about life. Wise words, indeed 😉 ? I am often reminded of this when parenting challenges arise, such as when I ran out of solutions or strategies to deal … Continue reading Are you noticing?

Imperfections

For the ones who neglect themselves, who prioritize others' wellbeing, remember. It is not a selfish act to work on your own selves. In and through your growth, you embody and model, inspire and en-courage others to their better selves. You are better able to be in relationships that serve and nurture. Food for thought … Continue reading Imperfections

A final act

I have been called an over-thinker 🙂 and I shall not admit or deny this. It’s all relative and subject to circumstances. Sometimes it is warranted and thus, is it overthinking? Sometimes I ought to have been a bit more spontaneous, that’s for sure. And sometimes they are moments of reflection, to ponder the meanings … Continue reading A final act

Kindness of others

I was lucky there was no physical injury, merely a loss of property. A bruise to my ego to be scammed; it is some consolation by the fact that I was being kind and helpful. It was the loss of personal items and conveniences that bothered me more than the loss of cash and credit … Continue reading Kindness of others

A lesson of jet-lag

Jet lagged, and my body can’t sense its clock. This is not about sleeping or waking, feeling hungry or otherwise. This is the “clock” which senses the passing of day… it knows the sensations of morning, noon or night no matter if it is tired. It activates accordingly, and there is a certain flow to … Continue reading A lesson of jet-lag

Storyteller, thy fiction

We tell ourselves stories in order to live. ~ Joan Didion Stories, they are all stories we tell across time and space. Some stories we take as absolute truths, some stories as fairytales. These stories fixed forever till someone dares to ask “why”, to confront with “so what”. Then there are stories which change with … Continue reading Storyteller, thy fiction

Are you the new person drawn toward me?

Are you the new person drawn toward me? To begin with, take warning, I am surely far different from what you suppose; Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal? Do you think it so easy to have me become your lover? Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy’d satisfaction? … Continue reading Are you the new person drawn toward me?

Connectedness – the science

Using science to explain the meaning of connectedness… an incredible talk. “Every breath that you take contributes to the countless lives after you, lives you will never see… it is worth thinking that maybe the meaning of our lives is beyond the scope of our understanding.”     The way that we are in our … Continue reading Connectedness – the science

His wilderness… let go

Letting go is not an easy thing to do for one – moi - who is used to managing things. This is especially when I have to let go of who-is-now a young man, filled with enthusiasm for life, feeling entirely invincible. But then I know better, don’t I? I still remember his need for … Continue reading His wilderness… let go

Solitude – Community

I have posted quite a few "things" about solitude, and wrote about what it is and why we need it.  It was even in a poem. Here are Parker Palmer's definitions of Solitude and Community which are truly compelling. And I so agree. They are states of being, not doing. What do you think? Solitude does not necessarily mean … Continue reading Solitude – Community

Contemplating cooking…

I have been doing quite a bit of cooking lately. Not much of a revelation unless you know me well. You will know my self-value is not tied to how well I keep house involving cleaning or cooking – I was brought up to place significance and priority on my intellect and academics. Perhaps I … Continue reading Contemplating cooking…

Capricious #Haiku Challenge 157 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 157 with prompt words - Amuse, Irate  capricious antics irate I cease to be, so amused I look on. ~ FlorenceT   And here's a song to go with the haiku 😉 :       © 2017 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work. … Continue reading Capricious #Haiku Challenge 157 @RonovanWrites

Apocalyptic movie or documentary?

The promise of a movie night, with a simple dinner and a little sugar-filled treat we had bought for later. All seemed in place. She picked an apocalyptic movie – humanity’s only survivors from a climate disaster on a train to nowhere under the control of the greedy in power. Twenty minutes in and I’d … Continue reading Apocalyptic movie or documentary?