a shared yoga challenge

“What’s up Party People?” (LOL! Inside joke!) For the past 2 years, I’ve done a Yoga With Adriene (YWA) video every single day (except during those 5 weeks in Dec-Jan 2021-2022 after I’d broken a rib).  At first, doing a YWA video was what kept me grounded during the pandemic.  It gave me something to…

tatami view

Ozu, Yasujiro, the Japanese film director, started his career in the 1920s. Let me guess! You’re imagining a black + white movie and you’re already losing interest, right? Okay — this post isn’t about animé or a bright Tokyo-esque story. But if you read on, I’ll tell you about this man and perhaps you might…

mistakes

Recently, one Japanese phrase has caught on in the west.  Wabi-sabi.  I hear it everywhere.  Books, articles, blogs (yes, the irony has not escaped me) Netflix shows.  And When I hear it, I think, Ugh! Not again. But either that expression has a ring that pleases our western ears, or our language lacks a way…

green daze

It’ll be a green day, I told myself as I set out on a walk to Alfama, the oldest neighbourhood in Lisbon.   William Burroughs apparently called this a “colour walk”.  But I do it a little differently from what he recommended because I use a camera.  Here’s how I go about it.  After I step…

copenhagen coffee lab

I am by no means a coffee connoisseur, but I’m no coffee philistine either.  Starbucks, not your cup of tea?  Then, Copenhagen Coffee Lab might be.  There are many, many things I dislike about Starbucks.  From its too expensive cups of frothy, sweet-n-creamy, caramel-y drinks– because can we really call them coffee (?) to the…

remember to fight

Doesn’t it feel like lately we’re living in a dystopian world? Humans have gotten so creative about the different forms of ‘ugly’ and hate we’ve been able to come up with – all intending to take power away from someone else. We’ve  really outdone ourselves. [Insert “slow clap” for us humans at this point.]   Sexism, racism, ageism…

who’s right?

There’s a rooster that lives across the arroyo.  There’s something a little off about him, though.  Before you think I’m being mean, let me explain.  It’s 7:24 pm as I write this, and he’s still crowing as heartily as if it were the crack of dawn. He starts crowing at around 5:30 am, like roosters…

slow down

Don’t you sometimes feel like this? When this guy slows down, what does it feel like?Is it relief or simply more stressful that things just aren’t getting done? Maybe, this bug thinks she’ll enjoy life after everything’s been taken care of. After the kids are raised. After that next promotion. After retirement. But how about…

for no good reason

Certain things make me inexplicably sad. A couple examples? A ‘catch-all’ drawer, for instance.  We all have them in our houses.  (At least I do, and mine is a jungle!) If you have one, it’s probably in the kitchen.  Everything’s in there – from the odd pencil to rubber-bands. From Post-Its, with numbers and scribbled…

the colour of summer

What does summer mean to you? Warmth? Hotels? Beaches? Travel? To Guyanese, summer is known as “August holidays”.  Regardless of what it’s called, it’s when weeks stretch languidly into each other, the vacation all children dream of.  That feeling of what summer embodies starts in childhood and perhaps it never leaves us.  It’s the time…