Some insight into how artists work

A few notable passages from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. This book is proof enough that different things work for different people and what might work for one may not work for another. These ones are my personal favorites: “I live alone, there’s no one else to be responsible for or to, […]

The problem with books and moving

I have lived in exactly ten houses and in two different countries so far in my life and I’m about to move again pretty soon – houses, not countries. And one of the most frustrating things about not having a place to call your own is not being able to have a place to keep […]

How is the grass over there?

The grass is always greener on the other side. There’s a reason this line is so well known. It summarizes the human propensity for dissatisfaction. Of course, it is true that whatever your situation, “always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself” (Desiderata, 1927). But if it happens that you chase different shores without […]

Limiting freedom

There’s a reason why prison is considered punishment: freedom is essential to living. Even if we only ever do 10% of all the possible things to do in this world, just knowing that we can do the other 90% if and when we want to is enough. I’m not talking about breaking the law or […]

My Reading Year : Best of 106 in 2016

Yes, I did it! I read 106 books this year. That’s a new record for me. So in case you’re curious or just want to try out some good recommendations, here are my five-star reads in no particular order: CLASSIC FICTION Paul Faber: Surgeon by George MacDonald  – The main character is a surgeon and […]

When I grow up, I want to be…

Majority of people are fortunate enough to know what they are passionate about at the very early stage of, say, childhood. It may be painting or singing or poetry or, at the other end of the spectrum, being an accountant or a nurse or an engineer. For those of us who have passions on both […]

If you had to fit your life in 40kg

… what would you find in your luggage? That’s what I had to do at the start of November when I began packing for my big move to an entirely different world.  I can’t say how many times I had to open and unpack and weigh and unpack and weigh and open and weigh my […]