Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Just a quick note, that yours truly is published in the April issue of 4 and 20's poetry journal. Check it out at http://4and20poetry.com. It's my fourth publication in some odd years since I started writing. Just a small one, but something to add to my badges of honour :) Hope you enjoy. Check out the other poets too! Very talented folks
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Current Song: Don't Know Why by Norah Jones
Yesterday, we finally got a GPS for the ole' Civic. It's mostly because we're a little bit directionally challenged in this family. I do fine after scrutinizing a map and can generally keep from getting too lost. But my heart pounds uncontrollably when I have to go somewhere new by myself (Can we say issues with driving much?).
I got to thinking about life and how handy it would be if we had a GPS system for it. Can you imagine if you could just enter the destination in the "where to?" function and just go. It would cut a lot of this dead end crap out I think. I like to go for my goals with a kind of singleminded determination. So far, it hasn't failed me too badly, but the process seems to be taking a bit more time than I would ideally like (Clearly, I'm in a rush to get somewhere).
I read in O Magazine yesterday about Luck. Apparently luck or chance are the opportunities afforded to people who are prepared to accept them. I often wonder whether I'm missing out on things because of my singlemindedness. I don't like to dilly dally a lot though, so I'm not sure how I would treat such a situation. But oddly enough, I consider myself fairly lucky. Lately, it's a bit of a funk and perhaps the key is to start thinking of myself as lucky again.
But then again, I also believe you'll end up where you're supposed to be no matter how you manipulate your own fate. If it's meant to happen, it'll happen. It's just the way it is.
What say you? Do you believe in luck or chance? Do you believe in making your own luck? Do you want a GPS for life?
Will write soon!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Current Song: Viva La Vida by Coldplay (this obsession is getting out of hand!)
I'm feeling a bit like a bard today....so here's a story.
In our old house in Nairobi, I found a little yellow see-through plastic heart. It was pretty beat up looking, with scratches and rough edges. It used to hang on a string. I kept it despite the fact that it wasn't really mine. I hung on to it across continents. It travelled in my backpack from Africa to the UK and then finally to Canada, where we live now.
One day, I added it to my keyring and carried it around with me everywhere I went (perhaps I thought it should see the world). It went to school and work and prayers and outings with me. Finally three years ago, the little loop that allowed me to string it on to things broke. I felt bad that it finally cracked, the plastic too old and weak to withstand that kind of activity in any case. It probably went through some ordeals before it was mine.
I put it aside until I was dusting my room the other day. I wondered what I would do with it. I'm not a packrat, but I didn't exactly want to bin it. I looked around my room trying to put it on various shelves and tried to hang it on the wall with a broken loop. Finally I taped it to my door, which has become a strange album for my travels.
I was glad I got to keep it. There is always someone who will care for a heart, no matter how beat up it is. You just have to find someone who is willing to put in the effort to find a place for it.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Current Song: Orinoco Flow by Enya (I know, old)
I'm back! Sorry I haven't written in a bit. I was busy wallowing. I seem to not be wallowing as much this week so I thought I'd better come around and write something. We've had three kinds of weather this last week. We had a fabulous day of sunshine, rain and more rain, and now we have snow. I think we're getting used to this whole turning into part of Alberta thing. It's not cool. We don't wear wool jackets in April. And I have a trench coat that I'm dying to wear!
So since it's spring (I think!) and it's the time of renewal, it's probably a good idea to put some things aside because they've become overrated. You get tired to hearing about the same thing over and over and you get to the point where you want to tell people to get a hobby. Especially me. I seem t have run right out of patience. So here's my top 5 list of overrated things that we need to set aside already.
1. Slumdog Millionaire - I will say that it was a good movie. By the time I watched it people had hyped it up far too much, and it was the Titanic phenomenon all over again. It was the little movie that could. And it did. And we need to let it go now, people.
2. Russell Peters - His impressions of Indian fathers are very funny. But they are also very 2004. There are many many other comics that are just as funny. For instance: Ron Paul, Ron Jossell, Jo Koy, Danny Bhoy. So go out there, good people, and explore what else the world of comedy has to offer. Worst come to worst, just go and listen to Eddie Izzard.
3. Obama praise - He's done some pretty good things. He's had a few gaffs. Just let the man do his job. When he needs a cheerleading squad, he'll ask for one.
4. Updating Your Facebook Status - I don't really need to know about your entire day or what your kid ate for lunch or that you're so excited about thursday night. One update a day is enough. Really. I won't mind.
5. The Recession - Damn you, recession. We'll win yet. It's doomsday all over the world, I know. But once in a while, we need some happy news (preferably not related to number 1 to 4).
Okay, I am done telling you what to do. Now go forth and explore! I shall write again soon. Hopefully with more interesting news. Adios, friends!