The Answer to the Universe

Listen instead 😉 I have about 10 books on the go at the moment.  Passing by my favourite book shop in Chiang Mai, I stop in “just to look” and admire the heavenly stacks of all-the-answers-to-my-questions, the panacea to my spiritual angst, the antidote to my existential restlessness. (I know I’m not the only one).... Continue Reading →

close enough

The sound of devotion Released to city streets Knitted into urban life Cast out into soupy air that hangs like a blanket on a line and holds a golden hum aum mani padme hum aum mani padme hum Deep, monotonous, real enough to almost stroke with my fingertips but not quite Held in by mountains... Continue Reading →

Love, no matter what

Canadian Thanksgiving has somehow rolled around again… already. Somewhere between the roast turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and fall leaves (none of which I’m experiencing by the way), the real significance of this holiday is mostly lost. But for many, it’s simply a time to reflect and give thanks for all our blessings.  I think most of... Continue Reading →

Road Trippin’

There are few things I love as much as I love riding my bike.  When I was 8 years old, I’d spend whole summer days riding my bike, making up destinations just to have an excuse to push pedal my way down empty roads spotted with afternoon sun and the promise of something magical.  The... Continue Reading →

Those Days

Those days when everything around me feels pointless are days to consider my own pointlessness.  Those days when roads are empty but for puddles, and the sky hangs so low it touches the crown of my head are days to consider my own emptiness and its weight upon my life. Those days I start things I can’t finish in... Continue Reading →

Opening Our Arms To Change

Autumn has arrived, and with it the scent of, well, death. While that sounds morbid, it’s really just nature doing its thing. Fallen leaves return to their original home, mixing with the soil and other plant material to create humus, the decaying matter that eventually becomes new life.  You might notice that the word humus... Continue Reading →

Laughter & Heartbreak In The Time Of COVID

Years ago, when high up in the Himalayan mountains during a spiritual yoga retreat, I adopted a behaviour as a strategy for surviving marital separation. It’s called the Laughing Dying Cockroach.  One lies flat on her back, kicking her arms and legs in the air while busting a most shameless gut-splitting laugh, using her anger,... Continue Reading →

Behind closed eyes

There is no exit point here Only an entry I may sit at the threshold, resisting or walk into it, trusting I may stand at its very centre yet still know nothing I may be touched again and again with thoughts, criticisms, judgements an aching knee a heavy heart a mad desire yet not ask... Continue Reading →

Ode to 2020: Goodbye, Thank You, Move On UP

Photo courtesy a beautiful man named Mik Rossi ❤️ How do you say goodbye to a year like 2020? With a lift of your hat and a sardonic smile concealing an under-your-breath growl––good riddance, through gnashed teeth perhaps?  Everything happens for a reason, they say. Our biggest challenges are our greatest teachers, they also say.... Continue Reading →

This Is How Life Gets Done

One of the most prominent questions a long-term traveller has is should I stay or should I go? The Clash had something to say about this. The reality is that we are all long-term travellers, whether we stay in one place our entire lives or move consistently from country to country. No one stays in... Continue Reading →

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