the strange word of pain and solace

2021-06-30 When pain is inevitable, how do we handle it? In recent years we heard more of sudden separation between loved ones, wherein one departed to a realm the other could not reach. The suddenness and the frequency of similar departures reached a point when even a hitherto calm hermit, somewhat perturbed, would let the … Continue reading the strange word of pain and solace

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an accidental writer (2023 sequel): Resonance and echo motivation

Writing is lonely. What drives a writer to write? A guitar resting in a corner can play by itself to synchronize with several other guitars being played in the same room. I was told by a band member. Sound waves that are of equal frequency and phase add together to form a wave of larger … Continue reading an accidental writer (2023 sequel): Resonance and echo motivation

A sudden goodbye we never said

It was a time to say goodbye and we didn't know then. I never attended the annual reunion gathering of my former classmates from junior secondary school. I left that frontier oil and gas town, which later became a cosmopolitan municipality, many decades ago. I went back only once after many decades, and walked down … Continue reading A sudden goodbye we never said

the “reasons” why we do not celebrate together anymore

For at least a decade the traveler's heart has stopped assigning a significance or meaning (connected to relationship) to any festive season. It is not intentional. It is just a matter of circumstances. The rare occasions a festive celebration occurred was associated with the presence of kid(s). Non-celebration frees one up to do some other … Continue reading the “reasons” why we do not celebrate together anymore

Accidental art and writing (a sequel): How does clarity motivate a reader? Resonance

Any serious writer will tell you what clarity really means. It means freedom from encumbrances-encumbrances such as, requiring everyone to be confined to pre-specified space, time, schedule, program, hoards of strange and illogical-irrational man-made rituals, sprouting "causes" which suddenly sprang out seemingly from nowhere like a thick veil of impenitrable fog onto the surface of … Continue reading Accidental art and writing (a sequel): How does clarity motivate a reader? Resonance

a hermit-traveler’s snowy November 2019

20191122 Two years had passed since one November up a mountain lavishly painted with snow. It was a new experience for a hermit and yet a traveler in life for decades. The snow came just as notified through the weather forecast on the internet. Nothing really changed when it came and the locals above the … Continue reading a hermit-traveler’s snowy November 2019

Past squares #15. A traveler’s day including an orphanage outing.

taken on 2014-11-04 an orphanage I can remember that day. I was with several tourists. Someone wanted to see an orphanage and so we were brought there. It was part of the travel package. We saw the lake, the dam, fishermen, flowers at roadside, colorfully painted schools, a boy who drew a pair of glasses … Continue reading Past squares #15. A traveler’s day including an orphanage outing.