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Ancient Wisdom For World Travellers (& history buffs)

Have you ever been accused of ‘running away’ when you tell people that you’re going to move out of the country or leave on a round the world trip? I have, by a friend, and he sent me an ancient text by Roman philosopher & statesman Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD) to prove his point that my running away was not going to solve anything. While I disagree with his assumption that I, in…

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FUCK YEAH This Is Going To Be Epic

You know that feeling when you finally make up your mind? Finally put words into practice? Take concrete steps to actually make your plan work? You know, that feeling like there’s a weight lifted off you shoulders and you just want to bounce and jump around and hug random people? It is AWESOME. And all, ladies and gentlemen, because…. …..insert drum roll here… I finally booked my plane ticket. (This would be the appropriate time…

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How Is Your Mother & Why I Can’t Answer That Question

People ask me a lot about my mother recently. How she’s doing. Although asked with the best intentions, I hate that question and don’t know how to answer it. You see, she has cancer. Of the colon. Diagnosed last August, she went straight to surgery where they removed forty centimeters of her colon and fifteen lymph nodes, one of which didn’t look so good so they prescribed her eight rounds of chemo. She’s now going…

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Realms of Memory – A Paradox

I took a high dose of painkillers. No worries. I am not trying to kill myself. Doctor’s prescription. But they make the mind a little fuzzy. Apologies. The past few days have been infused with memories, triggered by walking around the town that I call my home even though I wasn’t born there and don’t live there anymore.  A walk around town leads past the building where my first student dorm was, the library where…

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