Procrastination vs. progress

I'm currently working on my first real academic essay in what's been about a decade, and wow, what a trial. So much reading, so much writing, so much thinking! On some level, I suppose I'm enjoying it, but I'd forgotten how challenging study is. Especially when it's in a discipline you're only just getting acquainted... Continue Reading →

One year on…

It's been one year since record-breaking floods swept through my hometown and surrounding regions. For many, it was a harrowing time. Several people tragically died, and many more were in serious danger. Thousands were ordered to evacuate. While our street is elevated enough not to flood, homes only a few kilometres away were inundated with... Continue Reading →

Re-entry

It is interesting how when things are going relatively well, and your options open up, there emerges a need to zoom in and refocus on where you're going. On the other hand, when you cannot do much (or have precious few resources with which to move forward), then you are prone to clutch at whatever... Continue Reading →

Taking the next exit

Whenever I start thinking about the future, I'm prone to look at it through lenses from the past. That is, allowing past experiences and setbacks to have too much influence in shaping the future. To some degree, this can happen unconsciously. Recently, I was having an interesting conversation with someone. An intriguing point they made... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Eve

It's that time again: when one reflects on the past year, and thinks about what the new year might bring. (For me, the highlight of 2017 was becoming an aunt to a very cute nephew!) However, some events of this year remain difficult to think about. The year was marred by tragedy, both close to... Continue Reading →

Departure day

Today is a long-awaited day for me. For the first time in over 1.5 years, I'll be flying! As I think about this upcoming trip, I feel a little nervous. Not so much about being in a plane thousands of feet above the ground, I don't really mind that. It's just that it's been awhile... Continue Reading →

Reformation

“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to... Continue Reading →

The dark sacred night

Our dog is highly sensitive to thunderstorms. If there is a storm anywhere within, say, 200km or so, she will let us know about it before we even think to check the radar. I remember one night staying outside with her, right into the early hours of the morning. There was some persistent thunderstorm activity... Continue Reading →

I’m tired

If a person with Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) says "I'm tired", it's not the kind of tired where you go to bed, sleep through the night, and wake up feeling better the next day. Unfortunately. The 'tiredness' of a pwME (person with ME) is usually code for "I'm experiencing post-exertional malaise" (also known as post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion).... Continue Reading →

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