To Binge or Not To Binge,

Whether you are a Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Iflix, Maxdome, or whatever movie and TV series streaming platform you choose, you will always stumble on something that is binge-worthy. To each his or her own and regardless of genre or era, there is definitely no walking away empty-handed. On such binge-days, I take the opportunity to catch up on items that the internet is raving about, or sometimes even just the colleagues at work. There may be a generation gap from time to tome, but quality movies with a decent or excellent script are non-negotiable standards. Often I find that…

Conversations with Buddha: 84,000 ways to suffer

As I sat at my desk this morning, hands wrapped around a deliciously strong cup of coffee, I stared in horror at the calendar. Friday. What?! I blinked on Monday morning and suddenly it is Friday already? Geez. Is it the ageing process that suddenly makes time pass faster? Let me rewind a bit and go back to last Sunday because it meant a lot to me. As I sat at my desk this morning, hands wrapped around a deliciously strong cup of coffee, I stared in horror at the calendar. Friday. What?! I blinked on Monday morning and suddenly…

For All The Sacrifices

Mothers´s Day is one of the most unnecessary holidays that the modern world has conjured up, and this is why: a mother, and all the mothers before us, should be honoured every day and thanked for every breath we take. Nobody, absolutely nobody enters this world without a mother, so you owe her your entire existence, no matter how tough, harsh, or confusing she may have been. This is the same woman who taught you about life, generosity, kindness, and above all, the sacrifices that need to be made in order to survive. I come from a long line of…

Have I Dared To Pray?

Every morningthe worldis created. Under the orange sticks of the sunthe heapedashes of the nightturn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches —and the ponds appearlike black clothon which are painted islands of summer lilies. If it is your natureto be happyyou will swim away along the soft trails for hours, your imaginationalighting everywhere. And if your spiritcarries within it the thornthat is heavier than lead —if it’s all you can doto keep on trudging — there is stillsomewhere deep within youa beast shouting that the earthis exactly what it wanted — each pond with its blazing liliesis a prayer…

Distance, Serenity, and Silence

You must be wondering what the photograph of the young woman has to do with the title. Well, grab a cup of coffee and I will tell you a story… It all began last December when my daughter decided to take a semester off from her studies in Florence and come live with me to heal. Our journey as housemates has not been easy, and we both recognised the fact that the three years of living apart has changed us both tremendously. Neither of us are used to anyone encroaching on our space and upsetting the balance anymore. We are…

Stop Worrying

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not, how shall I correct it? Was I right, Was I wrong, Will I be forgiven, Can I do better? Will I ever be able to sing, Even the sparrows can do it, and I am, well, hopeless. Is my eyesight fading, Or am I just imagining it, Am I going to get rheumatism, lockjaw, dementia? Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing. And gave it up. And took my old body…

Things To Have By The Time You Turn 50

*source: Two Southern Sweeties / Original article: 50 Things Every Woman Should have By Age 50 The following text was originally written for women (author unknown), which I found profoundly unfair to the other genders, as it applies to everyone. So I have tweaked it here and there… and if you are 60 and over, this is a definitive checklist! 1. An old lover who makes you smile with melancholy when you remember him / her and an old lover who makes you proud of how far you’ve come. 2. A piece of furniture that has never been previously owned…