One of my favourite pieces of art in my house is a photograph of a lighthouse being pummeled by a raging storm off the coast of Brittany. Like a fist of defiance jutting straight out of the water, it endures the pelting waves, spray and froth effortlessly, stoically. And more than that, it is a … Continue reading What Has The Agile Manifesto Uncovered For Me?
"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". Oscar Wilde. During this pandemic, my “Screen Time” stats, like most other people, have spiked up significantly. With almost no in-person meetings, our screens have become our sole means of interaction with others - family, friends and co-workers. What a dystopian existence. As a kid, one … Continue reading Life is like an Etch A Sketch
My step-mother passed away on New Year’s Day. She had been in the hospital for almost a month. At the worst possible time during rising COVID infection numbers in the community and social lockdowns in effect. Initially admitted into ICU suffering from pneumonia, she recovered to a point where she was moved out of ICU … Continue reading When Is a J Not a J?
I could use words like... Pandemic Unprecedented Unpredictable Social distanced Face masked Self isolated Disconnected Virtual Zoombombed Record breaking Heartbreaking Dumpster fire Devastation Locked down I would rather end the year on a more optimistic note. And so, the 2 phrases that had my back all year long were: “Let’s just see what happens?”“Why not?” … Continue reading How Would I Sum Up My 2020?
“Do or do not, there is no try” - Yoda, Star Wars. You know that feeling just before you do something for the very first time? Or just before you do something scary or something you’ve put off for far too long? I dread that feeling. Usually accompanied by a physical sensation of butterflies and … Continue reading Facing My Dread of Doing Something
I’m slow. She’s fast. I’m the epitome of waiting until... wait for it... ... ... the last responsible moment. Sometimes hard to tell if it’s patience or simply an excuse for procrastination. I’d like to think the former. She would say the latter. She was a champion gopher smasher. A whack-a-moler par excellence. Striking at … Continue reading How I Survived (barely) The Perfect Storm
As I leaned back in the armchair in my living room, I casually glanced up and out my window. I noticed three lights piercing the night’s cloak of darkness. Like three stars in the sky. Each glowing softly, quietly, resolutely. It turns out they were just street and building lights that had always been there. … Continue reading Take a Moment to Glance Up
“There are always two sides to every story.” Or as my wife is fond of saying, “There’s your side and then there’s my side - the right side!” Why “two” sides? That’s true if there are only two people in the story. What happens when there are more than two people? Why not as many … Continue reading What Does It Look Like From Over There?
There’s an old English proverb that I had always taken for granted. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” In my experience, this had always been a universal truth because people I've met the world over aren’t much different from each other when it comes to resisting change. The older I got, the more … Continue reading A Good Time to Teach Old Dogs New Tricks
As I started to think about this post, I developed “Writer’s block”. In the hopes of clearing myself of this condition, I decided to start with a better understanding of what the term means. Here’s what I found: "The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing” … Continue reading How I Cleared My Writer’s Block