Personal Development

The Potent Combination of Resignation and Empowerment

Trying to understand what resignation means is still very new to me, so please bear with me as I attempt, somewhat clumsily, to put into words some thoughts on it for the first time ever on this blog. Being resigned is seen by some as an act of weakness, something someone who has given up… Read More The Potent Combination of Resignation and Empowerment

Community, Community Building, Community Development

The Limitations of Shocking People Out of Apathy In The Hopes Of Building A Better World

One of the greatest obstacles to building a vibrant, healthy global community–i.e. a better world–is the apathy of so many of its members, a large proportion of which go about life within a limited bubble: they go to work, go home, do their shopping, go on vacation, and ignore the negative things happening in the… Read More The Limitations of Shocking People Out of Apathy In The Hopes Of Building A Better World

Family, Parenting

Worrying About Your Little One: Part of the Job or Societal Imposition?

I’ve been hearing more and more about this age being “the age of anxiety” where worrying is at an all-time high, especially amongst millennials.  Apparently, a large part of it has to do with choice.  We have so many choices before us that we end up being a big, anxious mess out of pure decision-fatigue… Read More Worrying About Your Little One: Part of the Job or Societal Imposition?

Personal Development

The Delicate Dance of Virtues

I remember being a kid and learning about virtues.  One week, we would learn about courage.  The other, love; then another, about courage.  On and on it went—with one major question, brought up again and again by my friends and I, remaining largely unanswered: what about the relationship between these virtues? I can’t blame my… Read More The Delicate Dance of Virtues

Family, Parenting

To All Thoughtful Parents: Respect Your Parenting Decisions Even If No One Else Does

When my baby was about five weeks old, I visited a friend.  From the moment we stepped into her place, I could tell that my baby was uncomfortable about something; I’m not sure about what.  But I knew for a certainty that she didn’t want to go into anyone’s arms; she wanted to stay with… Read More To All Thoughtful Parents: Respect Your Parenting Decisions Even If No One Else Does

Media

So About That Echo Chamber We’re Stuck In…

There has been a lot in the news about fake news, which could get one caught in a vicious cycle about wondering if the news about fake news is fake which I guess would prove the whole point of the concern in the first place. Well this blog post is off to quite a start…… Read More So About That Echo Chamber We’re Stuck In…

Education

The Power of an Internal Incentive to Behave

There are a lot of ways to make people behave the way you want them to—and, by extension, to make your children behave the way you want them to.  In a post uploaded in August 2008, I looked into a programme that encouraged good behaviour in students by giving them points they could exchange for… Read More The Power of an Internal Incentive to Behave

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Personal Development

Fulfilling Our Individual Responsibility Towards Global Economic Life

There is an exciting discourse gaining increasing momentum online: how to use what the world has to give us—food, clothes, stuff—to live a better life, rather than living life to collect increasing amounts of food, clothes, and stuff.  There is the minimalist movement, the sharing economy, the buy local movement, and, of course, efforts to… Read More Fulfilling Our Individual Responsibility Towards Global Economic Life

Family, Parenting

A True Measure of Good Parenting

I am extremely lucky to have four friends going through pregnancies around the same time as I did.  The five of us have a group chat in which we exchange everything from news to tips, from joy to tears.  I love this group of mine; while tips from parents with little to loads of experience… Read More A True Measure of Good Parenting

Arts

From Rihanna to Mandy Moore: Slowing and Stripping Down to get to the Truth

Communication is something that, as a writer, I am constantly thinking about.  Misunderstandings abound even when the various skills that make quality communication possible are present—and it seems like, unfortunately, these skills are not as honed anymore as they used to be. On top of that, it seems all the more difficult to convey a… Read More From Rihanna to Mandy Moore: Slowing and Stripping Down to get to the Truth