When Yoga Doesn’t Help

Years ago, I received some excellent advice. Like any can-do young person, I’d taken all the odd jobs that came my way. If I saw something at work that needed doing, I’d do it – no complaints. I worked long hours, I held down the fort. I made improvements, I took on extra tasks. I …

Pet Peeve First World Problems

I don’t like when people say “First world problems” dismissively. I get it: sometimes, people complain about ridiculous things, and it’s fun to make fun of them. I do it too. I like to reference the Mugatu Latte scene from the first Zoolander when I do it, but not always. Sometimes something like this will …

There’s This Thing Called Luck, See

While part of me – the rational, logical part of me – wants to dismiss that luck exists at all – another part of me – the empathetic, humble, kind part of me – cannot. Often, I’ll think: “‘Luck’, that’s just something we use to explain what science hasn’t figured out yet”; or “‘Bad luck’? …

Do you have a favourite child?

A piece on the New York Times website gave me pause today, specifically this line: It’s impossible not to have favorites, and we do know that the perception of favoritism is one of the biggest factors in sibling rivalry… Yes – that one sentence is a direct quote from a pediatrician and professor at Johns …

Crystal Clear

I once bought a small hematite rock from a crystal healing stand. I’d gone with a friend to have our palms read, and the reader also sold polished rocks that were said to have powers like “help overcome addiction”. At the time, I was working with children between 7 and 10. When they complained to …