I wasn't good at being affable. You get beyond that and realise the attraction in any human being has more to do with what they give to someone rather than just being face candy.


13:55, Wednesday, 31 December, 2014 • Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought (Reflections)

  The answer I found is you stay away from the people who make fun of you, and you join these ad hoc groups who understand your craziness.  — Ray Bradbury If you’ve been on this earth as long as I have, you find that sometimes, these ad hoc groups come out and look for… Read More ›

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Good Food »

Of Cool Nights and Pineapple Tarts

(2) Rainy_Window_65a

The lunar new year, which the Chinese celebrate all over the world, is a good thing. January 1st came too early, it wasn’t a cause for celebration. I think it took the whole of January just to get used to the idea of 2013, and for everyone’s schedules to settle and take root. Today is… Read More ›

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Life Online »

Word of the Day: Shadow Friend

(8) Cat In The Shadows

At the very least, a friend is someone you know. In the world of social media, it’s someone whose face you recognize and can name. You might have 568 friends on Facebook, but you aren’t actually real friends with all of them, are you? The thing about social media is that if you spend any… Read More ›

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Music & Parties »

While My Fingers Gently Weep

(2) Port Fairy, The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

After two years of neglect, my guitar has found a friend in me again. I’m a bad friend then, because I only pick up the guitar when the need arises; the keyboard is just more gratifying for me to play. But I am heading to a place in a few months—a place where a keyboard… Read More ›

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Poetry & Songs »

These Golden Hours (Part II)

(3) By the River

Here is my song for the asking Ask me and I will play So sweetly, I’ll make you smile This is my tune for the taking Take it, don’t turn away I’ve been waiting all my life . . .                              … Read More ›

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Reading & Writing »


(0) I do not want your admiration now, because I do not want your insults in the future. -  Sōseki Natsume

We all have books scattered about the house, silos of board and printed paper on side tables and stools, unread, but bought with intentions of being absorbed cover to cover. The process starts in the bookstore, usually with no intention to purchase. I’ve often walked into the Japanese bookstore in my favourite downtown mall, also managed by a Japanese company,… Read More ›

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Style & Beauty »

If the Shoe Fits, Wear it, Baby

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There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes. Christian Louboutin, French footwear designer I call these my high-heel runners. I love the idea that this electric-blue shoe with the fluorescent heel is such a beautiful oxymoron. I think… Read More ›

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The Spiritual Life »

Under the Shadow of Your Wings

(0) "In life there are only the pursued and the pursuing, the busy and the tired." F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925).

Let me just say this so I can get it out of my system: Apart from clothes, shoes, and accessories, I dislike coordinating. There’s nothing intriguing about it, nothing remotely tantalizing about putting people and dates and times together, and while I do it as ably as the next person, I would rather be doing… Read More ›

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