When You Surprise Yourself as A Writer

In the back of my mind, I had been thinking all day what I was going to write next. Sometimes when I am reading on a train, sometimes listening to a podcast, occasionally bopping my head to music thumping through my headphones, sometimes when I am walking along minding my own business thinking about my […]

To Anthony Bourdain, From A Lifelong Fan

I never ever expected to read you passed away from suicide. “If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for […]

Writing is a Challenge Where You can Easily Succeed

It’s a challenge to write. Every morning waking up with the determination to write. Or getting home after work to devote time to writing. Or to crawling into bed so you can write for a short moment before going to sleep. No matter when you do writing it’s always a challenge. A challenge to be […]

How to Find Inspiration When You Least Expect It

Burning the midnight oil often is the romanticized image of writing. Writing sometimes is not as beautiful as we might dream. However, the harder a writer works the more material they produce. With more material brings with it accomplishment and a larger portfolio. Time and time again I doubt my ability. All creative people do […]

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken

Life is as meaningless as existing. So say the nihilists. Though true these thoughts may be they should not be reasons for depression or melancholy. Instead the focus should be, as Albert Camus suggested, to find a meaning out of the nothing. “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness […]

History is the Fiction We Invent to tell Ourselves Life has Order

When I studied history in college I was taught to view history as a series of ongoing arguments and not a list of things which truly happen or a list of key dates to memorize so I could win in the next Trivial Pursuit. This is more true, I think, than we give it credit. […]