Letting go

I am a hoarder – gathering memories, books, ideas, music, friends, relationships – in fact just about anything that I can collect and put “my” ownership stamp on. My books. My music. My work. Ad infinitum…. One man’s treasures are another person’s garbage. Nostalgia and emotional attachment might cause possessions to be retained for some …

Canadiana

Commencing my career with Standard Chartered Bank in 1976, one of my first roles was managing relationships with embassies and their diplomats; these included the Australian, British, Canadian, Nigerian High Commissions and the Chinese Embassy etc. Over a period of time strong personal bonds developed with a large number of diplomats from several countries. There …

Child's play

Our family recently holidayed at Blue Mountain. It was a great trip and the best part was spending quality time bonding with our granddaughters. I got to learn (and promptly forgot) the names of the entire My Little Pony repertoire (Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity etc.), Star Wars heroes and villains, the principal characters from the …

Summertime

Living in Canada, we are fortunate to enjoy our four distinct seasons.  But irrespective of personal preferences most people exclaim, “Oh, I love the Fall/Spring/Winter but can’t wait for summer, the hotter the better!” Indian summers are different.  As children, we were prohibited from playing outdoors until the sun went down and the “loo” (hot …