Quiet

I can hear the birds. From my apartment window, surrounded by buildings with sirens and engines and yelling that normally echo up the alleyways, bouncing off of every window and wall, I can hear the birds. They sing, squawk, chatter all day long, calling to each other across the tin roofs, as if overwhelmed with … Continue reading Quiet

On staying sane while social distancing…

https://youtu.be/Oeuy_1M1rzg They call it 'social distancing' and many say it is our best bet for flattening the curve and slowing the rate of infection of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The preventative measures of washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and self-isolating if sick all make perfect sense and are backed by scientific research which … Continue reading On staying sane while social distancing…

On epidemics, education and connection…

When the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus was a global health emergency, a whole manner of elements of daily life got shut down. While the majority of this shut-down and the quarantines are centred on China and the provinces around the epicentre, Wuhan, here in neighbouring Vietnam, we have been feeling the … Continue reading On epidemics, education and connection…

On confusing control with love…

When the rapper T.I. publicly stated this week that he takes his teenage daughter to the gynaecologist to check if her 'hymen is still intact', the world let out a collective "Uh, what???". The backlash was well-deserved as people took to social media to condemn the father's actions. In a series of tweets denouncing T.I.'s … Continue reading On confusing control with love…

On free-fall and new beginnings…

It's been 3 months since I arrived in Vietnam and 4 months since I left my home of four years in Tanzania. Moving and changing locations every few years has been my forever story. Rarely one to stay put for long, I find myself getting the four-year-itch and feeling the urge for new adventures and … Continue reading On free-fall and new beginnings…

On keyboard warriors, virtue signalling and informed perspectives…

“There’s a gap somehow between empathy and activism. " Sue Monk Kidd The internet is a tiring place at times. This amazing global resource for connection is often used as a platform for attack with keyboard warriors poised for the slightest opportunity to launch into their manifesto, however uninformed it may be. https://youtu.be/-S14SjemfAg There is a … Continue reading On keyboard warriors, virtue signalling and informed perspectives…

On endings and beginnings…

"We delight in the beauty of a butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou I'm in transition again. My chapter here in beautiful Tanzania is coming to a close and, as of August this year, I'm starting a new chapter in Hanoi, Vietnam. It feels … Continue reading On endings and beginnings…