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I am thankful I have it easy

Yes, sometimes I feel overwhelmed. How could I not when I have to juggle kids while going 110% at work thanks to Covid-19? Who’d think a pandemic could complicate our lives this badly? It doesn’t make it any easier that I also feel this invisible weight of fear for my […]

Plastic Wrappers on Fruit

Reading When to Rob a Bank (by the authors of Freakonomics) and there was this little passage on plastic wrappers on fruit and food in general. In my mind, there was no doubt that that was a symptom of excess, and that it was undoubtedly a bad thing. But Levitt […]

Health and wealth

This past week has been difficult. I caught a stomach bug. It was awful. I thought I was strong. I was wrong. Throughout the week, I kept thinking: I would pay quite exorbitant amounts of money just to feel healthy again. But alas, money don’t make the sick feel any […]

Two stories

Today was an awful day. It started with me waking up a little later than hoped. I’d planned to go in earlier, get a head start on the tons of work I’d left outstanding from the previous day. But by the time I managed to get to the station it […]

Not waving but drowning

“Just smile and wave boys,” he said, as he walked out of the office door. We were going for lunch, and our poor colleague was stuck with the boss. It was a Madagascar reference. A cute, funny scene. But what it reminded me of was a poem by Stevie Smith; […]

Memory

Just the other day I stood waiting to cross the street. As the cars passed in front of me I started thinking about how odd it’d be if one of these cars were to veer a little to the left. Maybe a crying child; maybe a bad day at work; […]

Doing the right thing poorly

I was halfway through reading the book Flying Without a Net by Thomas J. when I came across the following brilliant insight: in order to improve a particular skill, we have to first start by recognising that however we are performing that skill may not be the best way of […]