Steering a parked car

No, you cannot steer a parked car. Nobody can, not even the Almighty. Yet, we sometimes try it in real-life situations. We park our life, waiting for a spark, a eureka moment that never seems to come. When we were younger, we might not know what we wanted to do with our lives. There were …

Connecting with people

My college buddy, Edward, lives in Tennessee, USA, 4,000 kilometres (or 2,500 miles) away from I live in British Columbia, Canada. He sends an annual Christmas newsletter to stay in touch. Chris Crowley, in his New York Times bestseller Younger Next Year, devotes an entire chapter on connecting and committing. Exercise may give you longevity …

Anger

I’ve always thought that only celebrities have anger management issues, especially when they are being hounded by paparazzi. For me, I’ve been taught that anger is negative, wrong, and to be avoided at all cost. I tend to deny, rationalize, and internalize anger. My view of anger took a sharp turn after reading The Artist’s …

Being Mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End is a book I wish I had 5 years ago. My mother died of pneumonia in 2012 after a long and debilitating bout with dementia and dependent living in a care home. Ann, a friend of mine in her eighties, introduced me to the Being Mortal …