Life Lesson From My Neighbour’s Dog

I’m so jealous of one of my neighbours. Not because they had the money to buy and I have to rent, not because they have a garden and I have a balcony, or because they have a bigger apartment than me. No. Because they have a dog. The most adorable black Labrador who was eight… Read More

When Life Gets in the Way of Your Writing

This morning I learned a very important lesson. Or perhaps two. When you’re working towards a deadline, get it done well in advance Spontaneous visits from best friends are one of life’s great joys I am on a deadline to finalise and submit my short story for @A Writer’s Path contest. I had planned to… Read More

Walking in the Late Afternoon

There’s a special glow to the late afternoon light, when the day begins to fade away. It’s as though, after all those hours, the day needs to sit down with a cup of tea and put its feet up. You can almost feel it relaxing as it winds down towards night. It will soon be… Read More

February New Year

January is an appendix. A little hanger-on from the year that has gone by, a time to wrap up lose ends. New beginnings come in February. In February, the light changes. There’s a special something in the air, a certain quality to the light. It only comes on a clear February day, when the dazzling… Read More

An Apple, a Shiba and the Art of Compromise

I just had a re-run of the same conversation I’ve been having for twenty years. Mum: What do you eat for breakfast. Me: Usually a piece of fruit at the office and then an early lunch. Mum: So you don’t eat breakfast. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism. Me: Scientists are debating that. Mum: You need to eat… Read More