Category Archives: Life

Ubud

Ubud overwhelms me.  It feels crowded.  There are too many people swarming the tiny sidewalks, there are too many colors, there are too many smells and there are way too many people invading my space; “You want a taxi?” “You … Continue reading

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Bali

Travelling alone is a mixture of unease and thrill.  For the super introverted person like me, it’s the supreme isolation within humanity.  I am unseen and unheard unless I make the first contact and even then, the easy flow of … Continue reading

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Fired

While nobody likes to get fired, because it can feel like a personal failure – sometimes it holds definite advantages. When I was younger, it was simply a matter of economics. If you were fired, you could apply for and … Continue reading

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Mandatory

I have always hated the word mandatory. When someone declares an action mandatory, they are essentially declaring that they don’t trust the people around them to be willingly to participate. “Mandatory” is a negative word. “Mandatory” is disrespectful to the … Continue reading

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Emily

Emily was a West Highland terrier.   Unlike my previous dog (a Lhasa Apso named Arthur) who loved to snuggle on my lap while I knitted, Emily was standoffish.  She didn’t like being held, she didn’t like walking next to … Continue reading

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