Art, essay

Freedom vs. Independence

When I was deciding on the title for my post "Ramen: A Story of Independence," I was debating whether to use the word "freedom" or the word "independence." Ultimately, I chose "independence" because it has deeper connotations than "freedom." We all want to be free. But freedom is amorphous. Some of us aren't ready for… Continue reading Freedom vs. Independence

Greenlights and I Claudius
Books

Books: ‘Greenlights’ and ‘I, Claudius’

"Greenlights" by Matthew McConaugheyIf you told me five years ago that I'd be reading a book written by Matthew McConaughey, I would've been hard-pressed to believe you. But read his book I have. The prose is so pleasurable that I read it in just a few sittings. The writing flows smoothly, and the stories are… Continue reading Books: ‘Greenlights’ and ‘I, Claudius’

Adventure

The Grouse Grind

The zen of effort. That's the zone I was in as I hiked up the Grouse Grind, a challenging 2.9-km (1.8-mi.) hike straight up Grouse Mountain with an elevation gain of  853 m (2,800 ft.). From the start, this trail, a very short drive from downtown Vancouver, is an unrelenting stairmaster, and that's what makes… Continue reading The Grouse Grind