Garden Buddha ATB
essay

Giving Up vs. Letting Go

Hello, dear readers. I've got some more food for thought for you. This time, I'd like to explore giving up versus letting go. During a recent conversation, I said aloud that I had "given up" on something (I won't trouble you with the details). After the words came out of my mouth, I realized that… Continue reading Giving Up vs. Letting Go

Smiling Puppy ATB
Art, essay

Make Art. Make Money. Stay Joyful.

I hit a low point recently. It was unexpected, and the emotion has made me stop and think about my current values. When I made a decision to take my artistic talents seriously by setting up online stores to sell my artwork on various products, I thought I was doing a good thing for myself.… Continue reading Make Art. Make Money. Stay Joyful.

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