Musings: Flea Market Fraternity


“Watch out for him. He just got discharged from the mental hospital,” said a white-haired, wrinkled man in a black polo shirt, as he dragged his wares around in a rusty shopping cart. Plastic toys, old VCDs and antique rings — a pile of carefully-foraged treasure. He was referring to the younger vendor grinning widely at me in earnest. Aside […]

Musings: The Art of Free Falling


“Life is not a substance, like water or a rock; it’s a process like fire or a wave crashing on the shore.. Our moments are brief against the expanse of eternity.” — Sean Carroll, The Big Picture You are the master of your destiny. The slick war cry of the larger-than-life motivational speakers peddling self-empowerment to the lost. But even […]

Musings: What Makes a Good Writer?


I believe when it comes to good writing, there is little more important than clarity. It’s still a learning process for me everyday. But working in a newsroom with some of the most experienced, sharp minds in journalism has taught me some very valuable lessons. Most of which can be distilled into one simple idea. Clear writing reveals clarity […]

Musings: Snowflake Theory and Competition


“You are not a simple, unique snowflake. This is your life, and its ending one minute at a time.”  – Chuck Palahniuk When I was younger, I used to scoff when people told each other they were special and unique. Like a snowflake, they said. I found it patronising and egotistical. I thought feeling special puts […]