Happiness and the Art of Embracing Sadness

September 11, 2014
Daily painting mediation

I’ve had an epiphany. I’m not certain if I read this somewhere or if I conjured it up in my head with the confluence of many books about the subject. I’ve scoured my reading lists and bookmarks and can’t find the article it originated from. Wisdom, in whatever form, comes to us in whispers and […]

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The Winged Victory of Samothrace

March 15, 2013

If you’re 35, uninspired and wasting your days sitting in a desk somewhere, please, go travel. If you’re 62, accomplished, going on walks every day with your seven year old german shepherd and are wondering what more is left, please, go travel

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Spring: new beginnings

March 14, 2013

It’s cherry blossom season and I can’t believe these ones are blooming just outside our doorstep. Sometimes the smallest things can make me feel so rich. Thankful for Spring, a season of new beginnings.

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London Life: A Walk in the Park

July 13, 2011

Septembers were my favourite. The walk home from work took an hour and required a diagonal cut through Hyde Park. Belgravia to Notting Hill. Autumn had never felt more grande than during that evening as I looked down the long lane of tall maples that hugged Park Lane. The crispy crunch of red orange leaves […]

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Reflections on this Fourth of July

July 4, 2011

On the last eve of this 4th of July weekend, there sits a lump in my throat as the pop of fireworks reverberate around our neighbourhood. God Bless America is blasting on TV, the screen splattered in sprinkles of red and blue as Washington DC and NYC ring in this Independence Day. I am overcome […]

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A new favourite word: Cafuné

June 17, 2011

Cafuné is Brazilian Portuguese for “the act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair”. I love this word. I love the accent on the E. I love the way it sounds when I say it out loud, nice and slow and round in my mouth. I love that there’s even a word for this […]

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Moving for love and language

April 13, 2011

A year ago today, I was living in Buenos Aires learning Castellano (Argentine Spanish). It was Fall in South America. The nights were breezy and warm, perfect for (very) late dinners out. It’s nice to remember that life. Time slowed in Argentina. Days were long and languid. Meals stretched for hours. Time with friends and […]

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The bigness of small companies

January 24, 2011

I am Neytiri for SmugMug. We are all SmugMug Heroes. I started a new job at the end of September last year.  This announcement is 5 months late.  Back then, I was too busy mourning the end of my sabbatical to notice  the amazing blessing of a job that  I’d found at SmugMug.  (Clearly, my […]

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