A Plummy Spring

Sometimes at the end of my tutoring sessions, I will work with my students to write a poem about a random topic, or any topic that interests them, or about the current season or holiday. The other day, Miraya and I came up with the following poem about spring. She was delighted today when I [...]

Nature by Numbers

Can you see fractals in the treetops? A pattern that knows itself, like the laughing Buddha Meditating under the Bodhi tree. Branch by twig, and twig by branch, Spinning, whirling, multiplying – Writing into the sky. Count the spirals on a pinecone: Eight, thirteen, or twenty-one; Knowingly, they turn to the centre, while Fibonacci’s rabbits [...]

Crazy Yet Blissful

Week 33! Only 19 more to go. It was a very rainy day on Monday. I started out in the morning tutoring a teenage girl who is a refugee from Syria. Since I've been here, I've had some time to help her out with preparing for grade 9. She wants to attend a local high school [...]

The World Became A Slab Of Lead Sitting On My Chest

Week who-knows-what. All I know is that I'm not stopping. If I can do this walk in this state of utter devastation, that means I'll do it forever. And it's amazing how it still always delivers - there are twists and turns, darkness and loneliness, and magical coincidences and friendly strangers that guide me. There [...]

The Most Powerful Statement In the Universe

I woke up this morning to the most beautiful view. I love living up so high and seeing nothing but water. I felt so grateful to be alive. Then in the afternoon I went to tutor at CCVT. I go there every Tuesday as a volunteer for the homework club. It is a place of [...]