The day the music died (literally)

It was the year 2000 when I was introduced to the wonder that is Vinicio Capossela. A master like few the world has seen.

He is humble, his musicality original, raw, full of fire, his lyrics poems of the highest order. Above all, he reaches out and touches the human condition in a way that speaks volumes to me, walking that fine line between nostalgia and melancholy, verve and rhythm, yearning and desire, passion and soul. As I read somewhere, he is a visionary dreamer. And through him, we too dream. Continue reading

We are human, first and foremost

Today, on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit, I came across yet another terrifying story of loss and despair. It is the story of Mahmoud and Reem, two refugees who fled Syria for Greece with their four children and who lost one of their children, their six-year-old daughter Rand, when she was struck by a train in the dead of night as they were walking along the tracks, a journey that had already lasted two days, without food and water. And yet, in this darkness, a light shone through, bright and clear – Akis and Sia Armpatzianis, two strangers to Mahmoud and Reem, who lived in a village close to the scene of the tragedy, helped them organize and paid for an Islamic burial for Rand, comforting them in their time of great need. Continue reading

She

Josephine

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here, mostly due to my condition which has left me with very little energy and time to do anything much. More on that later.

But today, today I couldn’t let the day pass by without posting this. Today would have been the 75th birthday of a very, very special woman who entered my life rather late (I was 31 when I met her) but who firmly became one of my most ardent supporters, always there, with a quiet presence, but a rock solid one, firm in her convictions, but without judgement, willing to do whatever it took to be the very best person she could be. Continue reading

Because that’s us [me]!

Phenomenal woman – Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. Continue reading

I wish I had met Pink

When we talk of heroes and heroines, of inspiring people, we usually tend to think of those who made the news in a big way, like Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, or Mahatma Ghandi (is that beginning M a coincidence?!)…

I came across this obituary a while back and I saved it. I wish I had met Pink, I hope that I can learn through her obituary and be encouraged to do a fraction of what she accomplished through her life. She is the embodiment of all that is good with humanity. Continue reading

Living with a chronic condition

So a few days have passed and I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about first. I really fought the temptation to do just what I’m about to do, that is write about living with a chronic condition. I prefer to look at life through rose-tinted spectacles, I don’t like dwelling on the negative, I like to push on, push further.

But then two things happened which to me seemed to be too much of a coincidence: Continue reading