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What We Need Most


Imagine being in your 40s and deciding that after years of immense suffering, you have little choice but to get divorced. You come from an orthodox Christian family. You have children who will be devastated. And now you have to break the news to your parents who you know will be wrecked by the news. Read more


The Heart Needs Time To Heal


I'll always remember the story I read long ago about a young man who was chased off a cliff by a hungry tiger. Read more


Broth for Radish Soup


The base to make broth for this weekend’s soup:

4-5 yellow onions, halved
1 bunch of green onions
10 garlic cloves
Knob of ginger about 1 tablespoon
Piece of dashima (Dried seaweed) - about the size of 2 adult hands
Large pot of water Read more


Recent Experience With Impressive Technology

With my parents getting older but still living independently in the Toronto area, I recently gave each of them an AirTag made by Apple.

For those who haven't heard of AirTags, they are light, coin-size devices that, through Apple's global network of iPhone users, allow us to track the location of people and things that are important to us.

Some put AirTags in suitcases while traveling to confirm via their phones in real time that their bags made it onto the same flight, and in instances of lost luggage, to locate their bags anywhere in the world. Read more


One Person At A Time

I've long observed that the people who inspire me the most are those who are driven by a sense of purpose that transcends personal gain. Jesus of Nazareth and Mahatma Gandhi, are two such figures for me.

A third person who I deeply admire is boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, who clearly fought for something beyond himself. To those who knew him, it was exceedingly clear that he was not driven by money, fame, or personal glory. Read more


Which Shoes Are Healthiest?

If you look at the feet of newborn and young children, you'll notice that across all races, feet tend to be wide, almost like bear paws without claws.

The forefoot (toe region) evolved to be wide to allow for optimal gripping action as humans walked across varying terrains. Read more


No Greater Magic

Between my parents' siblings, I have 11 aunts and uncles. Though I have fondness for and good memories of many of them, it's only my aunt on my mom's side who I share a deep bond with. I've come to realize that such bonds are made over decades of putting forth consistent effort to show someone that we truly care about their well-being.

I'm immensely grateful that our boys also have a similar bond with my younger sister, one that has been created by her showing them through her actions over 18 years that she genuinely roots for them to experience all good things in life. Read more


Looking Beyond The Headlines

Late last week, I shared some thoughts via social media on the idea that money doesn't tend to change who we are; rather, money amplifies who we already are.

I've had conversations on this idea with family and close friends over the years and have found dialogue on this topic worthwhile.

I did not expect a number of comments expressing disdain for Jeff Bezos who I mentioned in my post as a well known example of a largely self-made billionaire.

I'm grateful that some understood that my main points were: Read more


The Things We Remember


This is our youngest taking a photo of a group of friends in their 20s - he was so surprised and happy to have friendly strangers ask him to take their photo, as up until this moment of his life, he only saw this happen among grown-ups. Read more


A Nourishing Way To Soothe A Sore Throat