Love Thy Neighbour

I am not a very good neighbour. We’ve lived in this rented house for nearly 18 months, and I know the names of just two of our neighbours. I know the old man who lives next door, who mumbles so badly I understand only about 20% of what he says. Most of our relationship is him […]

May the Road Rise

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 Sometime in the middle of last year I got sick. It was nothing very serious—an infection which then led to a prolonged period of exhaustion. But it was the kind of deep-in-your-bones exhaustion which means extended time off work and whittling down entries in the beloved Moleskine schedule to … […]

10,000 Hours

Years ago I heard an interview with actor Will Smith, who shared about honing his craft as an actor. He quoted Malcolm Gladwell’s work that it takes 10,000 hours to finally begin to become comfortable with something new. 10,000 hours. That’s 40 hours a week for five straight years. When I read it, I was […]

The Space of a Breath

“Always, we begin again.” I imagine St. Benedict pausing as he writes down these words in his Rule of Life, and looking up at me, gazing intensely at me to see if I am hearing him, if I am understanding this most important of lines. He knows, I think. What it’s like to be a […]

Note To Self: Always Flirt With Chinese Grandma At Bus Stop

There’s a small chip on my front tooth. I’ve had it fixed, but it’s so tiny, the repair doesn’t last. So, I smile with my chipped tooth and my eyes scrunched up and I see laugh lines with this haircut that showcases my whole wrinkly forehead. And I don’t care. I like that my face […]