On Movies vs Books and Emotionally Rewarding Activities.

Imagine you’re watching a fantastic movie. One of your favorites or one you’ve never seen before; imagine that surge of expectation, the feeling of elation as you wait for something to happen, as you slowly understand the plot the movie has been trying to build, that moment when understanding washes over you and you feel …

On world building, Twenty One Pilot’s Trench, and creativity.

I’ve been listening to this one album for more than a month now. I usually listen to music while coding, and whenever I want to play music I just press play on my Spotify, and since I’ve been listening to the same album for so long, I simply keep listening to it. Right now, for …

My nonna and her stories.

My family, just like any other family out there, has some interesting history and things worth talking about and stories worth telling. I was talking with my spouse the other day about them, and I realized how much I enjoyed telling their stories, in particular, my grandmother’s (nonna hereafter) stories. Like most European grandparents, mine went …

The value of friendship.

As I sit alone my mind starts to think back to my past. Back to people that were once cornerstones of my life. Not just friends that shared their lives with me, but good friends, the best of friends, partners, brothers and sisters with different blood but loved as much as if we were twins. …

On Greatness And The Fear Of Tomorrow.

I believe humans have a tendency to fear the future, to stay away from the thought of what’s to come, the possibilities of it. They’re simply so endless and so impossibly unknowable that it makes our minds feel small, the same way you feel minimized when thinking of the immensity of the universe and how …

Playing with toy scissors

My daughter came to me with plastic toy scissors and started to play with them, as I’m sitting down on the sofa in front of her she takes the two parts of the toy apart by mistake alongside an expression of surprise in seeing the toy breaking apart. I proceed to put it back, she …

A thank you note to the universe.

There are studies, and a hell of a lot of self-help books that make emphasis on how being grateful will improve your happiness, health and well being. Being grateful is said to be one of those “one pill cures all” sort of techniques/behaviours. And it has a truth ring to it, doesn’t it? We all …

On Becoming A Man.

I was watching a movie the other day called “20th Century Women”. In it, a couple of women try to teach a 15 y/o boy how to *become* a man at the request of his mother, since she doesn’t know how to teach him herself. Not just to *be* a man but how to *become* …