The other day, I arrived at the first boss fight in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. For the record, I hate boss fights. I detest them and always have since a first play-through of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords led me to a massive boss fight that culminated in a very short cut-scene of a ship flying off into space, leaving all loose ends just like that: loose. The reason I bring this up is because my husband endlessly encourages me about this Deus Ex debacle. Read More Thoughts on Living With an Optimist
I am part of the demographic that’s threatening to become a lost generation thanks to the economic issues we’re all facing. Optimism about the future is the only thing I know how to do right now. Read More Political Optimism is All I Can Do
Sometimes I like to throw myself little pity parties when things aren’t going my way, forgetting at times the myriad ways I am so damn lucky and letting the nonsense make me blue. Then I think of my sister, the struggles she has endured and triumphed over, and I snap myself out of it even more.
This past week, I had the great fortune to see some truly exceptional young men and women graduate from institutions of learning. I’m not big on ceremonies, but there’s just something so moving, such a sense of closure and optimism, that comes with graduations. Oddly enough, the events seemed tempered by some strange graduation speeches. Read More Graduation – it’s that time of year again
I was raised by a gardening expert. I grew up eating fresh basil, tomatoes, corn, and herbs. I learned at a young age that worms were weird looking, but they were harmless to people and in fact very helpful to a garden. Read More In Which I Take Up Gardening
Bring up Nigeria in polite, educated company and you’re almost guaranteed the same reaction: a bemused smile, a derisory reference towards email scams, and a quick change of subject. Almost nobody will bring up the vast natural resource, recent strides in domestic developments, or thriving art scene that makes up this industrious nation. However, with elections on the horizon and Nigeria poised to become a front runner in not just African leadership, but global production, it’s about time the world started paying attention. Read More What You Oughta Know About Nigeria
Since I’ve been getting the sense around these parts that it’s been kind of a bad week for a lot of people, I thought I’d be an annoying chirpy optimist and share some of the little things in life that make me happy. Join me, won’t you? Read More Simple Pleasures