When Parents Age

  You see them in their fading days and years, in a state of grace that seems impossible to approach. They are frail, yet stronger than ever in spirit. They stumble, yet are resolute; unsure but trusting; in pain but serene; silent, mostly, yet smiling; enduring, patient, resting, sleeping, taking a few steps, a few…

A beautiful Friday morning …

It was a rare convergence : a beautiful morning, clear skies, sunshine chased by a rippling wind into ‘shadow and seek’, the beginning of a weekend and an hour to spare. Carpe diem is my resolution for 2014. And so, when I find myself traveling alongside a lengthy, glinting stretch of silver fringed by green…

Autumn becomes Spring in Singapore

2014 began cool and windy, unseasonal, a nip in the air … fresh mornings, bright sunlit days and the occasional need for a light cover in the evenings. This ? In tropical Singapore ? Yes, in tropical Singapore. And then, without warning, an autumn-like spell descended upon us, a browning of the green, leaves changing…

Fluffy : 2000 – 2013

“Every life should have 9 cats” – Anonymous Our resident diva passed away on the 21st of November, having exhausted eight of her nine lives. (She donated one to our chocolate labrador). She lived a full life in her thirteen and a half years, more human than cat and more dog than cat (when she…

‘A Whole new Mind’

Does current education suffer from the ‘tyranny of common sense’ ? Will the perspectives and templates that defined our generation sufficiently equip our children for their tomorrows ?   Let’s face it, things have changed. We’ve lived the trajectory – agriculture to industry to information – and have entered an age of ideas and abstractions…

IQ & EQ

Education : the facts and the challenges, the new realities, contemporary parenting and non-traditional pedagogies. Singapore’s educational system has generated a lot of press lately, sparked by the Education Minister’s advocacy for a a student-centric, values-driven education. An article in the 26 September 2011 issue of the Straits Times commented that the country’s education system has…

Living Beyond Cancer : Remembering a Friend

Mahesh Mahadevan succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October 2002. Many – especially the many who never knew him – have reason to remember 29 October 2002. In his will, Mahesh expressed a desire that his friends do something in the area of pediatric cancer, specifically for children whose families could not afford the treatment. Cancers…

Exam Fever for Parents

Examinations (fortunately) have become the stuff of memories for adults, remembered and refracted through personality and experience. Our recollections have probably nothing to do with performance or results; it is the exam fever, the lead-up to the event that remains etched forever in the subconscious. Were you one of the fortunate, enviable few who had…

Ponzi for a Purpose

Everybody knows what a Ponzi is – robbing Peter to pay Paul. This pyramid system of fraud, which offers quick and often generous returns to investors using the money of other investors remains recent, both in history and memory, with Bernie Madoff’s US$50 billion Ponzi scheme and the widespread global shocks and aftershocks it generated….

Head, Hands, Heart

Anita Thomas writes about the Waldorf Education, which focuses on developing creative, independent thinkers committed to social change, offering an alternative to current pedagogy. I encountered the term anthroposophy (or ‘wisdom of the human being’) a few weeks ago, when I attended a talk at a local pre-school. In contrast to the current methods of…