how to make a bonfire out of candles

I woke up on Saturday morning to find Paris in pieces. For a couple of hours after the Guardian app pushed an alert to my phone, I kept crying as waves of grief tore through me. I was fascinated to observe my own reaction. The news hit me harder than some other events...

scared to tell the truth

I’d been working for the multinational software company for about six months when the senior manager explained to me – with a hefty dash of pride – the specifics of the clever international corporate structure designed to minimise the company’s global tax...

scared to admit I didn’t want it

I am beyond grateful for the first part of my professional career. I learned so much from working in big organisations with smart, driven people. I travelled and lived across four continents. I saved a bunch of money. For a while, I had it all. And then I had to own...

scared to belong

Bad things happen, for no good reason. People are regularly cruel and brutal to each other. Shocking, horrifyingly sad events take place and no good comes of them. I’ve had a hard time finding my place in this world. I didn’t want to belong inside this reality. If...