We stare up at the stars, bask in the light of the sun, tell ghost stories by flashlight, and light candles in the dark.
We light candles in joy and in sorrow, in hope for the future, and in honour of the past.
Across all cultures and throughout history, humans have embraced the fragile beauty of the flickering candle. Beaten back the darkness with these delicate dewdrops of flame.
Woven into this human struggle is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. A celebration of peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. A holiday marked with flowers, food, family—and candles.
In Nepal, where Diwali is called Tihar, the celebration extends to dogs. As a thank you for the service they provide, dogs are given special treats and decorated with vermillion powder and marigold petals.
If the dogs prefer the food to the flowers, they haven’t said.
In her post on Toxic Productivity over at Mental Health @ Home, Ashley calls bullshit on the idea that being productive is a more worthy goal than just kicking back and living your life. That if you aren’t emerging from Covid with a new skill or accomplishment under your belt, you’re a complete waste of space.
Which got me thinking…
Have I been hibernating through Covid, letting the days and months flow into time I’ll never get back? Have I learned anything since that first lockdown in March of 2020?
I’ve learned that…
I don’t like Zoom.
Hanging out in your robe makes your clothes shrink.
Adding white chocolate and butterscotch chips to anything makes it better.
Running errands is an outing, not a chore.
Covid does not make Pringles any less fattening.
Masks are cheaper than facelifts.
You can’t have too many streaming services.
Being banned from planes, restaurants, and movie theatres isn’t the end of the world. It just feels like it.
Covid has been an excellent excuse, but I’ve just been postponing the inevitable. Waiting for…what? A sign from on high?
If so, I found it. Courtesy of Gian-Paolo Mendoza and CBC News.
Ruzzelle Gasmen, a speech pathologist in British Columbia, just might be the incentive I need. Ruzzelle, who deals with a hearing loss herself, has done the impossible. She’s turned hearing aids into a fashion statement.
Drawing from the culture and style of her Filipino heritage, Ruzzelle makes hearing aid accessories.
Jewelry for hearing aids?
The above design, Ruzzelle’s first, is based on the ear cuff worn by Catriona Gray, the Filipino Miss Universe pageant winner in 2018.
Ruzzelle makes each piece by hand and is planning on donating a portion of all proceeds to a Wavefront Centre program that provides refurbished hearing aids to people in need.
Why hide that little piece of plastic when you can FLAUNT IT?