Hi. I’m Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world. I'm an over-user of the discretionary comma.
I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot.
If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter.
- Finding the things that you love Feb 14
It's hard for me, sometimes, to say that I love this city, but I do, and events like last week's supper club remind me that I need to voice that love, express that gratitude, more often.
- My daily journaling practice Feb 11
One of the things I've found most helpful as I've been navigating my mental illness—and especially the relapse I had a year ago—has been the practice of journaling.
- How to Be an Antiracist Feb 06
There is no neutrality in racism. We are either racist or antiracist; "not racist" is a statelessness that does not actually exist.
- That’s okay Jan 31
Some days, you have so much on your mind and can't figure out how to get it all out in a way that makes sense. And that's okay.
- A few things I learned this month Jan 30
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in January, 2020.
- An orchestra outside Jan 17
I'm not sure when I became someone who wears headphones over his ears every time he ventures out of the house.
- Three films in the new year Jan 12
We've watched three movies over the past two week and each one has been incredible and memorable and almost-perfect in very, very different ways.
- She Said Jan 12
She Said—simple, direct, detailed, and weighty—can be hard to read because the subject matter is so horrific. It is, however, important to read because of the truth it unveils.
- Ferry breakfast Jan 03
Today, on the third day of the new year, I woke up thinking of ferry breakfast.
- A year in reading, 2019 Dec 30
I've always prided myself in being mindful in most things I do; mindful reading is something that I have to work on.
- A few things I learned this month Dec 27
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in December, 2019.
- Slowing down at the end of the year Dec 13
I'm going into the next few weeks feeling a little more settled, a little less scrambled. I'm hoping to enter 2020 not wheezing, but breathing deeply.
- A few hastily-scribbled thoughts on making less money as the years go on Dec 09
The common narrative is that you make more money as your career progresses. It’s not a narrative that applies to everyone.
- A few things I learned this month Nov 30
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in November, 2019.
- Falling in love with London, Ontario: a list of things to do Nov 25
In an effort to get to know and love my town a bit more, a few weeks ago, I asked people on Twitter what I should do in London, Ontario over the next year to really fall in love with the city.
- A haircut, and a chance Nov 22
We all need someone to take a chance on us in order for us to grow and learn and become who we want to be.
- The physical design of our neighbourhood acts against the creation of community Nov 08
We didn't have any trick-or-treaters come to our door last week for Halloween, so I've taken on the formidable task of eating all these chocolate bars myself.
- Four years, together Nov 08
Today, I celebrate four years of being married to the best woman I know, and look forward to a whole life ahead of togetherness, and all the adventure that togetherness brings.
- A few things I learned this month Oct 30
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in October, 2019.
- Soundless dance Oct 28
It sat there, surroundedby other rocks just like it, not quite different, not quite the same.
- An abundance of apples Oct 25
Every year, by mid-October, our home is filled with an abundance of apples.
- A few passing thoughts from our recent trip to Portugal Oct 20
Originally shared on Twitter, a few passing thoughts and some photos from our trip to Portugal.
- We didn’t have a TV set, but I still had Sesame Street Oct 11
We didn't have a TV set when I was really young, but I still got to watch some television. More accurately: I watched Sesame Street.
- The sounds of the summer go silent Oct 01
Today, on a day where the feels-like temperature surpassed 100°, the pool company came by to close our backyard swimming pool.
- A few things I learned this month Sep 30
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in September, 2019.
- Conversations, thoughts, and hope Sep 27
A few disparate, unrelated, unedited and unrevised reflections from the past two weeks, and a whole lot of links.
- Expectations met, and surpassed Sep 15
Ivanopoblano is located in a trailer in the parking lot of 1016 Oxford St E, in London, Ontario. (It will be moving in October 2019.) The menu features the best chilaquiles you've ever had.
- On being okay with fading slowly into the blur of the background Sep 14
A few disparate, loosely-connected, unedited and unrevised thoughts on being okay with fading slowly into the blur of the background.
- First responder Sep 06
Cleo, our cat, has become my first responder when I am feeling the onset of a panic attack.
- We must love one another or die Sep 01
I haven't read this poem in years, but I found it as I was digging through some folders this morning, and thought the timing—and the content—was apt for me to share it here, exactly eighty years since the titular date.
- A few things I learned this month Aug 30
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in August, 2019.
- A mile in someone else’s shoes Aug 30
That the world looks and feels different when you walk in someone else's shoes—metaphorically or literally—is a reminder I give to myself often these days.
- Suspended at the top of the world Aug 16
At the top of Scex Rouge, as part of the Glacier 3000 experience, there's a suspension bridge between two peaks that sits 9,800 feet above sea level.
- You—each and every one of you—have my endless gratitude Aug 02
Thank you all for the immensity and enormity of your love, kindness, care, and compassion. It means so much to me.
- A few things I learned this month Jul 31
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in July, 2019.
- Reminding myself that I’m not alone Jul 30
If there's one thing I've been lucky to learn over the past fifteen years of living with my bipolar diagnosis and my anxiety disorder, it's that I'm able to see, a few days in advance, when a relapse is coming.
- Severed cable Jul 19
Our internet connection at home went out earlier this week, a byproduct of the work being done on our driveway and some severed cable lines that really weren't supposed to be cut.
- Train tracks across the city Jul 12
Several rail tracks run across our city, running through the core of town and even crossing main thoroughfares and arteries at ground level.
- On the sun deck Jul 05
Upon leaving the ferry terminal, the motion of the boat is barely perceptible when you are on the vessel, and the expanse of sea in front of you feels endless.
- A few things I learned this month Jun 30
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in June, 2019.
- Slowing to a crawl Jun 28
Here's something I had forgotten since the last time I had a major relapse of my depression and my anxiety at the same time: my cognitive function suffers, and continues to suffer months after I've re-set my medication and have started to feel better.
- A promise kept Jun 14
The Raptors title win wasn't just a celebration of a sporting achievement, but a celebration of a community that found their identity in a team that really saw them.
- Measuring music by time Jun 08
With the discontinuation of iTunes this past week, I’m reminded of the time when, years ago, we measured music collections in units of time.
- Autonomy in a world of restriction May 31
Earlier this week, I had my final appointment with my psychiatrist before he moved to a new city.
- A few things I learned this month May 31
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in May, 2019.
- The hopefulness of the bloom May 24
The magnolia tree in our front yard burst into gorgeous flowers about two weeks ago.
- Prompted, noticing, grateful May 10
Some days, even when I feel like writing, I am at a loss for things to say. It's on those days I turn to writing prompts, finding little questions that help me find my voice.
- Getting loud to help those in silence May 06
Our identities are multi-faceted and intersectional; it’s at those intersections that our perspectives and interactions with the world are shaped.
- A few things I learned this month Apr 30
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in April, 2019.
- To lie on the table is to be vulnerable Apr 26
To allow someone to have access to your body is to be vulnerable, whether that access comes from someone giving you a massage, someone pushing your body to go further as you lift that barbell, or any other circumstance.
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