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.

 
Recent Posts

  • 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.
  • What should a public servant look like? Apr 18
    Remarks made to DPI-670 class at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in April 2019.
  • Government in a Digital Era: Module 8 Apr 15
    From January to April 2019, I'm teaching the "Government in a Digital Era" course at the University of Waterloo. In Module 8, we talk about public engagement, public consultation, and service delivery.
  • Capturing memories Apr 12
    When I travel anywhere, I'm always torn between the desire to snap photos of everything interesting I see, and to put my camera away and just experience the moment for what it is.
  • More marginalia on more books Apr 09
    I’ve been reading a few books recently, so here are some notes I scribbled in my virtual margins as I read them.
  • Reading, a quarterly update Apr 05
    As part of my commitment to reflection, I’m looking back at some of the books I've read over the past three months.

 
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