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

  • So many things change over a decade Jan 21
    This morning, I woke up and realized that ten years ago, exactly to this day, I moved to Washington DC.
  • Government in a Digital Era: Course Overview Jan 21
    From January to April 2019, I'm teaching the "Government in a Digital Era" course as part of the Masters of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo.
  • Everything is too loud Jan 18
    Everything is too loud. Because of this, I have lost the ability to really listen: to listen to what is good, to listen to what is right, to listen to what is necessary, and to listen to myself.
  • Becoming Jan 07
    More than just a reminder of the goodness we miss, _Becoming_ is a story of adaptation, learning, change, and growth. It is, as Mrs. Obama mentions often, a book about "swerve."
  • Choosing the right word Jan 04
    I have spent the past four days heavily contemplating what my guiding word for the year ahead would be, and still have not settled on a single one.
  • A year of kindness Dec 31
    Looking back at the year gone by, I realized I had made an effort, a concerted and conscious effort, to be kind every single day; more importantly, I was also grateful for the kindness that others had shown me.
  • Sounds of the season Dec 21
    Early in the mornings, a few hours before sunrise when everything is completely dark and the mountains are invisible in the windows, I listen to the world around me and feel at peace.
  • A year in popular culture Dec 17
    Movies, music, television, and podcasts all bring me immense joy and fill my idle moments with entertainment.
  • Joy is not made to be a crumb Dec 14
    There's a solace in reminding ourselves that no matter how many times we slip up, everyone else around struggles with wisdom and kindness, as well.
  • A year in reading: letting the pile grow Dec 11
    My year in reading has been marked by reflection on who I am and who I aspire to be, but mostly, it has been marked by a realization that I am okay, that even though I can be better, it's also okay to be who I am.
  • Surprising our future selves Dec 07
    What are you doing to surprise yourself, minutes, hours, or days from now?
  • I’m pickin’ up good vibrations Dec 05
    My submission for The Mixtape Concern this month is mainly made up of falsetto performances that inspire and excite me, and that make me long for the days when I used to sing too.
  • My publishing workflow Dec 04
    Last week, a micro.blog community member asked a question about using Shortcuts and Drafts to publish blog posts and I was encouraged to share my workflow.
  • Predisposed towards kindness Nov 29
    I believe that we all are predisposed towards kindness; some days we just need a little nudge to find our heart and humanity that can be easy to forget.
  • Some poetry to share Nov 29
    One of my goals for 2019 is to read a lot more poetry. I’ve read some good pieces recently that I’d love to share here.
  • Clothing optional Nov 16
    When it comes to exposing our vulnerabilities—both in the clothing sense, or in any other analogous way—we are left to decide from among an array of options as to what level of comfort we have to be who we truly are in front of others.
  • In sickness and in health Nov 10
    As we grow in our relationship, we also grow older, together: our bodies change, our circumstances evolve, we age and we adapt to the consequences of that aging.

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