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.
- It was everything that was needed, when everything was needed. Feb 17
I am reading poetry, now, after many years away. I am not writing it just yet, but I am told by friends that it is inevitable that the more I read, the more I will be besieged by the desire to write.
- A list of small solace Feb 15
As a small coping mechanism, my doctor has suggested that I make a list of the things I have done in the past month that have brought me some solace when I was feeling at my worst.
- I have been holding my breath for too long Feb 11
After twenty years of always having something to say, I have recently forgotten the concept of blogging as exhale, the notion of using this space as a place to breathe ideas and thoughts into existence.
- On being bursty Feb 08
I spend all my time sitting at the starting line of the race, and only leave the blocks once I'm ready to sprint—when most people are already halfway down the track.
- We are all made up of many Feb 02
What does it mean to be made up of many? How do we reconcile the multitudes that live within us, that many selves that make up our self?
- A distortion of reality Feb 01
How do we reconcile the fact that my reality may not match yours? What does it mean when the reality I've constructed ends up harming you?
- A few things I learned this month Jan 31
A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in January, 2019.
- Listening to the voices we need to hear Jan 30
Whose voices are included when decisions are made? Whose voices are listened to when we think about how to serve the people around us, the world around us?
- Government in a Digital Era: Module 1 Jan 29
From January to April 2019, I'm teaching the "Government in a Digital Era" course at the University of Waterloo. In Module 1, we introduce the idea of digital government.
- A reminder of last year’s resolutions Jan 27
The days are slipping through my fingers, and I need a reminder to relish in the delights of life.
- The paralysis of being overwhelmed Jan 25
There is a feeling that often overcomes me, a feeling of having so much to say but being completely unable to say anything.
- 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.
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