Everything I didn’t know and still don’t

Looking back on a year of not-knowing and learning, and looking forward to a year of learning about what else I don’t know I started 2015 thinking I had a fairly good idea of how the year would play out. It turns out, I really didn’t know much. I wasn’t anticipating more brokenness or complexity, or […]

Let us build

"Let us build", blog post by Roshan James

A year of demolition. If I were to put it in a nutshell and tie it with a bow, that’s what I would call 2014. For me, the year before – 2013 – was focused on the pursuit of dreams and the accompanying changes. The vision for 2014 was happiness – specifically “go towards the […]

Sitting beside Lonely

Walking along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

As social and outgoing as I can be, I have often carried with me an acute sense of being alone. Some years it has felt stronger than others, some days it feels stronger than others. Whether in a relationship or not, whether in a large group or spending time with another person. No matter how […]

Here is joy

"Here is joy", poetry by Roshan James

Pure joy Can be simple Like looking down Realizing You have one more Bite Of something delicious It’s also like Looking Into your face Realizing You are still Here

Like the universe depends

"Like the universe depends", poetry by Roshan James

When I’m with you We cross from Heaven to Hell And back Over and Over and Over Until it is both At once That is the best way I can describe How it feels To love you Like the universe Depends on it And the best way I can describe How it feels To have […]

Choosing happy

Choosing happy, blog post by Roshan James

On a cool October day in 2012, I made a choice to follow an inkling of an idea. I can’t say it was a big dream, or that I even had a clear picture of what I was aiming for. It was the kind of now-or-never moment when a single step in a new direction […]

Happiness is…

Happiness is - blog post by Roshan James (Roshan Grossman)

Over the past couple of months, I’ve gotten back into running as a way to clear my mind and get some much-needed cardiovascular exercise. At the outset, I was chugging along at a slow and easy pace that was both mentally and physically achievable, with some walking peppered in for even more ease of experience. […]

A great land

A great land - a blog post by Roshan Grossman

A great land is not defined by the heights of its buildings, the expanse of its territories or the number of its citizens. Its greatness is reflected in its respect for people, depth of knowledge and the grace it extends in the community of the world, while maintaining strength in humility. This is what makes […]

The give and take of “No”

The give and take of "No" - Quill and Curio blog

“No” is a healthy part of our vocabulary. It helps to define boundaries, set expectations, and protect a person from unsolicited words or actions. “No” is often heard around our house to help the kids understand what is and isn’t acceptable. “No, Norah, you shouldn’t do headstands on the couch,” or “No, Theo, please don’t […]

Saying ‘hello’ – it doesn’t hurt

Quill and Curio welcomes Neel Aggarwal as our first-ever guest blogger. Neel is the owner of Aggarwal Financial Solutions Inc. located in Kitchener, Ontario. Neel is in the business of building relationships to help people define short and long-term goals, establish a plan and achieve lifetime financial security. Neel was born and raised here in the […]