The Squeaky Robot

A Meddling Robot in a Human's World

Posts tagged “memory

Guangzhou, Again, Somehow

Posted on August 3, 2015

This is my second time in the city of Guangzhou. I was here exactly four years ago. It is not normally a place a leisurely traveler will choose with fierce intention, let alone twice. It’s one of China’s many megacities without much going for it, as far as the guidebooks will tell you, besides its Canton history and closeness to Hong Kong. Both times coming here it was a spur of the moment decision; though the first time was an exciting seizure of the unknown, while the second was fueled by a mellow curiosity and a penchant for the eternal question: How are things different? I remember how much I loved Guangzhou, but beyond this I remember very little. My memory reaches out for…

No, It Can’t Be Better Than This

Posted on November 24, 2013

As a child in elementary school, I remember The Day – the last day of school – as something definitive and momentous. Weeks leading up to The Day were felt, it was in the air, these fumes of freedom, and each student’s excitement would rise accordingly as The Day drew nearer. We were intoxicated by the expectations and possibilities Summer allowed; cleaning out our desks and classrooms were chores we assumed happily, for they were symptoms of a grander reward. With age I find the momentousness of such events has either a huge delay or has disappeared altogether. Last days of school at university were anti-climactic because everyone would go home at different times, often in the midst of a stressful finals atmosphere; most…

The Life and Death of a Kite

Posted on August 20, 2013

The Life & Death of a Kite

In Memory of Joe Kessler

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The life of a kite is beautiful but tenuous. Great effort must be put towards its flight, even more should it thrive and soar. A kite needs ample care. You must give it wind. Continual tugs and pulls, caressing the line so that it catches a gust and doesn’t falter. You need to run; a kite needs energy. So run very fast! Run so fast that the kite becomes an extension of your body. So that you share the same heart. What you do on the ground matters very much in the air, especially for the life and death of a kite.