Random Things: Week 39

1. Innovation is a word I’d forgotten

Now that I’m back in the business world, innovation is a word I hear everyday. Though the word is not new, I’d almost forgotten and had surely misplaced it. Thank goodness, for literary innovators such as Emily Dickinson, who continue to inspire my writing.

2. On avoiding tough conversations

If vulnerability is the birthplace of love, why is it so difficult to embrace? I’m currently listening to an audiobook, Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. Man, there are so many takeaways from this book.

3. Why is Gregory Porter’s “Painted on Canvas” top on my playlist?

Simply because this song is music therapy for my autumn soul. For me, autumn is a season for manifesting. That is, it’s my most productive season in terms of creative writing. So, we’ll see what fruits I reap in spring. 🙂

4. What colour are your days?

So, after listening to the song above, what colour would you paint your day(s)? Me, I choose the colour of love. And of course, you always check how I painted the poppy below with a poem, Red Blooms, that appears in the chapbook From the Depths of Darkness.

Poppy illustration by MagicLoveCrow

5. A strong sense of self

“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” ~ Misha Nonoo

Hope you’re enjoying the season. May you be inspired you to find your own misplaced word, paint your days with whatever colour you choose or take a risk and start that tough conversation!

Khaya Ronkainen


  1. 1.) Ha! I work in a quirky office where they seem to have a buzzword of the week. Innovation is a perennial favorite.
    2.)I’ve had really rewarding conversations that required me to be vulnerable. But I’ve also had times when being vulnerable got me hurt pretty badly. The other person or persons involved have to be as committed to that kind of conversation as you are, or it all goes south pretty fast.
    3.) I get more creative around this time, but mostly because the kids are in school 😀 Thank you for introducing me to such a sweet song.
    4.) Hmm… I think they’d be a blur of lots of colors as I’ve been scrambling to get a lot of things done this last week. I have a big work project I’m taking on, the Jewish high holidays, and visiting my son at college to juggle.
    5.) I am definitely pushing myself to take risks in the near future! LOL, I need to think of good treats for myself when I get them done.

  2. 1. Innovation (or, more accurately in my case, trying uncommon things) has been on my mind lately. So… I, too, am grateful for those who came before us and continue to inspire our muses. May we do them proud.

    2. I’m completely deficient at the subtle art of avoiding tough conversations (very likely because I love poking danger in the ribs *cough*).

    3. I shall give “Painted on Canvas” a try…

    4. Red and Black, always red and black… but they always mean different things (to me).

    5. Misha Nonoo doesn’t only have one of the coolest names, her words are also so true. So, grab the toughies by the throat, I shall. 😊

  3. Emily Dickinson is great. What a fantastic inspiration to have!

    And I absolutely adore autumn. That’s awesome how you always feel so productive during it. Hope this season leads to many creative accomplishments for you! ^_^

  4. Autumn is such a great season, I love it.
    The water and sky in the picture is quite beautiful.

    Wishing you a Happy Autumn, and good October days.

    All the best Jan

  5. You made me laugh with innovation being a perennial favourite in your quirky office. 😀 As for vulnerability, I agree with you. People concerned should, at least, be willing to participate in that conversation. I’m glad you enjoyed the song, and happy writing! It would be interesting to see the canvas of a multitasker, good luck with the work project. Ah, nothing motivates like a treat or reward to keep pushing. I can’t wait to see the smile on your face, when you’ve taken that leap.

  6. I think a wonderful idea to try uncommon things. Even though in your case, there’s nothing common about your creative work. I’m in awe of the different ways you write and share your poetry, especially the stitching of words.

    Lol with your deficiency. 😀 We all could do with it. As for “Painted on Canvas”, I find the song really inspiring. Hope you enjoy.

    By the way, red and black are my favourite colours too, though in recent years I also appreciate the beauty of the muted colours. And thumbs up for grabbing toughies by the throat!

  7. Thanks Heather. Dickinson is one of the greatest, and continues to inspire.

    Autumn is a season that’s easy to fall in love with. I wish you a wonderful one as well.

  8. Thank you so much, Jan. Wishing you a wonderful season too, filled with different aromas of all the delights you produce from your delicious recipes. 🙂

  9. Great post Khaya! I’m taking risks at my new job! Actually, I am really stepping out of my comfort zone! It’s a good thing! Happy Autumn my friend! Big Hugs!

  10. I’m so happy to hear this, Stacy. We all should step out of our comfort zones and grow, whether personally or professionally. Brilliant job, my friend. Happy Autumn & Big Hugs your way!

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