Summer Joys

1. The joy of finding a favourite

I know I am a tad late but I finally got my hands on John Grisham’s works, and I’m sold. Right now I’m reading The Firm, and enjoying it immensely. It’s a nail-biting thriller that’s so difficult to put down. I can’t wait to read more of his books.

2. The intrigue of street art

I enjoy being a tourist in my own city. There’s so much to see and do around town without having to dig deep into my pocket. Admiring street art is one of my past-times. Every summer, there’s a free event, Spraycankontrol, that is open to everyone to participate, learn or enjoy. All one needs is a paint and imagination.

3. What so special about reorganizing old photos?

Even with technology advancement, I still love to hold the printed photo in my hand. I’ve moved houses a lot, I’ve lost count. But wherever I go, I always take these old family (and friends) photos with me. From time to time, I reorganized them or add to the collection. It’s more than just doing the Marie Kondo thing but to relive (some scandalous) the memories. It’s truly one of the things that makes me happy.

4. Happiness is a choice

I’m an easy customer. Things that make me happy are simply and mostly free. I wrote the micro poem below few years ago as I was musing on why some people make it look or sound like it’s difficult to achieve happiness.

Photo background is of summer in the country

5. Summer mood

I love symphonic or orchestral music, even though I don’t get to listen or attend concerts often. But I recently marvelled at this remix of Rollanda: Everybody’s free by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Saara Aalto.

Indeed, everybody is free to feel good. Do you have a song that puts you in that right or good mood for summer?

Occassionally, I share five random things I’m reading, watching, doing and thinking about. You’re most welcome to join the conversation.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and blogger. Her blog focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, and also features poets and their books.


  1. A Painted House is my favorite by Grisham. I spent a whole summer, some years (decades…) back reading every book by him I could find. I got addicted to Law & Order and other courtroom shows at the same time, lol!

    I love playing with photos, both digitally and in print. Oh, the memories…

    For some of us, happiness is indeed a choice. But I don’t think that the same is true for everyone. For people living with severe depression, for instance, things are a lot more complex.

  2. Thanks for mentioning your favourite, I’ll certainly be on the lookout for it as I’m on a mission to find more of Grisham’s books. I still can’t believe it took me this long to read him. 😀

    Oh, the memories…say that again! I’ve written (and still intend to write) stories about some of these memories.

    As for happiness, I hear you. Perhaps, things are a lot more complex for some.

  3. I am glad you are enjoying The Firm. I have read a few of Grisham’s works and he never disappoints. Browsing old photos always brings a smile to my face or makes me laugh really hard. Your happiness poem perfection. We really do hold our own keys to happiness.

  4. “We really hold our own keys to happiness.” I believe so too, Val. And happiness for me doesn’t mean a life without hardships and pain but choosing to live with gratitude, regardless.

    And yeah, tell me about the old photos! 😀

  5. I love owning printed photos, too. As great as it is to have digital copies, it can be very easy for those to just get lost in the ether, and forgotten. Glad you’ve been having fun reliving some old memories!

  6. Same here, Heather. I just love printed photos, guess I’m old-fashioned. 😀 Yes, I’m having fun reliving memories, but this process also serve as inspiration for stories to write.

  7. Khaya darling,please bear with me. I will surely do your thing for you. 🙂 Grisham is one of my favourites. Have read almost all his books including the Firm. 🙂

  8. Hello dear Celestine! Lovely to see you around. Honestly no worries about “my thing”, whenever you’re ready. 🙂 As for Grisham, I now understand why he is a favourite for many, his work is brilliant!

  9. Do you know I haven’t read any Grisham yet either? LOL, maybe I should squeeze in a book of his this summer. I think that falls into a genre I don’t usually read.

    There are a lot of little street fairs and festivals popping up in my area around this time of year. I’m planning on taking a few in before the summer is over.

  10. Now I feel so much better to hear there’s another great Reader, who hasn’t read Grisham. 😀 I felt like I have been living under a rock to have missed his brilliant stories.

    You should squeeze it this summer, you won’t regret it! Also remember one of the challenge recommendations, to read in a genre that you don’t usually read? There you go…Happy Reading! 😀

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