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Posted by on 11:41 pm in Current events, My Story & Ideas | 0 comments

New perspectives

For the past two weeks, my partner (code name: “E”) has been away in London for work. The last time he was away (in January) we were seeing each other maybe 2 or 3 evenings a week. Much has happened in the months since then and I have been breathing his presence every day and every night for most of that time. I am even used to hearing his voice in my sleep (he talks quite a lot in his sleep). So these two weeks have been tough. Something significant has been missing, even though we can talk or video call on the phone. I can only imagine...

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The big wonder of a small broccoli

Posted by on 9:37 pm in Current events, My Story & Ideas | 0 comments

The big wonder of a small broccoli

Around January of this year I decided to venture my hands at cultivating my own herb and vegetable garden. I have never been known for having the proverbial “green fingers” and only ever really had a couple of indoor plants and/or ferns that required very little. I took to my plan to create my own garden with gusto! I did some research, bought seedlings, wooden planters (protected from the dogs with plastic mesh and a wire fence. I watered the plants daily, rushed home from work to talk to them when I got home, and they responded...

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Load-shedding

Posted by on 8:21 pm in Current events, My Story & Ideas, South Africa | 0 comments

Load-shedding

This past Saturday, Baymax (my car) and I went on an adventure. {Side note: None of the people I tell could believe that I would go so far by myself… in fact, to be completely alone… and not be afraid. It worries me that we have become so driven by fear? I am not wreckless, but really, to drive 2.5 hours and wander around a forest in a nature reserve in the middle of nowhere – is that such a bizarre thing?} Anyway, I wandered off, not lost, following foot paths, exploring a place devoid of the touch of humanity except in the...

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Words will win

Posted by on 9:29 pm in Current events, Inspiration | 0 comments

Words will win

I wrote this on 26 January 2015 for one of the poets who competed yesterday, inspiring me anew to take up my ‘pen’ last night after what has been something of a draught – a time when I wrote many words to people who matter, to whom they seemed to make little difference, instead of to myself as I have done since I was old enough to string together a coherent sentence. At a time when I have been feeling as though my words have so little effect, he helped me to remember that whether one heart hears you, or a thousand, it makes...

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Every man’s seeing eye dog

Posted by on 8:59 pm in Current events, Inspiration | 0 comments

Every man’s seeing eye dog

I know I run the risk of generalising today, but I will take that risk to illustrate a point. I have been taking public transport for many years – since I was a student in fact, nearly 14 years just about. And I have observed a fair share of the blind (or visually impaired, for the politically correct) on trains, train stations, at bus stations. And I know, yes, they are just people too, sometimes they have a bad day or they have their little vices and gnawing flaws in their personalities, just like those who can see. But again today,...

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Searching my soul

Posted by on 11:14 pm in Current events | 0 comments

Searching my soul

This body that I find myself in yesterday commented to a great friend and someone we respect deeply that we have never cried so much in such a short time as we have this past 6-8 weeks. But after this really tough time, I was beginning to see the new realisations about love, surrender and accepting the present moment take root as we prepare for the fast: Yom Kippur – a time of forgiveness not for wilful transgressions but for our humanness, all the little spots and blemishes that are created when we react or respond in ways that are...

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Strolling through dreamland kicking ass like a ninja

Posted by on 2:39 pm in Current events, My Story & Ideas | 0 comments

Strolling through dreamland kicking ass like a ninja

Edit – 26 January 2015 – I am doing something today that I have never done before. I am removing a post, not because of weakness or my own foolish heart that was put on display for the world. I cannot say that the one I wrote it for was oblivious or undeserving, for is it our place to judge who is deserving of love, even when they hurt us? The truth is that the thing I learned while writing it was a universal truth and something that should never be obscured by heart-rending gushing that served no purpose in the grander scheme of...

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Making meaning

Posted by on 1:27 am in Current events | 0 comments

Making meaning

There are some powerfully emotive words in the English language. ‘Bereft’ is one of these… a word that carries loss and tragedy and defeat so deep; a word that speaks of abandonment, despair and a fierce disappointment so intense not even a well of tears can give expression to it. This is how I feel today more than I have the past 6 weeks – a time when I have experienced such onslaughts that it took my words away. Literally. In my grief I couldn’t even write, not when I was ill, not in my suffering… but now,...

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Facing our demons…

Posted by on 10:02 am in Current events, Furkids, My Story & Ideas | 0 comments

Facing our demons…

For Micah. I nearly lost you this week, my precious boy. Seeing you fight for breath* and knowing how close we came to never seeing your lively, warm brown eyes again shook me, and brought out insecurities about so many other things that I feel quite ashamed. I am deeply thankful for that still small inner voice that told me this was not one of the (many) times I just tell you or the rest of the pack to suck it up because the problem will fix itself. One more day this time would have been one day too many. And I wonder now as I watch you lying...

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Expect the unexpected – Birthday message 2014

Posted by on 11:50 pm in Current events, My Story & Ideas | 0 comments

Expect the unexpected – Birthday message 2014

The beautiful truth is that every day is a second chance at happiness…. a chance to do better and to be better (in one way, or every way) than before. This has been perhaps the most difficult birthday message to write because out of the blue my world was turned upside down in the best way possible by a man I still can’t describe or sum up in just a handful of words or a few sentences. My thoughts have seemed unfocused and floundering, looking for an idea to grasp hold of as I step into my 33rd year. In the past 2 weeks, Sheldon...

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