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On Children and Parenting, Other Stuff

truth or fiction: men, not kids, damage our careers?

At just over half a century on this planet Earth where it is often said that the men from Mars and women from Venus converge, I find myself constantly grappling with the how and why of human connections. Human relations and connections. Apart from the plight of the oceans, the state of the earth and the… Continue reading truth or fiction: men, not kids, damage our careers?

On Books, Other Stuff

how to (or not) launch your new book!

You know the feeling when you have prepared an exciting, celebratory event and when the event arrives and it’s time to shine, you want to crawl under the covers and not answer the doorbell? Yip, that was me on Tuesday past at about 5:45pm. The rain had just started bucketing down, I stank of smoke… Continue reading how to (or not) launch your new book!

On Books, Other Stuff

a week to new book launch

Here‘s a teeny peek of what to expect: some of the books that inspired the thoughts I had to write and the some of the thoughts I wrote. On mothers: … It was the image of a woman that she represented to me: a woman so passionate about her task; a woman so energised and… Continue reading a week to new book launch

On women, Other Stuff

words about women on women’s day

The purpose of this piece is to reflect a little on the results of a survey I did recently on women and work: the family/work/life balance. The reason I embarked upon this – my very first experience of a Monkey Survey- was to understand and perhaps ‘test’ to an extent, the issues which are discussed… Continue reading words about women on women’s day

On Family, Other Stuff

hanging on to Hanover

As teens travelling the long and straight road home from the University of Cape Town to Johannesburg for the holidays back in the 80's, HANOVER was merely a small scattered array of buildings on the side of the N1: a place to slow down a little before accelerating to the next town. We would never… Continue reading hanging on to Hanover

On Books, Other Stuff

Book Review: Brutal Legacy by Tracy Going – the illumination of truths

‘I have a confession’ I said when I met Tracy Going properly this week after a brief, fortuitous meeting at the Franschhoek Literary Festival recently. ‘I haven’t read your book. I opened it at Exclusives and couldn’t get past the Prologue.’ ‘Oh no! Why? That’s not a good sign. Was it that bad?’ she said,… Continue reading Book Review: Brutal Legacy by Tracy Going – the illumination of truths

Other Stuff

Win a Ticket! Jazzart presents Archives at the Baxter Theatre

The Artscape Theatre in Cape Town is where Jazzart, a contemporary dance NPO, will be celebrating the graduation of the first class that has been training for the last 3 years. These performers are all young and agile and passionate about the dance. The multi-award winning contemporary dance theater company, Jazzart, will host a memorable send-off for its… Continue reading Win a Ticket! Jazzart presents Archives at the Baxter Theatre

On Books, Other Stuff

Highlights of the Franschhoek Literary Festival

With less than twenty four hours at my disposal this time at my annual literary feast –  the 2018 Franschhoek Literary Festival - I hung around briefly in the EB pop up book section in the Town Hall, to scan the new lists of books. One day, when I own my book shop (in my dreams) I won’t… Continue reading Highlights of the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Life and Living, music, Other Stuff

an extraordinary evening of music. a tale in pics.

It was while sitting in an exquisite salon of the Casa Labia in Muizenberg on Saturday morning, listening to a lecture on the life of Chopin by my musical mentor and inspirer of the classics, Elizabeth Handley, that the thought struck:  just as we still listen to the genius of Chopin, down at the very tip of Africa, 170… Continue reading an extraordinary evening of music. a tale in pics.