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.

Life and Living, Other Stuff

And then there’s that wonderful story…

about the fisherman and the businessman. Various origins and sources are cited as to the origins of this story and there are one or two variations. Here is the one I found which accorded most with the one I remembered, written supposedly by Paulo Coelho though I don’t recall that he was the original author: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2015/09/04/the-fisherman-and-the-businessman/ There was once… Continue reading And then there’s that wonderful story…

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Better than a walk in the park. A walk on the beach.

The Perlemoen Trail. One unconsciously enjoyable aspect about walking along the coast close to the sea with a group of women is that one never seems to tire of it or certainly I never did. The rhythm of the breaking waves and the accompany soft mist it breathes into the air every few seconds is like a heart that… Continue reading Better than a walk in the park. A walk on the beach.

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Delightful LIRA at Kirstenbosch Sunset Concert

  I confess. I had little idea what to expect at last night’s LIRA concert at Kirstenbosch. Often, no expectations mean fewer disappointments but disappointed I certainly could NOT have been. In fact, I was blown away by the warm, wholesome, happy vibe that LIRA inspired at her concert, dressed in jeans and a long, beautifully… Continue reading Delightful LIRA at Kirstenbosch Sunset Concert

Life and Living, On Children and Parenting

What do you tell your daughter to do with the power she possesses?

I’ve been thinking so much about this whole #metoo #timesup and its many faces and now the #azizansari story and what I want to say about it that I’ve become almost paralysed by it. Perhaps that’s how “Grace” felt while she propped herself up on the kitchen counter and began sharing intimate parts of herself… Continue reading What do you tell your daughter to do with the power she possesses?

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To more moments in 2018

The sun was more light than warmth, the sand hard and cool, just enough for a footprint to be embedded before the sea washed it away. I picked up a beige pebble, rolled it over in my palm, watched a few grains of sand fall quietly. The smooth roundness remained, whole, and complete. I stood up and… Continue reading To more moments in 2018

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On agitation and achievement: 3 solutions

At the beginning of this, the tenth month of 2017 I remember feeling somewhat agitated but couldn’t quite place it. Then I had coffee with a friend and she suggested it was that ‘winding down’ feeling of the year when it’s galloping towards a close and you need to evaluate how it went. And maybe you feel… Continue reading On agitation and achievement: 3 solutions

Friends,, Life and Living, On Family, On women, Other Stuff

why women become lovelier the older they get

As part of my research on women and feminism for my new book, I came across several articles - most notably those in the UK Telegraph and The New York Times on the topic of Why Women Compete with each other. In brief, the obvious starting point is evolution and the process of ‘natural selection’ which I… Continue reading why women become lovelier the older they get

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What’s more important- savings or sanity?

I read an article this morning about our globally projected future. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/must-read-article-how-our-lives-change-dramatically-20-delahunty In a nutshell: jobs for lawyers and many others will become superfluous (scary) Tesla-type cars will be the norm therefore no drivers (good thing), fewer cars (also) on roads allowing people to live quiet lives on country roads (also), just staring at their… Continue reading What’s more important- savings or sanity?