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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?

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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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

On Children and Parenting, On women, Other Stuff

what makes us ‘difficult’ women?

The quiet little village of Stanford lies just outside Hermanus in the valley of the undulating Overberg. A river runs through it. It doesn’t even need Brad Pitt though of course he would be most welcome. No, that it a euphemism. I would probably collapse in an unsightly heap if he ever pitched up on… Continue reading what makes us ‘difficult’ women?

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what do you mean by ‘success’?

What do you mean, he was successful? As the sun once again performed her magic, throwing different shades of dusty pink on the sea and oranges into a fading sky, we ended the day with some friends we hadn’t seen in a while. They live in Australia is probably why. And as we ticked off… Continue reading what do you mean by ‘success’?

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EIGHT OCTOBER OBSERVATIONS

A long, slightly rambling blog. Like the tentacles of an octopus. My October. Children are easily embarrassed by their parents when they get to a particular age. They are from a different generation dealing with different parts of their growing selves in ways they cannot yet fully understand, and we have long forgotten. Truthfully, I… Continue reading EIGHT OCTOBER OBSERVATIONS

On Children and Parenting, On writing

What things did you learn in January 2016? 20 things I did.

With one month of 2016 gone already and nearly half of Feb... Yikes! Here are some things I learnt: That writing a book is flippin’ hard. If I thought of using the other F- word for how hard it is, this would be about the right time to use it but I'm not a big… Continue reading What things did you learn in January 2016? 20 things I did.

On Children and Parenting

Meg Faure’s Parenting Workshop : 25 February 2015

I planned a short blog on this fab workshop I did with Meg Faure recently but never got round to it so I have tried ( with my limited blogging, imaging skills) to tag along on her blog below! It was quite strange being in a room full of babies and I could feel the emotion welling up as I tried… Continue reading Meg Faure’s Parenting Workshop : 25 February 2015

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Home Affairs, home affairs and other weekend happenings …

So the weekend starts on a Friday evening, as it usually does, and there's lots happening and we are excited about it all and I wave Joseph goodbye as he finishes his Friday gardening and he rides out the driveway and I just love his happy face and wonder how he manages to hum so happily all the time around the… Continue reading Home Affairs, home affairs and other weekend happenings …