So where’s the media tonight? Was my overriding thought at Tuesday’s farewell for Di Berry, retiring headmistress at Rustenburg Girls Junior. Why aren’t they here? Why don’t they come and listen and report objectively, see for themselves, take the time to understand stories- whole stories, not single stories- of those who selflessly devote themselves to… Continue reading Are all teachers, real teachers?
Category: On Children and Parenting
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?
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?
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
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?
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’?
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
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.
Remember the days when you would casually glance at your watch after a day in the office and you picked up the phone to dial your hubby, suggesting a quick drink at the Waterfront after work? Huh? Winding down. But this is how it is and I know you’ll understand. You’ll have your own version… Continue reading Winding down
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