Tread gently in the world. This is really what I want this blog to be titled. But because it’s probably not going to get the attention I would like on social media, I needed to think about how to phrase it. So I changed the title to suit my purpose. I think that’s what media people… Continue reading on racism in SA schools and the ethics of the media.
This is a difficult piece to write- thank goodness it’s the last one- but it’s important for me to conclude on this since it Oscar has permeated my writing in the last three years and appears in my book which I am just starting to send out into the world. Its working title is Somewhere… Continue reading THE OSCAR OUTCOME and MADIBA’s MASIPA: my last word on this
If only I had the chance… I would want to stand up in front of the appeal judges, all five of you, You who have worked hard and (some probably through prejudice) but most definitely persistence, earned your place as judges at the appeal court in our fractured land, In our land which cries every single… Continue reading if I had the chance…
BEAR WITH ME ON THIS ONE. IT'S LONGER than usual but IMPORTANT but as usual, UNEDITED. We are living in strange and uncertain times. Isn’t it always so? We make history in some way or another every single day in relative terms which will impact someone, somewhere in a future which, today, cannot be known,… Continue reading your one wild and precious life
My husband has a particularly unique and unyielding life challenge: he has a mother- in- law who is successful and self-righteous and seriously independent (and who happens to be a former High Court judge, the first woman to have been appointed in Johannesburg) and a wife who is self-righteous, stresses about the meaning of success… Continue reading How do you feel about your mother in law?
If I promise myself that I will write something, I cannot sleep until it’s done. So with the end of August and end of Women’s Month today, I want to squeeze in a brief mention of two women who taught us all valuable lessons this month. One is of course CASTER SEMENYA and the other, in… Continue reading WHAT DEFINES US AS WOMEN? TWO WOMEN OF WORTH TO END OFF WOMEN’s MONTH
What is vengeance worth? This whole Pistorius/Steenkamp tragedy has my stomach in knots. Horrific things happen daily around the world: crazy, disturbed people walk into gay clubs and shoot indiscriminately, religious groups kill over belief / land/power, another madman shoots a beautiful young British MP, planes are hijacked, people are murdered, raped. But this one… Continue reading For the sake of my own sanity
Since receiving an email from the UCT Alumni Dept, I have read so many comments on this issue - from Black Rhodes recipients and White Rhodes Recipients to current Professors and retired Professors; from students who throw poo and battle to reach 30% averages in their 5th year of study to Gareth Cliff. And more.… Continue reading What to do with Rhodes Statue? #Headache
Something just hasn’t been sitting properly with me since reading my Disco Pants blogger friend (link below) whose passionate opinion and brave heart I value, along with our Chardonnay lunch, but I haven’t been able to nail it …until now. Because I feel that that it goes way beyond a mere beating up of ourselves… Continue reading On the Disco Pants Blog and Racism. Prejudices generally.
About three months ago, I had the privilege of being included as one of 200 "early adopters" for Joanne Fedler's new book about to be launched in Sydney next month, entitled Love in the Time of Contempt , Consolations for parents of Teenagers. The idea was to assist the book in getting into the hands of a million stressed… Continue reading Book Review: Love in the Time of Contempt: Joanne Fedler