On Books, Other Stuff

BOOK REVIEWS: Being Kari & Being Lily

Two books I have read recently are Being Kari and Being Lily by Qarnita Loxton. Though I read them in reverse to the order in which they were written, Lily before Kari, it didn’t matter at all as each story can stand alone. Few things I want to say about them here as many thoughts… Continue reading BOOK REVIEWS: Being Kari & Being Lily

On Books, Other Stuff

NOT A BOOK REVIEW: we don’t talk about it. ever.

I have just come from a talk by the author of the book, ‘We don’t talk about it ever’. Desiree – Anne Martin. I’ve met her several times in writer’s circles but never heard her speak about her story or read her book. While I still hold some of my feelings in tact, having let… Continue reading NOT A BOOK REVIEW: we don’t talk about it. ever.

On Law, On women, Other Stuff

suggestions for my south africa

I wear many hats woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. white, privileged, educated, lawyer, writer mostly, I am woman which hat do I wear when there’s a crisis in the lives of women? I call on my highest self I question what I can do. As a woman first and then as the other. At… Continue reading suggestions for my south africa

On Family, On women, Other Stuff

How to BEGIN again in SPRING.

I’m really pleased that Women’s Month is over. In over five years of my monthly blog- starting in January 2014- I’ve barely missed a single month. But this year, I missed my June, July and August blogs. Every time I thought about it or wanted to write something, it felt pointless, useless, a waste of… Continue reading How to BEGIN again in SPRING.

On Books, On Family, Other Stuff

why I didn’t blog on MOTHERS DAY

And there it went again: Sunday past was Mother’s day. I kept deliberately quiet about it this year and I’m not sure really why. Perhaps because I’ve said so much about it already. Like here: I had no urge to write or post or send texts or pics to mother friends. My mother was visiting… Continue reading why I didn’t blog on MOTHERS DAY

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So, what’s the big deal about the Franschhoek Literary Festival?

If you’ve been following my writing journey at all - thank you, thank you, thank you- you may have seen that around this time last year, I blogged about the highlights of the FLF. It was one of those spontaneous blogs, the ones you don’t give much thought to. You just whack it out ‘cos… Continue reading So, what’s the big deal about the Franschhoek Literary Festival?

On women, Other Stuff

Real queens fix each other’s crowns

What a terrific quote! It was (one of) my favourite sayings of dynamic business woman Phillipa Geard, CEO, founder and inspiration behind the multi award- winning company RecruitMyMom. Phillipa was talking at the request of Sue Cowen of Clear Coaching, a dynamo in her own right who is passionate about the work she does as… Continue reading Real queens fix each other’s crowns

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Why it’s important to find your tribe: a lesson in kindness

I must have been about 8 years old when the little girl in the desk next to me said I was going to go to hell. I was scared. I imagined a pit of pitch dark and flaming orange fires. But for some reason I didn’t believe I would get stuck there and die. Shame,… Continue reading Why it’s important to find your tribe: a lesson in kindness

On Children and Parenting, Other Stuff

Are all teachers, real teachers?

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?