On writing, Other Stuff

BOOK REVIEW: UMBILICUS: PAULA GRUBEN: A brave tale of discovery and identity

. The term ‘umbilicus’, otherwise known as the belly button is the point of attachment for the umbilical cord to the embryo. Everyone has one. Everyone was once tied to a woman who gave them life- their birth mother. But not everyone has the privilege of knowing who that is. And that must be agonizing.… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: UMBILICUS: PAULA GRUBEN: A brave tale of discovery and identity

Life and Living, Other Stuff

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?

On Books, On Children and Parenting, On Family, On women, Other Stuff

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 Books, On Family, Other Stuff

On Kafda, and thoughts of one and other special things.

I’d been reading Kafka on the way up in the car, scanning through ‘The Metamorphosis’ and other short stories, and deciding that I would have to speak to someone about him. I hadn’t read much of it before and felt a bit clueless about what he was trying to say most of the time. I… Continue reading On Kafda, and thoughts of one and other special things.

On Books, Other Stuff

How to survive Home Affairs. #FindRene

How to survive Home Affairs #Find Rene I arrived with a different attitude on this, my eighth turn to Home Affairs. I parked easily as it was still early, and armed with the Truth (coffee)  joined a moving queue just after 8am so that by 2 minutes past, I was standing inside the building on… Continue reading How to survive Home Affairs. #FindRene

On Books, Other Stuff

GOING OFFLINE FOR A TIME

I’ve blogged fairly extensively about my preoccupation with social media and the unequalled ambivalence it creates in my mind that literally drives me demented. Because it saps my energy and quite frankly, makes me sad. And then I see the latest cover of The BIG ISSUE with the headline: WHY SOCIAL MEDIA MAKES YOU SAD.… Continue reading GOING OFFLINE FOR A TIME

From Courtrooms To Cupcakes

Women in Law: Finding New Ways

Synergistic forces were evident in more ways than imagined when I found myself at a recent summit entitled ‘ Finding New Ways for Women to Lead in Law’, a joint venture between the Centre for Integrative Law & UCT’s Law@Work Division. I had planned to go in my private capacity as an independent consultant/law lecturer… Continue reading Women in Law: Finding New Ways