Autumn Riches in the Western Cape South Africa

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Autumn in the Western Cape of South Africa is rich in colour and texture and drenched in balmy sunshine. This is what we were looking forward to when we planned our April trip to the wine lands of this region. What we found is a country in a grip of drought. It is warmer than usual for this time of year and evidence of wildfires are everywhere. In many places the vineyards are still green. In others it seems that […] Continue reading»

What a horse taught me about perseverance

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Many years ago, I signed up for horse-riding lessons. My children, 5 and 9 at the time, wanted to learn. Instead of sitting on the sidelines watching, I decided I might as well join them. Next thing I knew, I was the butt of jokes and laughter around the arena and beyond. My clumsiness, my ‘sack-o-potato’ riding style, my inability to control the horse, my scaredy-cat facial contortions and habit of veering away from the smallest of obstacles, trotting poles […] Continue reading»

A System Designed for Growth

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I know a good system when I see one. It comes from having been in systems all my life: first Radiography and then Information Technology. I am endlessly fascinated by separate components that come together like cogs in a wheel to produce a result that is greater than the whole. Let me explain. When I was a radiographer and CAT scans, a.k.a., Computer Assisted Tomography, made an appearance in the medical world, I wanted to be part of it. I […] Continue reading»

Keep it Simple. Less is More.

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It is that time of year when your inbox is full of emails encouraging you to •  plan for your best year yet •  set a big hairy goal •  dream big •  make your New Year resolutions stick and •  tips for what to do if they don’t. This is when the rebel in me comes out. I feel I am being coerced down a particular path. Like being forced to take foul-tasting medicine. Don’t get me wrong. It […] Continue reading»

A Lesson in Humility and 10 Tips for Parents and Myself

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The festive time is notorious for nebulous arguments, bickering and disagreements to erupt and old family feuds to re-surface. This was going to be a piece about peace and how three words, each starting with ‘P’ helps me maintain my peace, come Christmas or any other time. And that is where the Big U intervened to teach me a lesson in acceptance, humility and presence, perfectly encapsulated in this quote by Ram Dass: ‘If you think you’re enlightened, go spend […] Continue reading»

Heaven has another angel

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Death. It is not something we talk about much in the West. Or think about. Or know about. It is certainly not something we want to happen to us. Especially not those close to us like our families, friends, loved ones. ‘Why?’ we cry. ‘ Why me?’ ‘Why did my beloved have to be taken from me?’ ‘Why is God punishing me?’ How certain we are that God is punishing us when things don’t go according to plan; the plan […] Continue reading»