Fish Breath

As a good ol’ Catholic family, I did what all good little Catholic school girls do and attended St Augustine’s Primary right on the doorstep of the only Cathedral in Port Elizabeth. The nuns were no longer when I attended. But believe me, there were enough old bats left who preferred the wooden ruler over […]

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Dearest: No one Doubled to Some

Today I would like to share a poem a very dear friend wrote for me when I fell from the face of society for a small spell. He is not only a gifted poet and a brilliant mind, but the kind of human bean whose kindness and compassion know no bounds. I hope you are […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (or Jessica “Moon-Face” Hansen & a Lump of Clay)

I went to a party once. I knew Jess. From circles and such. We have some history. Port Elizabeth is like that. But on this particular evening, almost touching the stars, there she sat atop in a tree, legs dangling like a little woodland creature, like something straight out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Note […]

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The Art of Quilting (or, I Have Hope)

So today, we remember those who would not be voiceless… Those agents of change… Those who took centre stage against one of the fiercest of regimes. I salute you and your brave deeds leave me humbled. We have not come as far as I’d hoped by now. But there is room for growth each day […]

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A Lesson in Compassion & Wisdom (or Buddhism for Dummies)

Dearest Students My hands tremble as I type this but I fear not. I keep a Bible verse very close to my heart. Be still and know that I am God. It doesn’t get much better than that in life. But here are my final words for you all. Fear not the cruel in this […]

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