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Poetry in Music, Flex Of He & I, The marriage two great arts

Last Thursday night I was invited by Phomolo Sekamotho (Flex) to a live recording for V1 live featuring him and his band Flex of He & I, at the Academy of Sound Engineering at SABC.  I previously wrote this article  after listening to his In Between the Lines EP (free for download). I have never encountered poetry in this unique format ... Read More »

Halloween Treats

I had no intention of doing much if anything for Halloween today, I have a to-do list as long as my arm and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  The problem with my kitchen is that it calls and snares me.  Oh well, the children are happy. First we made Some Jack o’ Lantern cupcakes.  Vanilla cupcakes coloured with a bit ... Read More »

Nkani, a pragmatic man following his dream

Recently my husband Cliff told me about a young man who works with him.  By day Nkani works at Afrox as a quality inspector, in his spare time he makes and sells shoes and clothing.  He does this toward the goal of doing an 18 month part-time course in fashion design.  The R65 000 cost for this course would have ... Read More »

Boksburg DA Ward 32 – Statement regarding postal strike

STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING THE CURRENT POSTAL SERVICE STRIKE: WARD 32 DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE BRANCH IN BOKSBURG HEREBY DECLARES ITS DISATISFACTION WITH THE CURRENT POSTAL SERVICES STRIKE: IT IS THE BRANCH’S CONSIDERATE VIEW THAT THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS IN OUR BRANCH TO COMMUNICATE HAS BEEN ENCROACHED UPON BY THE ONGOING UNCONTROLLABLE POSTAL STRIKERS. THE BRANCH NOTES WITH DISGUST THE CRIMINAL ACTS ... Read More »

My new toy – the rain gauge

As a child I remember loving checking my grandfather’s rain gauge when we visited.   Every year I wonder exactly how much rain has fallen.  This year the rainy season has started very late.  In Johannesburg we should expect our first rains in the first week of October.  I bought a rain gauge on the 15/10 at a local nursery for ... Read More »

Dancing with the reaper – poem

This poem is one of the first which I wrote and felt that it ‘worked’.   I don’t have a formula when it comes to writing.  Sometimes I am inspired by something that I have read.  Sometimes by an observation or experience.  Some poems are worked and re-worked over and over and still miss the mark.   The night before writing ... Read More »

Umhlanga nature reserve – an easy walk with children

10 Years ago on a Durban trip, my husband Clifford proposed to me.  I use the word proposed in a rather loose manner as he said something along the lines of “So when should we get married?”  We had met only 4 months previously after exchanging a few messages on a dating website.  Despite his somewhat unromantic proposal,  my memories ... Read More »

It’s a strange, strange cyber world

Last night, reading the Guardian article by author Kathleen Hale I was upset by the content. In short the author was given a bad review by a book blogger who hid behind a false identity.  The blogger engaged with the author on twitter which led to a chain of events.  I can understand how Kathleen Hale got caught up in ... Read More »