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The water babies – charles kingsley

For a very long time I have known that I would enjoy re-reading The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.  All that I remembered was Tom the chimney sweep and his transformation to a water baby.  I’m not even sure if as a child, I read the entire book.  My current copy is a little disappointing, as it lacks illustrations.  Like ... Read More »

Poetry a journey into and out of an abusive relationship

Many years ago I was in an abusive relationship.  During that time and in the healing period after leaving the relationship, writing helped me to structure my thoughts and helped me to find my way forward.  I have avoided putting these old works up here for a few reasons.  I was a different person then.  I have moved on and ... Read More »

Poem – Mother and Father (My Hirsch’s competition ‘entry’)

Oi, I’m getting old.  I got all excited when I saw a poetry competition advertised by Hirsch in Boksburg, but me old eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, didn’t see the age 5 – 8 bit.  Anyway yesterday while sitting in the car while the children were in swimming lessons I wrote my ‘entry’.  although I cannot ... Read More »

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 »