Second Chances

This is a 3 day weekend in South Africa as Sunday is Human Rights Day and we have Monday off of work. Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with March 21st, 1960 and the events of Sharpeville. The apartheid regime forced black people to carry a 'Pass', a hated identification document, known …

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Slipping of the Mask

The biggest 'news' item this week was Oprah's interview with Meghan and Harry. Probably the two most discussed items from the interview were the claims that they were victims of racism by senior members of the royals and that Meghan had been suicidal during her pregnancy with Archie. The world appears to be strongly divided …

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Plagues and Anniversaries

This month marks an entire year since we have been locked down. A year since we have had people around, a year since we have had a social life, a year since I had a hair cut, a year since I coloured my hair, a year since we have seen my Mother, a year of …

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Under Pressure

This has been such a tense week full of stress and anxiety. On Wednesday I woke to several messages from my cousins about my mom. Mom fell in her kitchen and injured herself. She had to drag herself across the room to the couch to get her phone which must have been unbelievably painful. The …

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Guilty Pleasures

These days there are so few opportunities for happiness that you need to grab it wherever you can. I mentioned in a recent blog that I had watched the Fran Lebowitz 'Pretend It's A City' series and one of the things she discusses is the term 'Guilty Pleasures'. I totally agree with my spirit animal …

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Hanging Ten

Monday came at me hard and the rest of the week has been just as challenging. Monday I went back to work after my 12 days of rest and relaxation. I have not left my house for weeks as South Africa was sent back to lockdown level 3. President Ramaphosa was alarmed at the high …

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Cowboy Hats, Caftans and the Bermuda Triangle

The week between Christmas and New Years is notoriously a bit of a black hole. The Bermuda Triangle of Annual Leave. What day is it? What have we been doing? Where have we been? This period of time can usually be tracked by the places we have gone, the people we have seen, entertained or …

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No Turkey, No Cupcakes

Wednesday marked the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), an international campaign that runs annually, from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (World Human Rights’ Day). Every year I try to feel positive and hopeful that something will change and every year …

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Turn Up the Heat

There are so many advantages to working from home, however there are also some disadvantages. On Monday night we were relaxing and watching Netflix when the screen started that 'we are offline' spin. We just assumed it was some temporary glitch but when we woke on Tuesday there was still no internet. Our router was …

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