Cowboys and Cherokees in the Wild

I often think about what life was like hundreds of years ago before we had luxuries such as many of us now have, running water and inside sanitation facilities, electricity, convenient grocery stores and other shops as well as things such as eyeglasses or medications for our ills. We just finished watching season 4 of …

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Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels

Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the first lockdown in SA for Covid. It was supposed to be for 21 days but a year later and many of us are still practicing isolation and COVID protocols where possible. I mentioned in last week's blog that our drum circle was meeting last Sunday and I …

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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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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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Peaks and Valley-entines

Last weekend was as full of highs and lows as a bipolar disorder riding a roller coaster. Even though I was prepared for the possibility that the majority of the Republicans would not have the balls to do what was right and vote to convict Trump, I was still devastated when the votes were in …

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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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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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Hillbilly Brogue

Every Christmas I create two or three children's Christmas boxes for charity but due to Covid the usual gift programs did not run this year. I understand why but it made me so sad to not be giving the gift of happiness to any little children. Then I spotted that my friend Letishia from Queen …

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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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