Three Butterflies

I've always felt that I receive communications from my grandmother via things with wings. This week I had three unusual interactions with butterflies. On Thursday I was working at my desk and a butterfly flew into the lounge and hovered by my desk then turned and flew back out. When I was telling Norman this …

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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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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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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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Leaving it Alone

All of my Facebook memories coming up from this time of year are of Norm and I with my Mom so it is a bit odd to be celebrating the holidays at home on our own. It was lovely having Lily here for a few days and Caitlin here for a few hours last weekend. …

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Second Verse, Worse than the First

The week started off with President Ramaphosa addressing the nation on Monday evening. He confirmed that SA is now entering into a second covid wave. He has declared the Garden Route and Sarah Baartman District both hotspots which means they are subject to various restrictions. He also declared a few national restrictions, for example, gatherings …

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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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Shaky Grounds

The drama with the transition of power in the US drags on. Trump has stated that he will not concede and even that he plans to remain for a second term. Trump and his mercenary henchman Giuliani continue to spin a fantastical conspiracy that only their followers are buying into. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00TxRpa2_Cc It is an embarrassment …

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