This good ever came out of Lavender Hill…

i have written before about my journey with Lavender Hill High School via the Partners for Possibility programme. Well, yesterday i was given the huge honour and responsibility of being the guest speaker at the Matric Valedictory Ceremony at Lavender Hill High School. The whole experience was mind-blowing, inspiring and completely uplifting. So i thought it would be good to share the speech i gave in the hopes that we can continue that story-shifting. [...]

By |2021-10-22T08:28:01+02:00Oct 22nd, 2021|inspire-ations, Justice, South Africa|0 Comments

Take a moment to smell the Lavender

i was privileged enough to get to visit Lavender Hill High School three times last week. Now i imagine that sentence will make some people curious. Heading into Lavender Hill is not something that most people might connect to the idea of privilege. But i will wager that those people have never pulled up at the gates and been welcomed to: The Best School in the Western Cape. Is it the best school in [...]

Out of the Fishbowl Episode II: Diverse vs Divers

You clearly have not been following me on social media if you haven't yet heard that i have a Podcast. And that Episode II dropped this week. It is called Out of the Fishbowl and it is two episodes in with Episode III titled 'You can't handle the Truth' dropping this coming Monday at 10am, South African. Out of the Fishbowl Episode I, if you somehow missed it, is titled 'Pineapple on Pizza' and you [...]

By |2021-08-06T11:27:44+02:00Aug 6th, 2021|inspire-ations, Justice, Podcast|0 Comments

A Tale of Two Jab!

Is it time for your next jab? i am going to donate blood this morning with my mate Charlton! This will be the first time i remember that i let two people stab me within 3 days of each other. But i can highly recommend it. i Vaccine what i did there The first time i got jabbed was on Friday in what must have been one of the longest possible waits for a [...]

Are you listening?

Are you a good listener or a committed speaker?  Take a few moments to think back to the last three proper meaty conversations you had with friends or family. If someone had been holding down a timer every time you spoke and releasing it every time you listened, which would be the bigger number? Take a moment to imagine if the people you have last spoken to were asked that same question. How might [...]

Belated Word/Phrase for the Year 2021

My word for 2021 is Curiosity! Every year i pick a word or phrase for the year.  Looking back to 2019 i can see that my word for that year was Stewardship and as i read through the list of attached goals and hopes i can see that most of them were achieved. But then we entered 2020... i remember last year tbV and i were nearing the end of our two month trip [...]

The Little Garden That Could: Revisited

Ready for an update on the Community Garden that continues to grow and thrive? It has been 10 days since i shared the story about The Little Garden That Could. That feels way too recent to be writing any more about it. And yet so much has happened. If you are following me on Instagram, you will know that i have already made five different posts about the garden, which is a lot in [...]

The Little Garden That Could

How does one go about creating Eden? Especially when the story starts something like: Once upon a time there was a wasteland, a dry and barren verge of ugliness in a small corner of Diep River. Well, the first step is to have a dream and my wife Valerie [aka tbV or The Beautiful Val, to me!] and i had been wanting to do something creative and gardeny in our community since we moved [...]

A World COVIDed and the stories that might help us make it through.

Are we a World Covided? Yesterday my blog kinda exploded a little bit [in the very best of ways]. This week had seen me share 6 different stories of people who have faced and survived Covid-19. They all had decent engagement, but nothing special. Until story number 5: Enter Nicola Date, stage left. On the first day of her story it had just over 500 views, which is a good post on my blog. [...]

My Octopus Whiteness Teacher: Megan Choritz

As i reflect back on what has been the most bizarre year for the world in my lifetime, one person's name pops up a lot more than most: Megan Furniss Choritz.  We have been friends since 1999 - well, that's the year we met and i stepped into her Improv world and so friends probably happened a year or two later. Especially as one of my final moves before leaving for an 18-month journey [...]

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