You don’t have to agree to listen.

What does it mean when i suggest we need to Listen to Understand? Many of us are slow to listen but very quick to speak. This feels like a particular obstacle for white people who are used to having the mic and having our voices heard. Additionally, this feels like a problem for men who are used to having a dominant respected voice. So when you're a white man, like i am, you know [...]


How much of your life is spent on things that matter? i was on a call with my fellow Heartlines staff members this week and we were doing a bit of a check-in based on a question Seth Naicker had asked. The question related to Youth Day and the Sharpville uprising in 1976 which helped trigger events leading towards the eventual official end of apartheid in South Africa. i was 2 at the time [...]

By |2021-01-24T08:39:29+02:00Jun 18th, 2020|change the world, inspire-ations, Justice, life|2 Comments

How to turn a zombie flick into an award-winning short film called ‘Alone’ [True Story!]

Are you ready for the experience of 'Alone'? It seems like quite a ridiculous question to be asking in South Africa in May, 2020, right? But, if i may have your attention for just a few minutes, i would love to tell you about this gem of a short film i was invited to watch and talk about. In the process, you may even find that you will give yourself the opportunity to be [...]

An Easter Communion reflection: Do this in remembrance of me…

A communion reflection for you at this very unique time for us all... The original communion moment took place within the context of a feast... a meal between a teacher and his students who became close friends [well, most of them]... ...and i want to call us to this today. With the focus on what is happening with the homeless in Strandfontein, plus our own lockdown context, plus trying to stay connected to family [...]

By |2021-01-22T12:14:51+02:00Apr 11th, 2020|bible things, inspire-ations, Justice issues|4 Comments

The Good[est] Friday

Tomorrow is Good Friday, for those of us who observe that. Or at least i think it is. Last week i misread my google calendar and announced it was Easter last weekend but then my friends and family quickly bought me another week. It's been really hard to stay up to date with days during lockdown. But i think we are on a Thursday. i had some thoughts about Good Friday last night and [...]

By |2020-04-09T11:58:16+02:00Apr 9th, 2020|inspire-ations|0 Comments

The Good, The Corona and the Pandemic

So how is your pandemic going? i thought it might be helpful for a bit of healthy perspective. Meet my friend Uel Maree [some of you may know him from this piece i ran a long while ago [which exploded on here - go and check it out!] Uel is consistently one of the most upbeat, hope-filled, compassionate people i know and every interaction with him somehow leaves me feeling better about myself and [...]

Tips on surviving the corona virus lockdown

These are some ideas i have about surviving the first three days of hometivity! And just like that, South Africa was in lockdown. Today is Friday, and my advice for the first three days is quite simple. Let today be a day of slowing down - it's likely been a bit of a hectic week with rushing around and trying to get everything ready for the next few weeks. Be gentle with yourself and [...]

By |2020-03-27T06:26:29+02:00Mar 27th, 2020|inspire-ations, pain and Hope, South Africa|0 Comments

Corona character check-in

Time for a bit of a character check-in, friends. If you are planning or scheming ways in which you can 'get around' the lockdown enforcement happening for the next three weeks [albeit for jogging or dogs or secretly meeting up with your girlfriend when you go buy your food at the same store] then you are clearly not understanding the reason for it. Please stand in front of the mirror and ask yourself some [...]

By |2020-03-26T17:33:38+02:00Mar 26th, 2020|inspire-ations|0 Comments

Even more ideas for parents during lockdown times

In South Africa, the lockdown is T minus two days... Parents of young children have a long twenty-one days ahead of them. Although around the world there are many places where children are at home and many adults are at home and so coming up with ideas becomes a challenge. Fortunately we got you covered. The past few days i have collected A LOT of ideas of different things for children and families to [...]

By |2020-03-24T16:33:15+02:00Mar 24th, 2020|activities, inspire-ations, local news|0 Comments

A huge list of Ideas for Children to help you survive slash thrive these corona virus times

Ideas for children probably get exhausted quickly during these corona virus times we are all facing!  Corona virus times are trying times for us all. But having watched a video of a child completely covered in margarine and a video of another child absolutely covered in white paint having spread it through the house, i am guessing this might be trickier for parents. i have already written a blog post looking at five things [...]

By |2021-06-03T15:13:12+02:00Mar 23rd, 2020|family, inspire-ations, thorts of other people|0 Comments
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