Teaching during a pandemic: An Open Letter to Cyril Ramaphosa

What is it like to be teaching during a pandemic? As we close in on a year-and-a-half of what has been a world-shaking pandemic, everyone has paid a cost. Whether it has been personal or in your community, financial or mental-health related, no-one has escaped. But some have definitely paid more than others. A teacher friend asked if they could use this space to share some of their thoughts and feelings and experiences as [...]

Seeking character in a broken fridge magnet

How do you grow or lose character? It took two moments on our recent Kruger trip to find out. Character and integrity are often found and lost in what may seem to be the small moments. Breaking Point It was the last night of our recent trip to the Kruger National Animal Park. We had decided that we would enjoy our final meal at the restaurant so we didn't have to bother with making [...]

By |2021-03-01T08:54:13+02:00Mar 1st, 2021|Justice issues, reflections|5 Comments

Vaccines: Friend or Chip?

My friend Ciandri, from the Twitterer, agreed to write a little something on vaccines for people like me who don't know all that much when it comes to that. My name is Ciandri Zinserling, but please call me Cici (unless you're a home affairs official or my angry mother). I graduated with a Bsc. in Genetics and Microbiology from the University of the Witwatersrand. I enjoy learning new things through books, travel and people. [...]

Forget potatoes, i want Faith like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

This week i was super inspired and encouraged by a clip of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez i don't like to put people on pedestals. People will always let you down. For me, the only person i ever raise as the standard is Jesus Christ. And as much as my faith and religion have taken a bit of a beating these past few years [ironically as i started focusing more on matter of Justice and particularly race] [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:15:57+02:00Oct 14th, 2020|God stuff, inspire-ations, Justice, Justice issues|0 Comments

It’s time to hold [y]our leaders to account!

The appearance of diversity means close to nothing if the voices at the mic, those making the decisions and the hands at the money bag continue to be white. i have just seen another Conference line-up for a national denominational conference in South Africa in 2020 where out of five speakers, one of them is black and i believe he is the only one from South Africa. In a country where white people make [...]

What are you feeding your eyes?

i wonder what words and images you feed your eyes every day? The very best of presence A few years ago my sister-in-law Ro gave me one of the best Christmas presents ever. A selection of beautifully framed quotes on different aspects of Justice. These quotes live on the walls of my Man Cave* which means that most days when i sit in my Man Cave i am reading quotes such as these: [*Not [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:20:01+02:00Sep 14th, 2020|inspire-ations, Justice, Justice issues|0 Comments

Poem: Assumptions

A black man and a white man Step into a room together And ever so carefully Peel off their skin Folding it neatly Over the back of a chair Before taking a seat Directly across the table from one other Staring deeply into the other's soul A blood sample is taken from both men Two vials of the deepest red Placed on the table in front of them Followed shortly by a set of [...]

Poem: Words from Different Mouths

i wrote a poem this morning considering how the same words coming out of different mouths can mean a variety of things. Different worlds, even.             [For another poem i wrote a while back on 'Whiteness' click here]

Social Media Shoutout: Meet MJay aka Merlize Jogiat

i was introduced to Merlize by my good friend Terence Mentor aka Afrodaddy, who, if you are not following, you should sort that out here. i started following her on Instagram after Afrodaddy and i had done an evening podcast about inclusion. anti-racism and blogging and quickly got to see that Merlize is someone that speaks out about injustice. Which, as you know, makes me really happy. So i asked her if she would [...]

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