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 [...]

i upped my argument… up yours!

Is it possible to argue with someone without attacking them as a person? This morning's case in point [on the Twitterer] followed the traditional rules: Person one responded to the president's announcement that prisoners would receive the vaccine before regular citizens with shock. Person two responded by humanising prisoners and introducing some context about their living conditions and need for the vaccine. Person one responded with a generalisation of 'stealing and murdering' prisoners vs [...]

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. [...]

Storming the Capitol: a story in tweets

As we were getting ready for bed last night i was taking a look at the Twitterer and saw what was going down at the Capitol in America as white supremacists stormed the building where Congress was validating the election results. We spent the next hour or so glued to our phones as we tried to make sense of the chaos that was happening over there. i have some thoughts and opinions, but for me [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:02:07+02:00Jan 7th, 2021|Justice, what i am watching, world news|0 Comments

GUEST POST: Contradiction in the White Church’s Approach to Unity in Diversity

How are things looking with regards to church diversity in South Africa? Meet Ben Ker, who has some thoughts around the church and their approach to unity in diversity. i am letting him use my space today to share some of those with you and he would love some engagement around them so please consider sharing some feedback: The Context In recent decades there has been a strong reaction against apartheid ideology in white [...]

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 [...]

Political Correctness – Have we gone too far? Or not far enough?

What are your thoughts when it comes to Political Correctness? Seriously though, before you read on, take a few moments to answer that question. i doubt this is something many people need to think long about because people tend towards the extremes on this one. "It is out of control" vs "We could be doing so much better." What does Political Correctness mean? To you? When you hear the term, what immediately comes to [...]

How to pick leaders with bruised or scabby knees

This has been a week of observing leaders fighting it out in the US elections. All eyes were on America to see if the people would choose Unity over Divisiveness and Humanity over Malignant and Destructive Narcissism [SPOILER ALERT: Over 70 million people still voted for Donald Trump!] while lamenting the fact that in a country of more than 3 hundred million people the choice came down to one of these two flawed individuals. [...]

Facilitating brave spaces

Where are the Brave Spaces? For a long time, i have spoken about creating 'Safe Spaces' for conversation. But someone said something this past weekend that has caused me to shift my thinking on that. Because surely what we need are Brave Spaces where people will come and engage deeply and leave changed. The idea of a Safe Space is one where you can be vulnerable and honest and feel free to share yourself [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:14:16+02:00Nov 2nd, 2020|inspire-ations, Justice, stories|0 Comments

Sharing is Blaring.

Yes, yes, i know what you're thinking - "Sharing is CARING, Brett!" - and that's true. Teaching kids to share can be one of the greatest lessons we can give them - actually teaching adults to share would be an amazing accomplishment and sort out many of the world's problems. But i want to suggest a new way of thinking about this, especially when it comes to the internet. Sharing is Blaring. Blare: to [...]

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