A New Normal for 2018

i have an invitation for you... Much like i've started speaking about Christmas a little early so that we can be intentional about putting plans and traditions into effect before the fact, i want to take a look at this whole going into the New Year thing. i've never been a huge fan of the whole New Year's Resolutions' vibe, because my understanding of how they work is that you make a bunch of promises [...]

By | 2017-11-07T09:02:34+00:00 November 7th, 2017|activities, Food and foodlike things, inspire-ations, life|1 Comment

It was Brett Fish in the Study with the Theological Text Book

Monday mid morning i received a whatsapp message from my wife, tbV: How quickly can you make it to Wynberg by train? The answer, as it turned out, was pretty quickly... within forty five minutes she was picking me up and dropping me at The Warehouse where she offices. Within about another thirty, lunch break was over and i found myself studying as part of the LUT group. i'm not gonna lie, i just had to [...]

By | 2017-05-24T06:55:19+00:00 May 24th, 2017|activities, inspire-ations, life|3 Comments

A little bit of a rANT

World, i need help. i've tried to be strong about this and persevere and last them out, but i think they are starting to win. i'm talking about ants, the ones currently taking over my life. Three days ago, Jaden Smith [son of Will 'Fresh Prince' Smith] took over the internet with a viral video in which he shares some mind-blowing [to him] facts with Vanity Fair that had shaken up his whole life, including [...]

By | 2017-03-06T09:45:27+00:00 March 6th, 2017|challenges, life, tricky things|2 Comments

the Entitlement factor

EXHIBIT A i was driving to go and pick up my new temporary phone yesterday. And it happened. Far left lane backed up with people heading to town. Middle lane flowing fairly quickly and i was in the right lane as i was heading straight to Salt River. Two cars zooming along middle lane and at last second indicate left and push in to backed up traffic. Because entitlement. Something is saying to those two [...]

By | 2017-02-24T09:00:56+00:00 February 24th, 2017|life, shtupidt people|2 Comments

A Series of Un-phoned-tunate Events

So i had my phone stolen out of my hand at a red traffic light yesterday. Not my finest moment and followed by a combination of feelings of sad and angry and maybe embarrassed. But there are a billion worse things happening to a billion other people [like Nick who just had his house robbed and a whole lot of expensive video equipment stolen, or my mate Napoleon who it seems has been wrongfully arrested and [...]

By | 2017-02-22T08:38:31+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|life|4 Comments

What are you living for?

Is it too early in the week to get a little existential? i'm sitting at my computer this morning trying to get my head around the idea that some people - many people - live life purely for themselves. i don't get that. Not because i'm the biggest saint that ever lived or close to it. But simply because i cannot imagine a life that doesn't take others into account. It was definitely modelled well [...]

By | 2017-02-06T09:35:47+00:00 February 6th, 2017|inspire-ations, life|0 Comments

Do you speak life? And have it spoken to you?

"You can be anything you want to be!" is a lie some parents tell their children. Take a member of the Proteas cricket team for example. There are 11 players on a team. So the moment the 12th enthusiastic parent tells their child, "You can be a member of the Proteas cricket team if you want to be", something has gone wrong, unless they quickly add, "as twelfth man, serving them drinks". Because some things [...]

By | 2017-01-24T11:31:32+00:00 January 24th, 2017|inspire-ations, life, the beautiful Val (tbV)|0 Comments

Here’s to a much improved 2017!

2017 is just around the corner... A lot of people agree that 2016 wasn't a super great year... David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Ronnie Corbett, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Kenny Baker [R2D2], Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn, Andrew Sachs [Manuel from Fawlty Towers], John Glenn, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael. Those are just some of the names of famous people we know who died this year and maybe this felt [...]

By | 2016-12-27T11:26:58+00:00 December 27th, 2016|activities, adventures, and other animals., inspire-ations, life|1 Comment

My Work: What do you do, exactly?

i get asked that question a lot. i won't say i dread it as much as i consistently seem to find myself coming up with creative ways of answering it. So depending when you ask me, "What do you do?" you might get a varied or improvisationalised answer. The current response is 'Freelance writer'. For an online magazine called 1Africa and you can find articles i have written for them over here [Moving beyond superficial [...]

By | 2016-11-28T13:57:47+00:00 November 28th, 2016|activities, life|0 Comments

Ten Questions

[1] Is there something i can learn today from someone else? [2] When i stand in front of the mirror and reflect on the person i am in this moment, is there something obvious that needs to change? [3] Who are the people in my life i can ask about those things that might be more subtle in who i am right now that could perhaps use some attention and work to help make me [...]

By | 2016-07-21T11:38:24+00:00 July 21st, 2016|inspire-ations, life, things to wrestle with|3 Comments