Season I recap: Out of the Fishbowl Codcast

With one Season of Out of the Fishbowl wrapped, i guess that kind of makes me a Podcaster. Which i have wanted to be and do for the longest time. And unless it had absolutely blown up and had a million listeners in the first week, i don't think it could have gone much better. Although finding one more person to listen to Episode I: Pineapple on Pizza, so that i can hit 300 [...]

How to discover a diverse group of friends: a Twitterer thread!

Would you say you have a group of diverse friends?  Two days ago, i shared a thread on the Twitterer that kinda exploded a little bit [in a good way!] With over 400 retweets and a whole lot of [mostly] positive engagement, it really felt like people were resonating with what was being said. So i decided to move it to a blog post as means of getting it in front of more eyes and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

On being Different and why that should be okay

Some thoughts about being different: It is okay to be different. After all, we all are.  i have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks doing a lot of self-reflection. The in-your-face realities of a deadly worldwide pandemic, my dad about to turn 80 [this Saturday], hearing of a new colleague on a board i just joined losing his life in a car accident, are all things which can make you [...]

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 [...]

Confronting Whiteness with Asanda, Hani and Megan

Anti-racism work with friends beats anti-racism work by yourself.  Since returning from America with the absolute determination to confront my own racism and try to make a difference in South Africa this work really has been a key factor in my life. And Megan Choritz has been one of my friends who has helped really shape my thinking and understanding and doing. Part of that makes a lot of sense as she has been [...]

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 [...]

What i am Reading: The Art of Possibility

i just finished reading The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander.  While a lot of the work in this book echoes the "Yes, Let's!" principles of Improv that i have been playing around with for 20 plus years, i found the principles and story-telling to be quite inspiring. This is definitely a book i would recommend. No surprise really that the short stories - and there are many of them [...]

Are you making anti-racist disciples?

Have you considered making anti-racist disciples? This is something we don't hear too much about. When we hear the term 'disciples' we might think religious context and christianity in particular. The last recorded command we have from Jesus was: 'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them... and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'  But there is definitely something in there worth paying attention to, even if you are [...]

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