Taboo Topics: Living with HIV/Aids – Meet Ashley Brownlee

My name is Ashley Brownlee. I have been living in the Klein Karoo for over a decade now, and have found a great deal of peace amongst the big horizons and in the arms of the Milky Way. There was a time though, and it’s a difficult time to talk about, when life was not so filled with any kind of future. I hope that my story will inspire you to choose life. I contracted [...]

By |2018-10-03T09:53:25+00:00October 3rd, 2018|stories, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|9 Comments

Taboo Topics: Living with HIV/Aids – Meet Cindy Pivacic

Why do we have a fear of discussing topics that should not be swept aside? Is it because we are scared someone will think we have ‘that disease’? Or....are we are not sufficiently informed, (not even a little bit) and don’t want to be perceived to be ignorant? Whatever your reason, it is in your family, friends, associates and colleagues best interest to talk about these ‘unmentionable’ matters as it can enlighten and prevent incorrect [...]

By |2018-10-03T10:17:20+00:00October 2nd, 2018|stories, Taboo Topics|1 Comment

Taboo Topics: Living with HIV/Aids – Intro

Sho, when it comes to Taboo Topics, Living with HIV/Aids is one of those that has actually been taboo as opposed to simply rarely spoken about. While it doesn't carry the same kind of shame and weight as it used to in the early days when a lot of misinformation was around, it is still something we rarely hear about, which is why i thought it was important to address it. Statistics South Africa had [...]

By |2018-10-03T18:23:58+00:00October 1st, 2018|stories, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|0 Comments

Around the Fire with Siphokazi Jonas

The Multi-Talented Siphokazi Jonas is about to return to Artscape with her hit show 'Around The Fire'. i was fortunate enough to be given the chance to ask her a couple of questions about the production but first let me allow her to set the scene: = = = = = = = = = = 'Following the success of her Wrestling With Dawn production, in late 2015, and 2016’s sold-out masterpiece, Around The Fire, [...]

By |2018-08-01T08:41:32+00:00August 1st, 2018|Shows & Things, South Africa, stories|0 Comments

A few good [South] African books… for children

After asking for a selection of recommended books to read about or by South Africans, my sister-in-law asked me if i could do the same thing for children. Which i did. And wow, did you all respond... i'm not sure all of these fit into the South African/African ask but a lot of them do and this just seems to be a list of super amazing books for young ones: Megan Furniss: Good Night Stories [...]

Americanah – some more thoughts

The last book i read was the incredible Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which i shared some thoughts about over here, but there were a couple more passages that really stood out to me when i read the book and so here they are. This first extract is another blog post by the main character, Ifemelu: What Academics Mean by White Privilege, or Yes It Sucks to Be Poor and White but Try Being Poor [...]

Inferiority complex in studies: Guest post by Zukisani Zamela

i love this brief story by my friend Zukisani which shows that despite the uneven playing field that so many people start on, it is possible to succeed... but at the same time reminding us that we would do better to be leveling out the playing field as much as possible: The year is 2005 and I was a freshman at UCT. Registered to do Electrical and Computer Engineering. In fact let's back it up [...]

By |2016-06-03T12:24:58+00:00May 31st, 2016|South Africa, stories, thorts of other people|3 Comments

Taboo Topics: Transracial Adoption – Meet Adin and Rita Walls

Adin and Rita with the beautiful Alou This blog post is based on a status update I made recently on Facebook. I have adapted it for this blog. Thanks, Brett, for giving me a place to share my voice on this topic. Over the years I have been quite active with blogging, sharing my colourful thoughts about everything from the opening act at the U2 concert to my opinion on Apple vs Android. [...]

By |2015-11-18T10:00:09+00:00November 18th, 2015|family, inspire-ations, stories, Taboo Topics|11 Comments

Tandem Post: Boundaries

Boundaries Emma was dead. I mean, she got that, she really did. Although to be fair, it had taken her quite a while. But, in her defense, this was completely different to anything she had experienced before, and so recognising it was perhaps not such an obvious connection. What was so distinct about her present state, 'Was this a state? A condition perhaps? Or do you have to be alive to be in any form [...]

Tandem Post: 37 Million Light Years

37 Million Light Years It arrived on the screen as a message of hope: "37 Million Light Years" The number seemed so ridiculously large that Corporal-Sergeant Janet Witherspoon wondered how it had ever been cause for concern in the first place. How does an exploratory spacecraft fitted out with all the latest technology still somehow manage to mess up so badly? 'Human error', she thought to herself. Living in a futuristic society beyond anything most people [...]