Taboo Topics2018-11-02T11:11:30+00:00


Taboo Topics is a series dedicated to sharing stories from real live people [mostly who i know] on real life issues, situations or experiences that are seldom spoken about for various reasons. So far the topics that have been addressed [with links to all the stories] are the following:





Dealing with the Grief of losing Someone you Love

Eating Disorders

Fostering a Child


Living with Disabilities/Special Needs

Losing a Baby

Marriage [when it’s not been easy]

Mental Health

Parents of Young Children [where it hasn’t all been easy and fun and struggle free]

Pornography and Masturbation

Sex in Marriage



I hope these will be of encouragement to you and to friends and family who you know who have been through similar things – please feel free to share the stories or send links to people who you think might appreciate them.

love brett “fish” []

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

By |October 3rd, 2018|Categories: stories, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Taboo Topics: Living with Bipolar 2 – meet Claudia Klaase

By |October 23rd, 2017|Categories: inspire-ations, pain and Hope, Taboo Topics, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

My friend Claudia bravely shares some of her journey with Bipolar2: 15 is far too young to decide to stand on a railway track and end it all. But if you felt like the world [...]

Taboo Topics: Parents of young children – Meet Geraldine Walsh

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: family, pain and Hope, Taboo Topics, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , |

i am so grateful to my friend Geraldine Walsh, who recently joined the @AFrikkinHashtag Hashtagging team on Twittter for sharing such a vulnerable story about her time as a new mom as well as [...]

Taboo Topic: Mental Illness [schizophrenia] – meet Hilary Mushambi (nee Peer)

By |May 3rd, 2017|Categories: pain and Hope, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

i am so super grateful for another brave person sharing a story that deals with mental illness as i imagine this has to be something that makes you feel cut off from society at large, [...]

Taboo Topic: Mental Illness – the tattoo

By |April 28th, 2017|Categories: Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , , |

This post is from a good friend of mine who asked to remain anonymous. It is such a powerful glimpse into the behind-the-scenes struggles of someone struggling with mental illness and really gave me a [...]

Taboo Topic: Living with Special Needs – meet Sarah, mother of Keller [Autism]

By |January 31st, 2017|Categories: family, inspire-ations, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

When we moved to South Africa seven years ago, being an American family and transplanting ourselves into the middle of a new country, new culture, and living in a township community, we knew there would [...]

Taboo Topics: Singleness – Meet Simangele Mabena

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: relationships, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

Things started changing when I was in Montreal in 2012. I distinctly remember walking along the beautiful historic buildings enjoying the sunshine when I heard a voice, “You can’t do this anymore”. Do what? I [...]

Taboo Topic: Living with Special Needs – meet Karen, mother of Tim [Aspergers Syndrome]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: family, inspire-ations, Taboo Topics, thorts of other people|Tags: , |

So I offered to write something for Brett about parenting a child with Aspergers, and I immediately went blank. What do I know? Sure, Tim, my son is nearly 16, and he has Aspergers. But [...]