Leading Women of Africa: Meet Eve Thompson

A friend of mine connected me to Eve Thompson, who, among other things, is the author of the book 'Leading Women of Africa'. When i heard how the book had come about, due to a lack of black women being mentioned in educational materials, i was very excited to connect with Eve and hear a little more of her story and she has graciously shared it here... Leading Women of Africa Hi.  My [...]

Book review of sorts: Community by Peter Block

i have just [finally] finished reading 'Community' by Peter Block.  It has taken me a while - and i did sneak in a three-day reading of Neil Gaiman's 'Anansi Boys' just as something a little quicker and lighter - but it was overall a good and thoroughly challenging read and i feel like it has inspired me to think differently about a number of things. The book 'Community' is included in the pack of [...]

By |2021-04-27T15:30:23+02:00April 27th, 2021|thorts of other people, what i am reading|0 Comments

What i am reading: Community by Peter Block

i am busy reading the book Community - The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block. It is very similar to The Art of Possibility which i read recently and shared some thoughts from over here - by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander - in theme at least, but it is a little more of a dense book, requiring multiple rereadings of paragraphs and sections. But i am enjoying it. Particularly the invitation to [...]

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 [...]

Book Review: I’m still here by Austin Channing Brown

i have just started reading - and almost finished - Austin Channing Brown's 'I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness'.  i highly recommend it. While 'White Fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism' by Robin DiAngelo was super helpful hearing ideas, challenges and analogies from a white woman, so 'I'm Still Here' has been profoundly challenging and helpful, hearing the story from the perspective of [...]

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a book review, of sorts

i have wanted to read some Martin Luther King, Jr. for the longest time. So when tbV gave me 'The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborn Carson' as part of our Christmas book exchange i was super stoked. My serious journey towards becoming conscientised [an ongoing work, by the way] began largely in America when i lived there for three years and i saw [and still see] so much overlap between the [...]

Melusi’s Everyday Zulu: a book review of sorts

i have just finished reading Melusi Tshabalala's 'Melusi's Everyday Zulu' which was one of the books my wife gave me for Christmas. It is funny, it is irreverent in places, it is jaw-drop-he-didn't-just-say-that in others, it is inspiring and challenging in terms of understanding South Africa and South Africans and mostly it is educational and just a really fun read. Get yourself a copy. From the back cover: Six days a week, Melusi Tshabalala, [...]

Tales of White Fragility

i have just started reading Robin DiAngelo's 'White Fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism' and am already in love. You should basically just go and buy the book. [Got it for R200 on Loot] It is that good. Am only part way in and already feels like such a game changer both in terms of the language it uses [and some helpful analogy already] and the ways in [...]

By |2018-11-13T00:34:30+02:00November 2nd, 2018|race vibes, things to wrestle with, what i am reading|3 Comments

A new Brand of Recovery – some more thoughts

In case you missed it, i am still busy reading Russell Brand, his latest book: Recovery - Freedom from our Addictions. i shared some passages from the early part of the book over here and wanted to give you a little more of a glimpse to encourage you to get your hands on it. Russell is busy working through the Twelve Step Plan to overcoming addiction and giving his own personal spin and journey to [...]

Building bridges, digging holes

Just started reading a new chapter in Ron Sider’s ‘Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger’ and this parable it begins with is such a brilliant example of the need for Christ followers to be involved in structural change that i wanted to jump on and share it before i read any further: […]

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