Losing someone to Covid-19: Meet Carolyn Blunden

How do you cope with a death in this time of Covid-19? This is the first of a very painful type of story to have to share, and i am so grateful to Carolyn Blunden for being gracious enough to invite us into her story... My dad died last week, 09 January 2021 from Covid! When I looked at his last blood test results, his particulars were cited as 76, white, male but my [...]

By |2021-01-22T08:42:19+02:00Jan 22nd, 2021|stories, thorts of other people|0 Comments

Losing someone to Covid-19: Intro

How do you begin to get your head around all those who have faced death from Covid-19? As i start writing this intro to a new series, 2. 06 million people around the world have lost their lives to Covid-19, that we know of. In South Africa, the official number sits at 38 288. Each death from Covid-19 represents a family and very likely a wider community of friends, colleagues and neighbours that number [...]

By |2021-01-23T18:56:45+02:00Jan 21st, 2021|stories, world news|0 Comments

A World COVIDed and the stories that might help us make it through.

Are we a World Covided? Yesterday my blog kinda exploded a little bit [in the very best of ways]. This week had seen me share 6 different stories of people who have faced and survived Covid-19. They all had decent engagement, but nothing special. Until story number 5: Enter Nicola Date, stage left. On the first day of her story it had just over 500 views, which is a good post on my blog. [...]

Surviving Covid [twice]: Meet Nicola Date

i am super grateful to my friend Nicola Date for sharing her story here. The first line of it is devastating enough, but i also know there was a cost to writing this piece for Nicola - physically, emotionally - she has really gone above and beyond to produce this account while still in the throes of a disease that is not done with her. Thank you, friend. i hope this story will inspire [...]

By |2021-01-23T10:01:41+02:00Jan 8th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|4 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet Eve, a teacher who had covid

Another glimpse into the life of someone who has had Covid-19 and is on the mend. This time an email from an old friend of mine who is a teacher who had covid and asked to remain anonymous. i find that with each new story i am learning not only about the disease and how it seems to work differently in different people, but also about some of the wider issues [What do you [...]

By |2021-01-08T09:03:29+02:00Jan 6th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet K

Today's story is from another friend of mine on social media who asked to remain anonymous and so i am going to call her K [not her real initial!] My husband is a physio at Groote Schuur hospital.  He's been working in covid wards and with covid patients for 7 or 8 months now. His department were really careful from March already with social distancing, changing clothes before going home and lots of deep [...]

By |2021-01-04T07:37:01+02:00Jan 4th, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Surviving Covid: Meet David O’Sullivan

How are we all doing at Surviving Covid-19? Time to hear some stories... i asked my friends on social media who have had covid if any of them would be up to sharing some of their story to give us a glimpse into what it means to live with the disease, and what life has been like once it has gone. i am super grateful to all those who said yes - some of [...]

Surviving Covid: Intro

How are we all doing at Surviving Covid? 2020 will be remembered as the year of the Pandemic where we all became all too familiar with the terms 'coronavirus' and more particularly 'Covid-19'! But why is this disease which many have compared to the flu and which only has about a 2 percent fatality rate worth giving so much attention to? Is it not possible that we have fallen for conspiracy theories based on [...]

By |2021-01-08T08:59:50+02:00Jan 1st, 2021|stories, thorts of other people, world news|0 Comments

Poem: Words from Different Mouths

i wrote a poem this morning considering how the same words coming out of different mouths can mean a variety of things. Different worlds, even.             [For another poem i wrote a while back on 'Whiteness' click here]

re: Move One Million

The Move One Million Facebook group has organised a nationwide march today, on the 5th of September 2020. Why is the 2020 significant, you may ask? Well, South Africa and the world happens to be in the throes of a global pandemic that to date has killed more than eight hundred thousand people [including fourteen thousand in South Africa]. That alone should be cause for concern. But tuning in to watch a maskless Move [...]

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