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Why I’m Not Marching (And What I’m Doing Instead)

All week, I’ve seen event suggestions pop up in my Facebook feed: a march here, a protest there. All with one message: Zuma must go. I’ve thought about attending one of them. One has just been arranged in my town – a march from a local park to the library. There’s an almost palpable sense …

A South African Christmas

Christmas in South Africa is smack-bang in the middle of summer, so the usual depictions of reindeer and snowmen have always been a bit odd to me. That doesn’t mean our Christmas décor isn’t made up of reindeer and snowmen, of course. When I signed up to blog about a South African Christmas, I wasn’t …

That Time We Moved House – And Then Got Burgled

This is not the “We Bought A House” post I had planned to write. That post was going to be about endless packing, and househunting headaches, my plans for a veggie garden, and why moving when pregnant is not such a brilliant idea. Maybe I will still get around to writing that post, but not …

Right Place, Right Time

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I would have liked to be a medieval princess in a castle – but not bathing, washing my hair or shaving frequently, never mind the absence of modern plumbing, electricity or libraries – makes me admit I would not have coped very well. And it’s …

So Much More {Let Your Light Shine}

Last week I took a break from Blogland. I didn’t write any blog posts, I didn’t read any blogs, I didn’t visit Pinterest – and it was good. I hadn’t realised how much I’d needed the break until I took it. I’ve blogged a lot over the previous few weeks and I must confess I …

We’re Not Going Anywhere

When I was in high school, my parents were considering emigrating to Australia. They filled in all the forms, took us for medical check-ups and blood tests, but in the end we didn’t go. I can’t remember why not, only that I was glad. I had protested every step of the process, even insisting that …

A Prayer For My Country

I wasn’t going to write about the latest horrific wave of xenophobic violence happening in South Africa. I didn’t want to add my outrage to everyone else’s, because I don’t think getting worked up helps at all. It’s easy to get caught up in the negativity and helplessness, especially if you’re active on social media. …

Tell Me Who I Am

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In my two-and-a-half years living in Asia, I met a lot of people who couldn’t believe that I was South African. Some thought I hadn’t quite mastered the language and repeated the question. Others refused point blank to accept it, even when I showed them my passport. “Where were you born?” they asked, followed by, …

“Mommy, what’s hijacking?”

  We don’t watch a lot of TV in our house, but I usually have it on in the mornings. I want to watch the weather report (so I can dress my children appropriately), it’s an easy way to keep track of the time, and it’s the only time I get to watch the news …

Choose This Day

My eldest daughter likes to know in advance what the day’s activities will be. I think it makes her feel more secure if she knows what to expect. Every night at bedtime, she asks me, “What are we doing tomorrow, Mommy?” Most days are the same: school, home, a craft in the afternoon. Even if …