Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

As many readers may be unaware, I am still a student this year. After finishing the postgrad diploma in journalism at Rhodes University last year, I remained to pursue an MA in Media Studies through a part coursework/part dissertation program. The dissertation is meant to start in the third quarter of this year, but I   Read More …

It’s late, and I’m tired, and I can’t get back to sleep. So I am up and writing again. Sifting through thoughts that come in the nights, when the day and all of its distractions have passed.  I’m back in South Africa again. At last. I arrived somewhere around 04h30, having said goodbye to Katherine   Read More …

Categories: Africa, Reflections, Travel, Uganda

‘Today is gonna be the day…” A sign slicing by reports only four hundred kilometres until Johannesburg, before being lost behind me. Lost in the dead flat Free State fields. I’m not checking the mirror today. There’s enough behind me.

Hi Richard I am you, five years from where you are now. You are about to travel to Asia for the first time – to Malaysia. I know you are excited and have absolutely no idea what you will encounter there. But know that it will be the start of a way of thinking that   Read More …

Categories: Reflections, Travel

The flame trees outside the Dar es Salaam train station are some of the most beautiful plants i’ve seen in days – more so as their orange flowers lick the deep blue of the sky, cloudless. It’s hardly fitting that here, in this loud and beautiful contrast of colours, our family must come to an   Read More …

Eileen from bearshapedsphere is busy a-mustering horrid-yet funny (i.e. you survived intact – mostly) stories from the far reaches of blogzakstan. Ranging from being caught in the middle of a taxi-war (a more gentle, non-South African version of one, thank god) to the epic search for the 99 bus here. So if you have a   Read More …

Categories: Reflections, Travel

I am an English South African. Henceforth called an ESA to save my poor little typing fingers (which is most of them) This means that somewhere along the line, my parents’ parents’ parents were dropped off, most likely in Cape Town, by the ships of the British Empire back in the day when Africa in   Read More …

Categories: Reflections

It’s not my quote – that one comes from Fight Club, so you will have to give Chuck Palahniuk credit for so eloquently expressing angst with our short time in the world.  It’s a quote that has stuck with me since I watched the movie again recently (and then felt the need to rant briefly   Read More …

Categories: Reflections

I’m not taken too often to publishing sappy writing on this blog, and am even less prone to posting simply to show a link. But some stories are too beautiful not to be told, and pushed upon you, the reader. For the girl from Portugal I met for exactly one night and spent years learning   Read More …

Categories: Reflections

I’ve always loved that image, from Alice in Wonderland, of the rabbithole that goes on and on.  Far beyond where a rabbithole should really go, until you find yourself in a place that no rabbithole should contain.  If you pick the right rabbitholes, the whole enterprise can be rather rewarding.

Categories: Reflections, Travel

I’ve met God across his long walnut desk with his diplomas hanging on the wall behind him, and God asks me, “Why?”  Why did I cause so much pain?  Didn’t I realize that each of us is a sacred, unique snowflake of special unique specialness?  Can’t I see how we’re all manifestations of love?  I   Read More …

Categories: Reflections

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