Diamonds on the soles of my shoes

These are the shoes Tossie danced in when she was 5 years old. She has kept them in the box they came in over all these years. Now that she has written her book, she will be joining a small community of ecologically-minded people on a farm outside Robertson and put her dancing aside. A …

Tempus fugit – slowing down

fugit … tempus – the Roman poet Vergil (70-19 BC) writes in his Georgics – time flees or flies: Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus/singula dum capti circumvectamur amore. (Virgil, Georgics III:284-5). That time flees or flies is a commonly shared experience and a truism. Virgil however says, time flees irreparably from you while you are enamoured of …

Laingsburg – a Karoo town in distress

In the middle of the Karoo town of Laingsburg, on the main road, there is a sign indicating the height of the 1981 floodwater. Colleen recalls her emotions passing through town a few days after the flood with trees and muck flung about, gras and branches sticking out of windows. Walter read and heard about …

Guilt – where it resides

Guilt. Why in heaven’s name do you want to blog about guilt? Well, with so much “liberation” going on in the Middle East, the question of the guilt of those keeping their people in bondage can no longer be suppressed. When, one wonders, will the people of Zimbabwe rise up against their oppressors? What then …

The Desert Prince II

Night had fallen. The fires lit from the coals of the previous day had all died down except for one. Youssef checked on the guard keeping the fire alive through the night as had been their custom for generations –  a duty always assigned to one of the young initiates destined to become leaders of the …

Are oysters dumb enough for you?

“Are oysters dumb enough for you?” As a vegetarian you might arguably not eat anything with a central nervous system … then – would snails and oysters be dumb enough for you? They are, after all, living creatures. But, when it comes to Squid – who are reputed to be highly intelligent and are known …