The Good, the not so Good and the …

                      Our wish list for 2015, jotted down and in no particular order, is very short: Staying in touch with family and friends and meeting personal challenges with courage and integrity. What more, really, can one do or wish for. The debate about global warming …

Mutually beneficial communities

Our children are questioning the wisdom not so much of our institutions but of our ways of living together as human beings on planet earth. We live, they say, wastefully and could share with each other so much more of our talents. How true is that and how so very naïve. Much of what we …

Views of Betty’s Bay

There are many aspects of life in Betty’s Bay, which are worthwhile exploring. Looking across the fence, there is an artist’s studio and next to him a chef, former owner of the then only worthwhile restaurant in the immediate area, now a full time chocolatier; next to us a couple retired as we are, she …

Dreaming

Much has been researched in the last almost three hundred years about dreams and dreaming, yet, we still do not know where we go when we dream. Looking at early, biblical accounts of dreams in the history of dreams, we see their images and interpretations to be of another world outside the one we experience …

Depression

What is depression? Depression is the unexpected – a serious deviation from the expected. We expect the economy to continue to perform to our advantage. We expect the weather to fit in with our weekend plans. We expect people to behave rationally and virtuously. We expect to wake up and be well. And all of …

Is there a Blog?

Colleen said the other day: Wasn’t it time you wrote another blog? My answer: I am blogged out. After 120 blogs I have come to an end. Colleen: Come on. That’s not true. Perhaps because those 111 blogs (108 to be exact) are now all printed in hardcover book format,* that I have the feeling …

200 years of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Arthur Rackham, Little Red Riding Hood A Father comes home from work one evening and asking his wife and daughter for the whereabouts of his son, hears that he has gone to visit relatives. The father is saddened by the news: “That was not good of him to not say good bye.” With that he …

A case of burnout – reading Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” (Die Verwandlung)

Kafka’s third book, The Metamorphosis. The first edition, 1916. The cover illustration is a lithograph by Ottomar Starke. (www.kafka-franz.com)   Franz Kafka (1883-1924) in 1912 wrote his story “Die Verwandlung” (The transformation or, as it has become known in the English speaking world: “The Metamorphosis”). The story is conventionally read as a story about an overworked …

Conspiracy of silence

Colleen went to her book club this morning presenting among others a book she was reticent to introduce because of its sordid content. Yet, she thought and said it was important to take note of a book that is out there, published by a reputable company, about abuse in marriage. And the courage of the …

Bipolarity

Bipolarity is another name for a condition that has been with mankind since we left the tree-scape, entered the land-scape and began to roam the world.   It is a name for a condition within the conditio humana we all are subjected to and most of us have more or less under control.   It …

The nature of the beast …

The animal nature within us – that is the animal part in the process of our becoming human within the general process of evolution in our world. For all who are critical about the concept of “evolution”, we might want to say that components of everything in this world, even the universe, are within us …

Ageing – not for sissies

“Getting old is not for the faint-hearted!” Sybil used to say. How true is that?! As a parent when your children do not ask you for advice any longer but instead are offering advice to you, that is when you notice you have grown old enough to be on the way out. “On the way …