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13 Aug 2016

It doesn’t take much

  I regularly find myself getting up rushed and tired, so many things to do to get through the day. A career to build, groceries to buy, bills to pay, errands to run, dinner to cook, a
13 Jul 2016

The Promise of Blue Cheese

Have you ever craved something so badly you could actually taste it in your mouth? You knew exactly what it was supposed to look, taste and smell like. You could even determine how that one thing would
2 Feb 2016

A breath of fresh air

Have you ever drowned? Or rather, almost drowned? The feeling where you are gasping for air, lungs burning, every time just getting enough to keep you going for a few seconds before the need to gasp for
30 Aug 2015

More willing…

You know that gut wrenching feeling when something you hoped for and was 100% certain about, doesn’t happen? It feels as if the ground under your feet gives way and you can’t breathe. On 16 December 2007
7 Jul 2015

Home is where the heart is

They say home is where the heart is and that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I fully agree with this. But, the heart needs a pulse, something that makes it alive. An empty kitchen,
22 Jun 2015

Reality Bites

Ok, so you have read some of my previous posts and my “About” section. And as you are sitting there reading this, you might think that I have this very rosy and naive outlook on life. This
12 Jun 2015

Getting Up

I can still remember the over-sized, sunny lounge in the farm house where I grew up. In it stood a wooden couch that my parents got from Ouma Cloete (my Dad’s mom) when she moved to a
31 May 2015

The Caterpillar Perspective

If I ask you to choose a symbol for your life, what would it be? What would you compare your life with? Since I can remember I’ve compared my life to that of a butterfly… or actually
26 May 2015

The Check List

Have you ever made plans for your future or had a picture in your mind of how things would play out? Of course you have, all of us do. I was the master planner when it came
25 May 2015

Spiced biscuits, Cutex remover and hairspray

When I was seventeen, in my final year of high school, I was sitting in a cold exam hall. We were waiting to write an Afrikaans Creative writing exam. It was one of those exams where you
17 May 2015

Om ‘n Ouma te hê…

This is the original essay in Afrikaans, as referred to in  “Spiced biscuits, Cutex remover and hairspray.”   Deur Pauli Havemann, 17 jaar   Dit was ‘n lang pad ek onthou. Elke boompie, telefoonpaal en plaasopstal het