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October 2017

Don’t Forget Poppie

· "May you build a ladder to the stars, and climb on every one." - Joan Baez ·

A year ago, to this very date, I was awakened by the news of a little 3-year-old girl named Poppie, who was savagely beaten and kicked to death. Her photograph was staring back at me as I unenthusiastically and halfheartedly read the newspaper report of how she had violently passed away. What I couldn’t do…

A Halloween Horror Story

· Trick or Treat? ·

With Halloween around the corner, I am reminded of my very own horror Halloween story; one that continues to haunt me each year and one that continues to mortify me every single time it comes to mind. South Africans don’t commonly celebrate Halloween and very rarely do the dress-up, trick-or-treating kind of thing. A handful…

Are our 40’s accompanied by a dangerous kind of freedom?

· Does liberation finally reveal itself as the big secret to “life?” ·

Our 20’s were awfully competitive and terribly confusing. Some of us were still entirely overwhelmed by furthering our studies while others decided to devote themselves to their careers. Most start raising a family while working tirelessly to balance home lives with their professions. We slept very little and fussed far too much over the little…

When A Friend Chooses Suicide.

· Is it really a mortal sin and could we have changed the outcome? ·

I was raised in a deeply religious, black-or-white kind of world where it was made clear that suicide is a mortal sin. Suicide simply explained, is self-murder and therefore, it is wrong. But is it really a mortal sin? I am faced with the question of whether God is entirely unambiguous with His rules, or…

Dear Younger Me

· You did it ... your way. ·

I see you gaze out the window at the age of 12 as you impatiently hurry away the time to grow up as fast as you can so that you can leave the nightmare of your “now” behind you. Don’t do that … I know it’s tough right now but your braces won’t last forever,…

10 Things Women Really Want

· Where are our men? ·

Each day at 5 pm, I join an energetic exercise class where 7 women between the ages of 24 and 52 come together and engage in frivolous chatter while we exercise for an hour. Needless to say, anything and everything is discussed and analysed, but somehow, the conversation inadvertently ALWAYS turns back to the exact…

Lola’s Secret

· COMING SOON! ·

Why was Lola so determined and anxious to take Lauren and run from the home they were raised in, leaving their parents and remaining siblings behind while placing great distance between them? Why was she so inexplicably drawn to Sutherland, a town she had never been to before? Did she intuitively escape to find shelter in…

Does love hurt?

Love. Authentic, true love is indisputably a spiritual union between two souls … not between two physical beings … but between two spiritual beings. Love is a combination of a devoted friendship, a passionate love affair and an act of worship between two souls that have been drawn together. It is by no means at…