The Value of Journaling

“There are places like this everywhere,
places you enter as a young girl
from which you never return.”

Whenever grown-ups spoke, I often forgot to whisper or disappear. It took some time before I understood that my mother’s home was not a democracy. That my words were only welcomed upon invitation, particularly when we had guests.

Growing up my two older sisters gave me the confidence to be. I would simply let myself be, either of the two – depending on the day. Though they had lives of their own, it mattered to me that they invited me in, even at the end just so we could all laugh, huddle together – in a shared world. If they shut me out, I mildly hid or looked away to pretend I did not mind this exclusion. Continue reading “The Value of Journaling”

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Time Wasters /Life Wasters

Hello Apple Crunchers 

It’s been far too long. I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.

I am home for the week and of course far deeper in thought than usual. There is something about home that refocuses your energy, makes you ponder your paths, habits & plans etc. This includes how I am using my time. Got my beloved mother to sit down with me and converse on themes we’ve identified as time wasters which equate to wasting your life.

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Practical Tips on writing, editing & publishing from renown S.A authors

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Copies of the rustic poetry pages kept since the mid 90’s

In 1997 my mother had a collection of poetry written in isiXhosa that she had submitted to Shuter & Shooter Educational Publishers. At the time they could not accept her contribution to African authorship. With the passing of time, raising children single-handedly, keeping a 9-5+ job what would have been a book, became a dream deferred.

Dry(ing) up like a raisin in the sun. Sag(ging) like a heavy load

A decade later and the ache to author had ma and her beloved friend Mandie visiting the Mother City to meet publishers, authors, translators, and government writing institutions such as The National Library. Continue reading “Practical Tips on writing, editing & publishing from renown S.A authors”