finding delight in a family embroidery
South Africa: 18th January 2019 Siri fees Lucy the horse and she uses her left hoof to tip the plastic bowl over. She prefers to eat her feed of the dusty ground rather than out the bowl. She has been whinnying in grief most of the night. Yesterday, her companion, Gypsy drifted off to horse … Continue reading Transitions: Experiencing Africa as Africa
What could be more joyful than a few hours of solid rain during a severe drought?
Eish! Load shedding! Can there be anything joyful about it? South Africa has enormous issues with electricity. We have scheduled daily blackouts called load shedding. Here's an explanation and a graphic to help you get your head around this strange phenomenon! Load shedding is a measure of last resort to prevent the collapse of the … Continue reading Living joyfully: Load shedding delights…
Sometimes normal things unexpectedly turn into joyful things! Yesterday, my son and I arranged to have a walk around our university campus to take some pics before we leave Grahamstown. I was here as a student in the early 80s and he has just finished his first year. I also currently work at the university, … Continue reading Living joyfully: A Photo Walk & Memories
I'm trying to live joyfully But today that is overshadowed by a little voice inside my head You know the one... As I prepare for a month of writing with NaNoWriMo, altschmerz arises in me, if that's how John Koenig intended the word to be used. But I'm sure he won't mind how I use it. Back … Continue reading Living joyfully: Altschmerz…
I'm always surprised at how often I need to revisit the basic principles of my blog to make sure I'm not veering too far of course. Is that something that happens to other bloggers too? Or is it just me? Here's a recent example. When I first started this blog, I created some “Happiness Resolutions” (an … Continue reading Updating my blog: Feel Good List
Have you ever read a book that you come back to again and again? "Simple Abundance: A daybook of comfort and joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach (pronounced “Bon Brannock”) is the non-fiction book that I return to over and over again. Read about my relationship to this comforting book.
I love how the English language works - it's rules and inconsistencies, it's rhythms and cadences. I love that it's a hodge-podge of words "borrowed" from other languages and how new words are constantly added to it. John Koenig makes up his own words to help us express our unarticulated feelings. Read more...
Today I had one of those days where you start reading something on the web, then you click on a link and you read something else. It turned out to be a music ramble... I thought I might share what I found out as part of a Weekend Coffee Share. So grab your fav beverage and join … Continue reading Living joyfully: Alive and kicking