PANDEMIC LIFE LESSON FROM A SMASHED CHILLI BOTTLE

My hubby is known within our friendship circle for his incredible homemade chilli… It’s THAT good… I can’t tell you the exact recipe (because I don’t know it) but I do know that it takes a lot of chopping, a lot of time and a very careful chilli-selection to make it as flavoursome and delicious as it is… He makes a super hot one for himself, but a much milder specialized one for the previous ‘non-chilli eater’ me…

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Thank You Frontline Workers

Our pandemic world is undeniably upside down… We talk of the monstrosity of Corona… We literally use the phrase ‘Our world is at war’… and it is… We are ever more aware of this ruthless killer… One who takes no mercy, who destroys indiscriminately, who does not care about race or age as it devours its victims… barraging through our minimal barricades…

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Evidence of the power of play…

Our pandemic world is undeniably upside down… We talk of the monstrosity of Corona… We literally use the phrase ‘Our world is at war’… and it is… We are ever more aware of this ruthless killer… One who takes no mercy, who destroys indiscriminately, who does not care about race or age as it devours its victims… barraging through our minimal barricades…

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The coexistence of pain and beauty… Reminders from a purple floral carpet…

Our pandemic world is undeniably upside down… We talk of the monstrosity of Corona… We literally use the phrase ‘Our world is at war’… and it is… We are ever more aware of this ruthless killer… One who takes no mercy, who destroys indiscriminately, who does not care about race or age as it devours its victims… barraging through our minimal barricades…

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RETHINKING THE HEART OF EDUCATION…

RETHINKING THE HEART OF EDUCATION...

I admit, I have spent a few evenings flicking through the news channels… BBC, Sky News, CNN, Aljazeera, SABC… And while I don’t advocate a complete submersion in frightening statistics and rising death rates, I also don’t believe, that adopting an ‘ostrich-head-in-the-sand’ mindset is going to ease our anxiety.

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GROWING WINGS

Growing Wings By Naomi Holdt It’s a parenting milestone… It’s what we aim for… It’s our longing and our hearts desire… Independent, confident, self-assured and secure children… I have heard the words before, in other contexts, but yesterday I was reminded again of the weight these carry in a parent’s soul, and of the vital…

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EVERY MOMENT…

Every Moment By Naomi Holdt The lessons children teach us… The powerful reminders they share with us… Two weeks ago was one such occasion. My six year old, Christian, had woken up and dressed himself before racing excitedly into my bedroom… I sat under my feather duvet, still sipping my morning cup of coffee in…

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STARING INTO THE MIRROR OF A CHILD’S REALITY

STARING INTO THE MIRROR OF A CHILD’S REALITY By Naomi Holdt Sometimes our children force us to confront parts about ourselves we would rather not acknowledge… rather not see… If we are open to learning, they teach us vitally important truths about the world… about ourselves… every single day… A few months ago, I had…

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Mind full or mindful?

My son, Christian, woke up at around 6:15 on Sunday morning (there’s no lying in when you have an early riser in the house- and that was actually late for him!) I went and jumped into bed with him like I sometimes do in the mornings, and we got chatting about the bike park, tractors,…

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