Tag Archives: South Africa

Dag, Pamy

“Dag, Pamy.” In the dark of my studio apartment in San Diego, the Dutch voice of my grandfather came into my sleeping brain. Tears flowed as I knew then that my Opa was gone forever. He’d died a few days before … Continue reading

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Hard times with Facebook

Facebook keeps insisting that I have one single place I come from, but my life simply doesn’t fit into their simple category. I’ve moved a lot. No really – a lot. This month I moved, again, and decided that I … Continue reading

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5 ways to overcome ‘us’ vs ‘them’

My wise minister in London once described an exercise at a retreat of ministers. They were assigned a task and then put into small groups. Over time, the groups grew, joined by other groups. When the first couple of groups … Continue reading

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Quiet Disquiet

When I lived with in London, someone from the recently ex-East Berlin visited for a few days. She arrived – and stayed with us for 3 months. She arrived a married woman travelling through London for a short while. When she left she … Continue reading

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Localizing a Life

During the early part of my career near London, my boss once asked me to do something else in addition to my current workload. I looked at her and said that I couldn’t possibly do it. When she asked why … Continue reading

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Farm Fire Breaks

I recently read a suggestion that everyone’s daily plan leave 2 hours for unexpected activity. In South Africa, all your expectations of what a day would bring were blown away on such a regular basis that your daily plan was … Continue reading

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