When There Aren't Enough Words When I was ten years old, one of my favourite teachers uncovered my secret in front of the whole class. Even though it was not very important, I was mortified. She, on the other hand, thought it was adorable. I can’t blame her, after all she had found it lying … Continue reading

Life Is Colourful Recently, I was the guest speaker at the Benoni Pages & Wine event. While most people were interested in my story as a mother, or my family, or about adoption, one person stood up and asked the only question I had not been prepared for. “While other people are running away from … Continue reading

Stepping Out Since moving from my paradise island with its memories of beach walks, sunset get-togethers on my balcony, BBQ lunches and Potjiekos dinners with friends, music, laughter, and coffee with oh so much condensed milk, that it became contraband, I have been freezing my skinny little arse off. As most of you know by now, … Continue reading

You Are Not Who You Used To Be - I’m sitting in the sun in my new apartment in Jo'burg and I am typing on my new computer. Its name is Lenny. My last computer was called Sammy and she was a real bitch to me in the end. Sammy would take delight in showing … Continue reading

Relocate to a new old place -  TV came late to South Africa, so when it arrived in 1975, I was enthralled – finally, we were in the 20th century. My mom and dad were the owners of a hardware store and amongst some of my father’s innovative ideas was to have a show and … Continue reading

Goodbye and farewell - How good are you at saying farewell? I am terrible. I am happy leaving, but when it comes to saying adieu, I’d rather be the thief in the night than the girl in love saying goodbye to the bad boy from down the street. Some of my friends know that when … Continue reading

Plan to not make plans - The problem with living the type of transient life I lead is that … it is transient. And while that means that I can pick up and swop direction at the change of an island bikini, it also means that I am at the mercy of the ebb and … Continue reading

What's On Your Plate? - BOOBS Now do I have everyone’s attention? I went for my annual breast squashing test the other day. While I was standing in front of the machine, leaning back just enough to keep my head out the way, forward enough to get the little bumps on the plate, resting my … Continue reading

What Happens Next? -   The year started the way it usually does - me almost making it to 12 am while fireworks burst around me, dogs barking in fear and people wowing the sky. For me, it means that the closest supermarket will be full of people and short on stock. Lychees will still be … Continue reading

  Finally Available - For the last two years, I’ve been filling out my immigration forms, with the word “writer” in the little squares. ‘Don’t forget the “W” and remember, there is no “gh” in this one,’ I’d remind myself. Each time I put my mark on the page, I would notice a smug little … Continue reading