AtoZ: Z is for Zen

To my beloved son on his 12th Birthday 12 years ago you came. A small sweet thief of our hearts. You turned our world around and remade it in your own image. With eyes of wisdom and wonder. With a laugh that shakes the foundation of the universe. A son. A brother. A young man. […]

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AtoZ: Y is for Yesterday

Yesterday was a public holiday, Freedom Day. It marks the first free and fair elections in a democratic South Africa. I could’ve gone to a political rally. I could’ve gone shopping. I didn’t. I lay in the sun surrounded by the sounds of happy children and the sighs of sleeping dogs. It was a good […]

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AtoZ: X is for XXX

  “Hello, darling” Lean in. “Mwah!” Or is it… “Mwah Mwah!” Or is it… “Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!” Is it right cheek first or left? Right, left, right. Left, right, left. Air kissing has its own rules and guidelines and I’m damned if I can figure them out. However, we have to do it, I’d rather […]

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AtoZ: W is for Who?

  Jaunty ringtone. “Mom. Your phone is ringing.” “No caller ID.” “Just answer the phone!” “Hello.” “Hello, is that Victoria?” “Yes.” “Hi, your good friend Judith (not her real name) would like to try our range of incredible cosmetics.” “Who?” “Judith.” “WTF?” “Judith.” “I don’t know a Judith.” Actually, I do. I once upon a […]

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AtoZ: V is for Victoria

I was a bit stumped for V today, until my esteemed colleague pointed out that my name began with V. In the spirit of such narcissism I tried to find adjectives that matched the letters in my name to my personality. It was a hard call between crazy and creative, talkative and tenacious. All in […]

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AtoZ: U is for Unbuttoned

The rays of morning sunlight filtered through my dreams. I stretched a long lazy feline stretch and slowly rolled over careful not to disturb the peacefully slumbering orange cat. I looked over at the bright led light of the clock and then my heart stopped. It was 08:30. 08:30! Never is all history has a […]

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AtoZ: T is for Taunina

Teddy bears have a special place in my heart. Perhaps because I grew up on a diet of Winnie the Pooh, Rupert the Bear and Paddington. My cousin Timothy had a bear I coveted as only a child can covet, it was an all encompassing desire to own a threadbare, jointed antique teddy bear. I […]

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AtoZ: R is for Ready or Not

The long weekend. A time of family, friends and lots and lots of chocolate. At least that’s what I had imagined. It’s not what happened. It was one of those times where one small inconsequential decision sets of an avalanche of epic proportions. I have a high-pressure water sprayer. It holds me thrall. When wielding […]

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AtoZ: Q is for Quadrophonic

“Hi, Vix. How’d your kids like to be a music video?” “What for?” “We’re making the Jo’burg verison of Pharrell’s Happy music video.” And that’s how it started. So, on a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon I assembled the troops and went deep into suburbia. It was a nice street with Jacaranda trees forming a […]

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