The wicked

Despondency has an address, and this is it. Our house is one of a series of identical houses on the fringes of this forest. The ever present dankness and semi shadow is meant to humble and educate. From an early age blind obedience and outright denial of any desire or ambition for 'things' outside the …

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Dear diary

I started keeping a diary at an early age. Back then, I used differently scented and variously colored pens for my scribbles. Ink that smelled of strawberry and orange, bubblegum and cookies would float up each time I opened the diary. My eleven year old self alive and well within its pages. All my inner …

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Snippets of life (from A to Z) “J”

THE LETTER "J" Jingle bells plays in the background. In the living room lots of jostling and jabbering going on. Jovial conversation, fills the air, as friends and family come and go. The last of the Christmas gifts being placed under the jam-packed tree. Cousins, uncles and aunts jubilantly singing along full of holiday spirit …

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Shooting Star

You Have A staggering need to overpower To be the person of the hour With your far and your wide Versus others' steady ride Delusions of setting the world on fire With your blinding blazing pyre You say I am pure submission Simply because I ask permission You say I tremble and I please Ignorant …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “U”

THE LETTER "U" Unbelievable! She refused to understand that I was her only true friend. Upset at being told what she knew deep down  to be true, she chose to remain unfailingly devoted to those undermining her. These unctuous uncharitable individuals, who ridiculed her in private, were those to whom she offered undying friendship. As …

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Falling under the spell of South Africa

Mal d'Africa is an apt term that describes the strong feeling of nostalgia and desire to return to Africa once visited. I experienced this firsthand, living in a fog the month after my return home. I would go through my daily routine somewhat mechanically, feeling like something was missing or not quite right. Another notable …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “O”

THE LETTER "O" Over. It is  almost over, this obstacle and ordeal filled life; this overdose of  unmentionables.  The overtures of death can begin in accompaniment to my obsolescence. Obstinately I have held on to my ways; omniscient of my downfall. Oracle of darkness I now allow you to overpower me as you have been …

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Sharing Books

Get ready to feel unbridled anger, vulnerability and powerlessness, hopelessness and disbelief. These are all true stories which is what makes them get under your skin and remain there long after you have finished reading the last page. Heartbreaking, maddening and ludicrous. Thank goodness also touching, brave and triumphant. Proof that love comes in many …

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The genius of a British Mad Hatter

I will eat my hat, if you don't find yourself purchasing a hat, making a hat or simply having a ball leafing through this eclectic collection of hats by British Milliner Stephen Jones OBE. In the late seventies and early eighties, you would have run into Mr. Jones at the Blitz Club in London, along …

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