I’ve been (and still am) busy dealing with several things at the same time, and that’s why my absence from Blogland. This quotes sums up what I’m trying to say;
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
~ James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicolas
Hard at work
I have taken on a new project and in order to keep up with all the demands, I’ll have to drop the ‘blog ball’ for a while.
But do not despair, my dear readers and followers. I’ll be back…
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Originally posted on Zukiswa Wanner:
I’m tired but I can’t sleep. I’ve been having conversations with the darkie South African literati and I felt I needed to write this. I know it won’t make me popular in the SA hood but, oh well, maybe that’s why I left the hood. So here it is my book-loving white compatriots (and no. This ain’t addressed to you Lauren Beukes, Jassy Mackenzie, Kevin Bloom, Helen Moffett, Tiah Beautement, Margie Orford, Fiona Snyckers, Jo Ann Richards and and and so step away from the burning building, thank you!), please read carefully. The next three or four columns are addressed to you. The rest are to the rest of you, literati –black and white. So here goes:
Songeziwe Mahlangu. Napo Masheane. Yewande Omotoso. Lesego Rampolokeng. Phillipa Yaa de Villiers. Pumla Gqola. Maxine Case. Thando Mgqolozana. Shafinaaz Hassim. Lebo Mashile. Niq Mhlongo. Cynthia Jele. Sifiso Mzobe. Mary Watson. Angela Makholwa. Siphiwo Mahala. Angelina Sithebe. Kgebetli Moele. Ndumiso Ngcobo. Futhi Ntshingila. Nthikeng Mohlele. Sihle Khumalo. All these, among others are your literary compatriots. They write. BUT. And here’s the big but. They are NOT ‘good black writers.’ In a country where the majority of the population is black y’all have suddenly decided that white writing is the standard? Really? There are either good or bad writers. There are no good or bad black female/male writers so stop that ‘good black’ crap, stop it.
And oh, we always think you are individuals so please don’t ask us to speak for our race. We call that white privilege. At literary festivals, don’t ask us about football, because we may actually be rugby or cricket fans or dammit, no sports fans. Don’t question (as some judge at an award I was shortlisted for did) why we don’t write about townships because not all of us were raised in townships. Some of us were raised in villages, others on farms, and others in some burbs or weird bourgeois exile neighbourhoods. That’s our reality. And just as you are not uniform, neither are we.
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D for Days
“Anything can happen to anyone at any time and you shouldn’t just live through the days, or you lose them. You should do what you can to enjoy every moment.”
― Sarah Brightman
For more on the challenge, visit frizztext
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The Finnish landscape is characterized by lakes and forests. Forestry is one of the largest industries here, and is responsible for the production of wood, amongst other things. With 75% forests covering the land area, it means Finns practically live within forests.
In the countryside and as especially in summer, all sorts of small building projects are always under way.
Self-made bridge and a shortcut to the neighbours’ sauna
I like the weather-worn wood with its coarseness. It creates a rustic feel that brings back childhood memories.
But there’s also something delightful about the smell of fresh wood, especially indoors. It’s like walking in the middle of the forest. Natural essences extracted from different kind of trees (pine, spruce, birch, etc.) are popular in Finnish saunas.
Barns that are no longer in use make for a wonderful shelter and photography experience, when on the lookout for wildlife roaming in the nearby forests.
What can I say? I love wood, and hope you enjoyed the countryside wooden tour.
For more on the theme, visit Ailsa.
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Silver — like a metaphor — is rather tricky. Sometimes it’s crystal clear and other times it’s a bit fuzzy as it comes in many shades. At times one has to look really hard to recognize it.
Silver coins at a museum
The silver colour can be dazzling but sometimes it’s difficult to identify whether it’s platinum or silver.
Pale Silver – frozen tree branches (or are they white?)
Sometimes it takes someone / something else to point it to us before we realise…ah! that is silver indeed.
Crystal Silver – sun reflection on water
If you can see silver in this photo, then you have an excellent eyesight. But if you place your fingers there, they will freeze.
Mirror-like water formation reflecting trees
“Courtesy is a silver lining around dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty…”
Thunderstorms and lightning
Hope your day is as bright as silver.
For more brilliant silver themes, visit Ailsa.
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B for Bicycle
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Vappu / May Day activities
But for a certain individual, the combination of bicycle, beach and some liquid in the bottle proved too much and he/she left this illuminating effect.
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A = Art
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~ Aristotle
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