Monthly Archives: May 2010

“Writers Write”

Sincere thanks to Amanda Patterson of The Write Co., since I completed her Writers Write 2 novel-writing course today. This is the follow-on to the first course, Writers Write, which helped immensely with my first novel, OUT OF AIR. It’s … Continue reading

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2010 World Superbike & Supersport Championship – Kyalami

Being an ex-professional superbike racer and an accredited member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists, Dave loves few things more than attending an international race meeting, chatting to the riders and doing some fast-reflex photography. It was his particular pleasure that the last leg of the World Superbike and Supersport Championship was held here on our doorstep, at the Kyalami circuit in Johannesburg.

The weekend yielded flawless weather, awesome action and sensational wins by Eugene Laverty in the Supersport class:


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Commitment

Commitment takes courage, returns treasure.


LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER BARING ITS BEAUTY – Masai Mara, Kenya

What if a bird failed to follow the urge to fly?

Quotes to consider:

“Leap and the net will appear” – Zen saying

“. . . the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. . .” – W.H. Murray (‘The Scottish Himalayan Expedition’)

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” – Dr. Rollo May
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Energy

Energy is elemental


TREETOPS TAKEN FROM HOT AIR BALLOON – Masai Mara, Kenya

. . . to Everything.

Quotes to consider:

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle

“Love is like energy. It can never be created nor destroyed…it is just always there…” – Ian Philpot

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
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Potential

Potential possesses power.


LIONESS WITH CUBS – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

It is best approached with respect, but without fear.

Quotes to consider:

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw

“A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?” – Jane Wagner

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us…’ – Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”)
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Breathe!

One of the most precious gifts of yoga is the mindfulness of breath, and its deep flow into and out of the body. This is not only incredibly relaxing, but cleansing and energizing as well. Above all, it helps to bring your awareness into the present moment. The crazy thing is that I’ve been isolating the experience to the actual classes, without practising it in the rest of my life. When in fact, each and every moment we are free to breathe however we choose!

Apparently us women especially have a tendency to breathe shallowly, something I certainly do, as I’ve discovered while scuba diving. So much so that I often unconsciously skip-breathe underwater. While this can increase dive-time considerably, it leads to a splitting headache on surfacing, which is attributable to raised carbon-dioxide levels. This brings my novel, OUT OF AIR, to mind. As the title suggests, it explores the topic, in a literal and metaphorical way (see My Books page). Of course, we all know that oxygen is important for optimal brain function – all the more reason to breathe better, in order to write better 🙂

Here’s a photo that Dave took of me at Ponta Do Ouro, to help illustrate the scene:

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Movement

Movement contains magic.


LECHWE ON THE MOVE – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.” – Blaise Pascal

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” – Carol Welch

“The dance is a poem of which each movement is a world.” – Mata Hari
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