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Timely Message from the Writing Stratosphere

Wintry warmth soothes my bones, spreading Sunday laziness through my body. Indistinct doggie sounds decorate the background. A yap here, gallop there, punctuated by noisy chewing, which I’m determinedly ignoring. I mean, really, how much damage can they do out here? The first whiffs of Spring float her pending arrival on the still air. O The Oprah Magazine is pleasant company, serving up some inspiring women’s stories and stunning images. What’s this? The sparkle of our nearby pool reflects sweetly off the page.

INSPIRING ARTICLE – O, The Oprah Magazine South Africa


Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love shares some timely insight. ‘Nearly all the women I know,’ she writes, ‘are stressing themselves sick over the pathological fear that they simply aren’t doing enough with their lives.’ Despite the fact that each and every one is doing ‘a lot’. Doesn’t that ring a clanging bell? It does for me 🙂 Elizabeth confides something enlightening: after writing 5 books, never mind the millions of copies sold and the movie just launched, she worries that she hasn’t written the right kinds of books, or that she’s maybe dedicated too much of her life to writing, thereby neglecting other aspects of her being. She asks: ‘Can we all lighten up a little bit?’

Brilliant point, corroborated by my primary muse, our gorgeous Jina. She’s a staunch believer that when all else fails, and even when it doesn’t, the best thing to do is RELAX!


And when you’re done with relaxing, PLAY!

JINA AS A KITTEN: ‘Please can we play?’

Uh-oh, hysterical barking. A silver-grey streak catches the corner of my eye. Okay, so even Jina falls short sometimes. Composure be damned, I rush to her rescue. Guess all we can manage is our best in each moment. Or for a fresh change, a little less than our best!
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Teddy bears or Terrorists?

In reality, neither. Just regular puppies, but they sure blast a whole new energy through the home! We’ve had our German Shepherd darlings for two weeks today and much as we adore them, I can’t pretend there aren’t moments of madness. Take Saturday morning, for example. No less than four steaming piles and two large puddles placed on the dining room rug. All within a most impressive ten minutes, not to mention before breakfast.

House training aside, they’re quite restrained. Nothing but the best for this thoroughbred pair. Only brand new socks, barely worn, will do. Although they have also rampaged through our recycling bins. Mind you, that could be considered civilized rubbish, since it is rinsed and separated. Then there’s the dining room chair that used to match so nicely . . .

Still, no matter the mess, those teddy bear eyes just make you melt:

QUEST showing off his well bred ears

QUILLA after romping through our freshly watered garden

I may be a pushover, but our older dog and cat definitely aren’t. They seem convinced of the Terrorists argument. And there’s no way they’re conceding without a fight. This is Jina staking her claim:

JINA staking her claim

and Tex surveying his territory:

TEX surveying his territory

Tough that I’m conflict avoidant, squarely in The Dog Whisperer’s category of humans who need training. Perhaps it’s time to tape every episode! Nevertheless, in all seriousness, we got these two for their lovable natures. And of course there’s the side benefit that we get lots of exercise, like Saturday’s session introducing them to their leads:

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Sitting in a sunbeam

All of you who are watching the Soccer World Cup will know how nippy our SA weather is. Well, Jina just loves to play in the sun, especially now! It’s one of the reasons I keep a camera close. She was rolling around so much this morning that it was tricky to take a shot, until she hopped onto the window sill for a moment’s pause. Here she is, perfectly positioned for some fill-in flash photography:

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Authenticity is about being.

JINA as a kitten

Too much doing can lead to undoing.

Quotes to consider:

“What we are looking for is what is looking.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.” – W. H. Auden

“Serve others for they are reflections of the same Entity of which you are yourself another reflection. No one of you has any authenticity, except in reference to the Original. Feel always kinship with all creation.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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World Health Day – 7 April 2010

Full credit to all involved in the far-reaching initiatives associated with World Health Day and high five to Jo’burg for participating in the World Health Organization’s ‘1000 Cities, 1000 Lives’ campaign! This includes the launch of optometry and podiatry clinics, initiation of a community environmental health awareness campaign, implementation of a rodent infestation prevention campaign, and extension of the hookah/hubbly bubbly hazard awareness campaign, among other things.

Although not involved in these projects, I certainly recognize the need for them and salute the effort being applied. Aside from more serious concerns, the hubbly bubbly craze hasn’t escaped our notice and if the hunting statistics of our beloved but relentless Wegie (Norwegian Forest Cat) are anything to go by, then we can vouch for a recent increase in the local rodent population. Jina has been bringing us a rat a night lately – confirming that she for one is committed to the cause 🙂

JINA – Furry darling and formidable huntress
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Attention = Attribute


Paying attention bears phenomenal fruit.

Quotes to consider:

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss

“It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.” – Unknown

“Anyone bored these days is not paying attention.” – Bill Copeland
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Fragrance = flowers having fun


It’s one of nature’s free expressions.

Quotes to consider:

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” – George William Curtis

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.” – Beverley Nichols
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Self-belief is an inside job.


Quotes to consider:

“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” – Unknown

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering

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Dreaming delves deep inside.


Quotes to consider:

“A person starts dying when they stop dreaming.” – Brian Williams

“If I am dreaming let me never awake, If I am awake let me never sleep.” – Chinese Proverb

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Subtlety has its uses.


Quotes to consider:

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood” – Unknown

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