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It's a beautiful sunny morning in Melkbosstrand. The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. Everything looks fresh and alive. As I started my day I realized how amazingly blessed I am. I'm sitting at my desk and selects my playlist for the day... some beats of Alicia Keys to put some funk into … Continue reading Good morning sunshine
So the World celebrated The International Women’s Day yesterday – which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong – but, what happens today?
Do we go back to the shadows where women are beaten, downtrodden, objectified, maligned et cetera, et cetera?
Yesterday, this thought played in my mind all day.
The thought played in my mind that right as we speak, there’s a woman somewhere being raped, pummelled into the ground from manly fists, railroaded into sexual slavery and all unsavoury thoughts you can think of.
I am tired of societies false platitudes and putting band-aids on sore wounds.
We as a people must continue to raise strong women. Women who rise above adversity to say no. Women who call bullshit what it is. Women who know themselves and love themselves. Women who would make a difference to their progeny and generations to come…
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Feeling emotionally drained and hurt after reading the newspaper or news feed on Facebook is becoming a regularity for me. I was totally disgusted and saddened by the violence and abuse against yet another woman in a nearby township. How can we tolerate this kind of obscenities? How can we not raise our voices? I … Continue reading A damned mate – a poem by Chanty
Wow!! Look what I stumbled across. This is a subject so close to my heart. To support and uplift the foundation of our children. I believe that with literature we can help instill a solid stable childhood which will in turn grow positive and responsible adults. I want to commit to the purpose that they stand for: “to satisfy the need for information, to entertain curious imaginations, to encourage critical thinking skills, to move and inspire. Within their pages, seeds of wisdom and possibility are sown.” We live in different worlds but yet we fight the same battles.On my side of the world I want to stand up for our kids.
Illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Children’s literature may be the most influential literary genre of all. Picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young-adult novels all serve the most noble of purposes: to satisfy the need for information, to entertain curious imaginations, to encourage critical thinking skills, to move and inspire. Within their pages, seeds of wisdom and possibility are sown.
Therefore we, the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators*, do publicly affirm our commitment to using our talents and varied forms of artistic expression to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others; the type of fear that feeds stereotypes, bitterness, racism and hatred; the type of fear that so often leads to tragic violence and senseless death.
Our country is deeply divided. The recent election is a clear indication of the bigotry that is entrenched in this nation, of…
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So after all these years I'm thinking of joining a dancing class for fun. Not just any dance class but the Latin and salsa classes. I always admired those dancers because they look so sophisticated and disciplined with their heads held high one foot after the other. As a child growing up with my two … Continue reading If not now…
On this beautiful Friday morning I want to have a heart-to-heart about being content about life in its current state. If there is one thing I have learned in life, then it’s the fact that you are responsible for your own happiness. No one in this world can make that happen for you. Your happiness … Continue reading Happiness…
FORGIVENESS For a moment your thoughts were tainted For a moment your focus were painted, Yet He forgives Yet He forgets For a moment you wonder why For a moment you wonder how, He still forgives He still forgets For just a moment you lose sight For just a moment you the cause of a … Continue reading Forgiveness – part 2 A Poem by Chanty
Have you ever been in a position where you constantly beat yourselves up for that one mistake you’ve made months or even years ago? We think about it constantly allowing it to consume every thought we have with an internal critical voice. Since that actions is against our morals and values it creates extreme guilt … Continue reading The power of forgiveness
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