Category: Life

Zagreb, Croatia’s capital

We loved our stay last year in Croatia. Here’s my latest travel article on the first part of the trip, most photos by David van Wijk: https://www.travioor.com/articles/what-to-do-in-zagreb-48-hours-in-croatia-s-capital. Great tips for a 48-hour stay!

Feeling good, doing good

Last week I spoke about my birthday fundraiser for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Well, my friends really “came to the party” – literally and figuratively. We raised R7161 – which was just amazing! Here is the speech I wrote for the evening, honouring a very special person,...

Getting mental illness out the closet

Bad enough to be ill, but to feel compelled to deny the very thing that, in its worst and most active state, defines you is agony indeed.” ― Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression It was my birthday early January, and this weekend, instead of having...

Welcome to 2017!

Please excuse the hiatus, but even writers need a few weeks off! I’ve just come back from the most amazing trip to Cuba, which is an incredible walk back in time – have a look at the vintage cars you get to drive in (see the photo above). I’ve also...

Brain Games (II)

Following on from last week’s review of The Mind Club comes a non-fiction book by Henry Marsh. If ever you’ve wondered what it might be like to slice through a brain to save someone’s life, or wondered what a career as a brain surgeon is truly like, then Do No...

Paula Marais book review

Brain Games (I)

There are two kinds of perceived minds, each with its own type of morality – thinking doers and vulnerable feelers.”  (Wegner and Gray) I’ve been reading, rather coincidentally about both the physical brain and the thoughts, dreams and actions that result from it. Many talk about the difficulty of coming...

Bees, please

A few weekends ago we did a beekeeping excursion with Albertus (aka Farmer Redbeard) near Ashton (Western Cape). An experience like that is a wonderful way to hone all one’s senses. Garbed in our beekeeping gear, our jeans tucked in our socks and our hands protected with thick rubber gloves,...