Being a Third Culture Kid is like visiting the distorting mirrors at a carnival. For those who haven’t been to one, these mirrors are built with different curves in them, so that the viewer sees out-of-shape versions of himself or herself reflected therein. As each mirror reflects back a different distorted version of the viewer, […]
Today my eight year old son broke a cereal bowl. I had done the washing up after breakfast and called out to him and his father to dry as I walked out of the kitchen. He started on the job himself as his father was still at breakfast. I heard the crash and yelled, ‘Why […]
Tweet 1. The buck stops with you. Practice accountability but ultimately you, the leader, is responsible. As tempting as it is, don’t blame others. 2. Don’t gossip about people. Nothing else undermines your credibility more, or contributes the most to an unpleasant environment. Don’t play people against each other. 3. Don’t get caught up in […]
Tweet I have finally splashed out, and got ourselves (or should I say ‘myself’?) a Kindle. It has taken us some years to get to this point. First, there was the financial side to consider, and then we had to process the whole pseudo-ethical arguments for and against traditional books. Then there was the other […]
Are you a compulsive criticizer? I have a friend, Mythical, who’s the all-time biggest criticizer – EVER. Let me tell you a bit about him.
Teacher. Photographer. Champion athlete. Father. A year ago today, he walked into eternity.
Tweet What is it that drives us, at the end of each year, to either take stock or hide in insensibility? However far I run from clichés, I simply find myself entangled in a whole other bunch of them. So here I am, trying to formulate a suitable summary of The Year That Was… First […]
Tweet A friend recently observed that there are two people in her. ‘Normally, I am a rational, self-controlled, mature woman. But there are times when the little girl that I was comes out, with all her insecurities, and controls what I do.’ She speaks of emotionally trying times. Sometimes these are when matters of the […]
My apologies for the long silence. So far 2009 has turned out to be the Year of Change! First, as a family, it was time to farewell a significant part of it. We have been celebrating the life of, and saying goodbye to one of our closest loved ones. Then Black Saturday 2009 came. Australia […]
Gaza is on my mind, as I am sure it is for many people. This was going to be a silent post (though how, I don’t know), because I can’t write anything cohesive about it. The situation is complicated. It can be looked at on so many levels, and I fear that no one solution […]