A humpback has breached directly in front of us. Just be present, she gently whispers into my ear. I’m learning to be still and enjoy the sight; not rush for my phone and try to grab pictures. It’s an old iPhone and at this distance, up on the hill, we’re…

Photo Kristopher Roller

It’s the wee hours of the morning. It’s properly chilly, dark and the wind occasionally shifts and carries the faint whiff of unburnt diesel from the neighbours (thankfully almost silent) generator. There’s no load shedding as the local power company calls it — I’ve just turned on the kitchen lights…

Photo: Javel Williams

It’s a typical late winter morning in the village. The sky is not so much grey as it is silver, the water is glassy at the backline, the surf foaming as it crashes and from the viewpoint, it looks for all the world like pouring cream lapping at the shore…

Conversations in a pandemic (1)

Kate and Nadeem find themselves thousands of miles apart in a global pandemic; these are bits of their spoken conversations and a lot of their unsaid words.

Image: Kira auf der Heide

Nadeem looked into the eye filling up the screen, scarily close because she had the phone at a…

Hindquarter of the #NinjaZenBearDog in an ocean of mercy.

we give thanks for the beauty in people, places, hearts and minds.

we give thanks for the hands that hold us with deep, gentle, growing and learning love.

we give thanks for every ounce of good energy shared

we give thanks for the deeply beautiful lessons of the day

we…

© Sigmund

Years ago, when I wore younger skin I got to share some random airtime with another human. It was one of those art-farty fair type things with the cream of society hobnobbing and deal making and doing whatever it is that the rich and privileged do at the events staged…

@Compare Fibre

In the last two years, human beings have gone from a few video calls a month to a few video calls a day. As recently as 2017 if you worked in a progressive entity and you were very busy, importantly titled or just the female responsible for taking minutes; video…

Photo by Richard Verdoorn

The bunch at the next table are anti-vaxxers — one of them’s holding court, telling the others (and anyone else in an earshot) that covid-19 was developed by the See-Eye-Hay and the vaccine is bogus. Thankfully her companions are not nearly as learned as her and there are no major…

Photo Irma Sophia

The village is on fire. Palls of smoke hang in the air, burning embers from piles of rubbish, tree trunks, tyres, bricks and boulders litter the roads. On Twitter I see images and video clips of a gunfight on the streets near my Nani-ma’s place. In the village where my…

Conversations in a pandemic (5)

Photo by Arisa Chattasa

Nadeem stared at the scene on the screen; the pale wall with cracks running down it, a pot plant that had seen livelier days and the expanse of Kate’s desk piled with papers, books, cups, another limp pot plant, stationery and what looked like a…

Jesh Baker

Writes stuff, bakes stuff, stuffs around in the garden

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