Originally posted on Trommeltjie:
So hele paar jaar gelede het ek die eerste keer met muisbosskerm kennis gemaak. Een Saterdagoggend het ek en my man op die ingewing van die oomblik besluit ons gaan die Weskus bekyk. Onscwas nog kort in die Kaap en ek was nog nooit by die Weskus nie. Ons het inderhaas…

Two Choices

What would you do?….you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice? At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never […]

The Serpent’s Blood

“Do you see it?” asked the teacher. “Behind the rock,” I replied. It was a snake, brown and black, and slithering in the desert sand. “What do you know about snakes?” he asked. “I know to avoid them.” “Nothing more?” “Not much.” “What you should know is that snakes are cold-blooded.” “Why is that important?” […]

The Shamayim and the Aretz

He led me out in the darkness of the night to a sandy expanse. There we lay down and gazed up into the star-filled skies. “It’s so vast,” said the teacher, without turning from his upward gaze. “The sky?” I answered. “I would think it is.” “In Hebrew, the word for heaven is shamayim. The […]

The Midbar

He took me out in the desert to an immense valley surrounded by reddish mountains, which turned increasingly purple and blue as they extended out into the far distance. “What words come to your mind,” said the teacher, “when you look at the desert wilderness?” “Dry …barren …hot …austere …severe …hard …forbidding …” “And when […]