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Silence, the answer

We fear the silence The letting go The being alone The death that comes But only in the silence             When all is quiet             When the breath can be heard             When the sound of this moment arrives Do … Continue reading

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Know your beasts

“To ‘listen’ another soul into a condition of disclosure may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performed for another.”  Steere   Know the beast, name the beast, learn to have some tea together.  This is something … Continue reading

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It’s never about some other time

The real gift and the crux of our difficulty is our constant and entirely natural experience of vulnerability.  Trying to live without feeling vulnerable means we do not understand the fierce nature of the reality we inhabit.  In closing off … Continue reading

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Skull and crossbones

Sitting again today in my favorite orthodox colleague’s office as he puts up a drip for my daughter.  A dear kind soul and friend who listened deeply to my story of distress and worry, earlier this past year, when few … Continue reading

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Livid and the colour grey

That morning, an encounter, that will long be seared into the wrinkling folds of my brain.  I was running late, knowing they would be waiting.  A teenager and his family, cared for by our team over the past weeks, my … Continue reading

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A world of AIDS

This day, for the past 24 years, has been about raising awareness around HIV and AIDS. For many of us, especially here in South Africa, this one disease has become central to our lives.  This is true for many of … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Doldrums

All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon, ‘ Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon. Day after day, day after day, We stuck, no breath no motion; As idle as … Continue reading

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