July 29, 2014
Back to Life - From Dismemberment to Re-Embodiment in Two Easy Steps

Back to Life – From Dismemberment to Re-Embodiment in Two Easy Steps

Back to Life – From Dismemberment to Re-Embodiment in Two Easy Steps

After an especially long and exhausting drive or flight, a grueling week at work, or a mind-numbing exam period — what’s the one thing you do to feel human again?

As I put my key into the lock of the front door, my birds tweet in recognition. An instant feeling more human step one.

Well, the two first things I will do are:

1.…

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July 29, 2014
Sudden Downpour - Exotic Things, Eye-Contact, Peace and Protection

Sudden Downpour – Exotic Things, Eye-Contact, Peace and Protection

Sudden Downpour – Exotic Things, Eye-Contact, Peace and Protection

It was sunny when you left home, so you didn’t take an umbrella. An hour later, you’re caught in a torrential downpour. You run into the first store you can find — it happens to be a dark, slightly shabby antique store, full of old artifacts, books, and dust. The shop’s ancient proprietor walks out of the back room to greet you.…

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July 26, 2014
Road Tripping - Durban to Cape Town Across Country 1 578 kms

Road Tripping  - Durban to Cape Town Across Country 1 578 kmsTis the season for road trips — if time and money were out of the equation, what car-based adventure would you go on? (If you don’t or can’t drive, any land-based journey counts.)

Bonus (optional): show us your itinerary by embedding a Google Map into your post!

I have a short term plan to move to Cape Town from Durban and engage…

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July 24, 2014
Musical Marker - Sounds of Bon Iver

Sounds of Bon Iver

Musical Marker – Sounds of Bon Iver

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We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?

The tranquil tones of Bon Iver, just discovered. In fact the whole album, For Emma, Forever Ago (debut album). Thank you Amber for the introduction. Crooning and yearning, sad and beautiful sounds for my…

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July 24, 2014
Self-Compassion and a Free Self-Compassion Test

Self-Compassion and a Free Self-Compassion Test

OrchidWhat is self-compassion?

Self compassion is no different from having compassion for others. To create compassion for others one would need to notice that they are suffering. Once one has noticed the suffering of another, one would need to be touched by this suffering. Usually, you will feel a warmth and want to help the other person. The element of judgment is suspended. One also would realise…

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July 24, 2014
6 Free Audiobook Sites for Busy People

6 Free Audiobook Sites for busy people


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Audiobooks are a great way to get to know books in a new way. The wonderful thing is, you can listen while doing other tasks, like mundane chores, or if you are very busy. I like to listen before going to sleep. Here are 6 sites recommended by Mashable My favourite is:

1. Open Culture, for example you can listen to John Steinbeck

2. Books Should be Free

3. Librivox

4. Lit2Go

5. ThoughtAudio for…

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July 24, 2014
Crashing The Arts

Great posts. I love the mixture of great writing, sound and images.

Crashing The Arts

Great posts. I love the mixture of great writing, sound and images.

July 23, 2014
Adult Visions - “I Wish my Grow would Stop!”

Adult Visions – “I Wish my Grow would Stop!” Dress up and the idyll of childhood.

Dress up and the idyll of childhood.

As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life?

Imagine I did not.

Adult and child were two different if parallel dimensions. I thought adults were kind of crazy, like when they chased after me, when I picked up…

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July 23, 2014
Middle Seat - Common Niceties and Meaning Moments - Bound to Others

Middle Seat – Common Niceties and Meaning Moments - Bound to Others

It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

Given that we live in a world fast forwarding to human disengagement,…

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July 22, 2014
Pondering Panda Youth Report 2014 - South Africa

July 22, 2014
Can’t Watch This - but a Must See for Everyone - Earthlings ~ Shaun Monson

#Earthlings a must watch by Shaun Monson and #NationEarth #EarthlingsMovie

Can’t Watch This – but a Must See for Everyone – Earthlings ~ Shaun Monson

When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

EARTHLINGS, an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals and their use by human beings. It is shot using hidden cameras in places like: animal…

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July 20, 2014
Sudden Shifts - Can’t Do - a Discomfort Destination

Sudden Shifts – Can’t Do – a Discomfort Destination

Sudden Shifts – Can’t Do – a Discomfort Destination

You’re at the beach with some friends and/or family, enjoying the sun, nibbling on some watermelon. All of a sudden, within seconds, the weather shifts and hail starts descending from the sky. Write a post about what happens next. 

I am seldom on the beach. It is uncomfortable and the sun and sand hurt my skin. I don’t like to swim in cold or…

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July 20, 2014
From the Top - Who is to see, who is to know?

From the Top – Who is to see, who is to know?

From the Top – Who is to see, who is to know?

Today, write about any topic you feel like — but you must reuse your opening line (at least) two more times in the course of your post.

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Who is to see, who is to know? I am me, but I keep the grit, struggles, angst, from the eyes of others. Usually I only share with my daughters and until recently, I didn’t share the whole extent of the minutiae of…

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