• Soul food

    Shocked into writing

    The world events of the past week or so have spurred me back into writing. For some months, domestic affairs had focused my attention in other ways, but it’s now time to come out of writer’s hibernation. Who can remain unaffected by the shooting down of the passenger aircraft MH17, carrying citizens of so many countries, and the rising intensity of unrest and casualties in Gaza? It may be that we have become somewhat desensitised with the conflict in Gaza,…

  • Sculpture of Socrates
    Soul food

    Why reflect on the past?

    “The unreflected life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates I have come across this quote a number of times lately, causing me to reflect further on the statement itself. This quote of Socrates was first presented to me many years ago by an affirming mentor when I was going through significant change in my internal world. I was questioning myself in so many ways: my beliefs, my actions and my position and purpose in the world. At the time, the…

  • The British Library
    Career business

    The London experience

    I never dreamed I would ever go to London to receive a book award. It was quite a shock to see my name included in the list of winners on the London Book Festival website. In fact, I checked the list several times to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake – and even showed it to my daughter and husband to verify that I wasn’t imagining it! After all, this was the first book I had written and it…