Chasing Christmas

Over the past couple of weeks, and months (!), shopping centres and shops alike have become more and more densely decorated with all things Christmas. Yet, I have found myself overhearing people stating that they’re “battling to get into the Christmas spirit”, for whatever reason. If you feel like you fit into this category, and…

An Ocean of Gratitude

“I guess I could be pretty p*ssed off about what happened to me, but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I…

Before and After

1989’s coming-of-age classic Dead Poet’s Society won an Academy Award for best original screenplay, and rightly so. The film tells the story of an English teacher who, through somewhat unorthodox teaching methods, manages to inspire a group of boys to “Carpe Diem”…or “Seize the Day!” I was privileged enough to attend Kearsney College – a…

Our Heritage

This past week forms part of a typically volatile month for South African investors. The month brought with it the All Share Index’s ability to rise to 59,655 points, only to retract to 56,883 – constituting a drawdown of close to 5% over a matter of days. Our currency, which is even more volatile than our…

A Reward for Future Efforts

The past 12 months have been particularly difficult for Cameron, my Godson and nephew who, at the age of 10, lost a dear friend and confidant – his Nana and my mother, Jane. The year became even more difficult when it incorporated the complications of moving to a new school, and the rigors of adjusting…

A Week in the Life of an Ordinary Man

As I reflect on this past week, I concede that it’s flown by almost as fast as the land which passes below me. I’m currently on a Boeing 737, headed for Johannesburg. Our land speed, according to our pilot, is around 650km/h, which is pretty much the cruising speed of a 737. The pilot’s announcement,…

A Week in the Life of an Ordinary Man

Putting Sophie, our sixteen month old baby girl, to bed tonight was typically easy. A bath, compliments of Dad, followed by a story and bottle, compliments of Mom, seemed to do the trick nicely. Sophie went down around 6pm, in her room. She’ll stay there until 7’ish tomorrow morning. We might be up once or…