Mentor Tales Pt. 5

The first time my mentee met “Lord Tirion”, he picked up a stick and shooed him away. The little pup took this as an invitation to play. My mentee was so frightened he ran and hid behind a tree. Right then I realized that my mentee had only met one kind of dog – theContinue reading “Mentor Tales Pt. 5”

Mentor Tales Pt. 4

“Mentor,” my mentee stuttered; he was not being his usual giddy self. “I’ve done something bad and I am afraid that if I tell anyone I am going to be in biiiig trouble.” I could see that he was genuinely scared. I encouraged him to trust me with his worst-case scenerio and assured him thatContinue reading “Mentor Tales Pt. 4”

Free Thought

“In dark times some will close their eyes to the atrocities of what we’ve done. Yes. We. Mankind. We are responsible for not only the good that the samaritan does, but for all the sins of the earth. In dark times there are those that keep their eyes open and in the pitch of nothingnessContinue reading “Free Thought”

Mentor Tales Pt. 3

My mentee is shy. In a room of young people just like him his voice drowns. In fact he doesn’t contribute at all. He says he prefers to let the other kids lead – they know more than he does.  During a game of chess, he comes out of his shell. His knight corners myContinue reading “Mentor Tales Pt. 3”

Free thoughts

It’s crazy how quickly things can change. I realise that now more than anything. We are all in a fragile state of panic. All of us dealing with this pandemic in our own little way, but with fear-struck panic nonetheless. I feel the anger and pain that we all feel and for now, from aContinue reading “Free thoughts”

MENTOR TALES Pt. 2

“So, what’s your favourite thing to cook?” I ask my mentee. “Scrambled eggs!” he replies, “I can’t really cook anything else”. “So, what do you like to eat?” I ask. “Spaghetti, sausage, tomatoes, corn…” “That’s a lot!” I interrupt. A few days later, we visit the the Biscuit Mill and go through all the variousContinue reading “MENTOR TALES Pt. 2”

MENTOR TALES Pt. 1

My mentee really wanted to read better. He is dyslexic and hates not being able to understand billboard adverts and street signs. Initially I tried to get him to read novels or short stories, which made things difficult for both of us. Then I introduced him to comic books and just like that his interestContinue reading “MENTOR TALES Pt. 1”

THE BALCONY HALF MARATHON

Its day 22 of lockdown in South Africa and my countrymen are banding together to give back to their communities and to ensure that we all get through this difficult time standing tall together. The members of the Vesperdene Runners; a social running club in Cape Town that fights for social injustice and inclusion isContinue reading “THE BALCONY HALF MARATHON”