Dreams

Dreams

This girl. This young woman. Nearly twenty seven years later, I can look at her now with such love. She didn’t love herself, not back then. She didn’t know how. All she knew was that she wanted happiness, and she believed what she’d been taught. That love and happiness would come in the form of […]

Free

Free

What if this love, this Eros could be the underpinning rather than the undoing, the place we rest and find our way to peace versus another point of pressure of pain, of suffering? what if this love, this Eros is the very key to unlock our freedom, our selves. What then? how high could we […]

Underneath

Underneath

      There’s something about being on the other side of the world that gives me pause when I think about commenting on all that’s happened in America recently.  While I love my new home here in rural South Africa beyond reason, there’s part of my heart which will always remain enmeshed with the […]

silethokuhle

silethokuhle

  In Zulu, silethokuhle.  In English, we bring the good. This is what we’ve chosen to call the fledgling foundation I’ve founded here in the community of Ngwenya, located in KwaZulu-Natal, the traditionally Zulu area in the northeast of this beautiful country of South Africa.   And it’s not that the foundation’s staff and I […]

everything

everything

  A year ago or so, I painted this picture.  A series of them, actually.  All low mountains, deep colors, lots of golden light. And now I see this scene painted in front of me, full size, earth and sky, every day.  Like Bert and Mary Poppins, I’ve somehow jumped into the middle of that […]

listen

listen

      Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.   When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. – Shel Silverstein   I went out on game drive at Phinda the other evening for the last night drive of my visit along with two couples who’d arrived […]

growth

growth

  Therefore…love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle […]

wings

wings

What am I doing in South Africa? I keep getting this question, from many people. And sometimes from myself.  The truth is, I don’t exactly know.  The truth is, that it is somehow, inexplicably, home.  And the truth is that, at least for right now, it’s where I belong. When I returned from South Africa:the dream trip, […]

Divine

Divine

  Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.   ~ Rumi    

resolving

resolving

  It’s the last day of the year and New Year’s Eve, for me, will be spent in this lovely lounge at Heathrow and then in a not too tiny metal tube in the sky, traveling from quite far north to the Southern hemisphere again.  Back to South Africa, this time for much longer.  I’ll […]