Pontification

  • Say it with clothes

    This was originally posted on my old blog on 12 November 2016. As part of research for my Honours thesis I have looked into clothing as a form of communication. I’ve long suspected that what we wear speaks as loudly as our words, and it was a pleasure to see that confirmed in academia. Clothing…

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  • Atheism is not a choice

    Picture this: your colleague is in a wheelchair. She broke her back years ago, and is completely paralyzed from the waist down. There are some nasty people who claim she is not paralyzed after all, she can walk. You scoff at this: haven’t you seen with your own eyes how helpless she is? Hasn’t she…

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  • Common Ground

    This was originally posted on my old blog on 29 November 2014. Yesterday I visited a dear, treasured friend who happens to be a devoted Christian. We had a lovely time, a fantastic chat, and most of all, something I’ve learned since my convictions changed from Christian faith, was confirmed yet again. Common ground is…

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  • You look awful!

    This was originally posted on my old blog on 1 October 2014. I am doing a thing: I am looking at those around me, and I am making an effort to not judge. That guy with the clothes: you know, the one that makes you roll your eyes? I am putting brakes on that eye-roll.…

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  • You’re more than that

    This was originally published on my old blog on 19 August 2014. From a┬áTED talk by Bryan Stevenson: I’ve come to understand and to believe that each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. I believe that for every person on the planet. I think if somebody tells a lie, they’re…

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  • The story of you

    This was originally posted to my old blog on 18 July 2014. Picture this: someone has scratched your car with their keys. Deliberately, because they don’t like you. Now, you’re walking along a dark street and happen to spot their car. Nobody is watching, and you know this is a CCTV blind spot. You have…

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  • Ha ha, you’re poor!

    A good while ago my youngest forgot his house key when he went to school, and had to wait a while at our door for one of us to come home and unlock. Our house is right beside his school so the kids leaving for home were streaming past. When a fellow student saw him…

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  • On the good ship Your Life

    This was originally posted to my old blog on 18 February 2014. Raising kids is like training someone to captain a very big boat. There’s a lot of theory to learn, as well as a lot of practical skills to master. If you give the trainee too much control too soon, the experience will be…

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  • The perfect engagement and wedding ring

    An article in The Guardian this morning got me thinking about engagement rings, wedding rings, and love. The author questions the “tradition” of expensive diamond rings marking a commitment to marry, which is less tradition and more a very successful marketing ploy. Frances Gerety’s famous line Diamonds are Forever hit the bullseye, I think, because when…

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  • A different kind of democracy

    This was originally posted to my old blog on 2 November 2013. Recently, I was quite impressed with the opinions Russell Brand expressed in an interview with Jeremy Paxman. Many people are ripping into him for the views he aired, and this is as it should be (though some criticise him because they find his…

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