Author: Hat

What do you want from me?

A couple of years ago, I started a blog called Living Differently.  At the time, we were making some major shifts in our life… extracting ourselves from ‘The Norm’ and I wanted to document the journey.  Back then, it wasn’t about amassing blog followers…  I just wanted to document the experience in some way.  Even if it meant sharing the journey with nobody-in-particular.  Even if nobody never read a single post… just the process of writing about our journey was liberating (and, in many ways, healing). Blogging has always been a way for me to express myself.   I find...

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I’m baaack… (with a new book!)…

So… I have just spent the past hour writing a long-winded blog post... explaining my absence and what I’ve been doing over the last couple of months and blah, blah, blah…. Then… my computer went on the fritz, I lost internet connection and that long-winded post vanished into thin air!!! I just can’t bring myself to re-write the bloody thing… because I’m now irritable with an achy-back… and I need to fetch children, curtains and washing powder. In the meantime…  here’s a video page-through of the new book. It’s called FODDER:  Creative Miscellany for Thinkers, Dreamers & Questioners. 214...

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My theory on defensiveness

Has this happened to you? You share an opinion or a preference with somebody – and their default response is to assume that you’re attacking their preference or opinion. Here’s how it looks: “I love cats!” “So, what’s wrong with dogs?  Dogs are also nice you know!” “I really enjoy visiting Cape Town” “There’s nothing wrong with Durban, you know!” “We educate our kids differently.  They don’t attend school” “So – what are you saying?  Are you saying that we’re bad parents because our children attend public school?” “I’m an agnostic.  I’m not sure how I feel about God...

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Making peace with the fact that I’m not a children’s author…

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while… but I’ve been endlessly second-guessing myself… and ruminating… and what-iffing… (y’know – the usual stuff I do!)… For those of you who have been on this journey with me for a while… you’ll know that I intended to write and illustrate a lite, kid’s version of “How Heather got her HAT’ness back”.  I even mentioned this plan in the very last page of my book! Here’s a photo for the evidence file: My book (although a full-colour, illustrated rhyming poem)… was never intended as a children’s book.  It was...

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Quick little update on life and what-not…

Hey peeps… I’ve been silent on the blog-front for a week or three, so I thought I’d just write a quick little post to let you know what’s up – in list form.  We spent almost 2 months in Durban (while Nick worked on a film that was shot there).  But now we’re back in Joburg until December – January’ish. Some of you may remember that I entered my first art competition (The Luxembourg Art Prize).  I did not make it to the finals.  This news predictably sent me back into my usual “See!?  What’s the use! Of course...

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