Author: Hat

Before I die…

Last year, I founded an arts initiative which worked with 50 youth in the Sasolburg community and was sponsored by Sasol. The project is called VENT!.  Anyway – what I wanted to mention on this blog… was the lovely piece that our Art participants (mentored by installation artist, Vaughan Sadie) put together.  The piece is called “Before I die…” and the pictures speak for themselves.  If you were to write on the blackboard – what would your answer...

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Cutting down on the "stuff"…

These two videos give you some idea about our belief system and our shared disdain for rampant consumerism, in-your-face advertising around every corner and our society’s ever-increasing need to acquire more stuff. I’m not American, and both of these videos speak from an American perspective… but there’s a lot of down-to-earth logic in what they’re saying… and I believe that most people in our demographic (certainly most people in my circle of friends, family & colleagues) … (and obviously, I include myself here)… could do with a lot less STUFF – and a lot more QUALITY of life… and...

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A day in downtown Jozi…

Yesterday, we spent the day in the centre of Johannesburg. For all the fearful suburbanites who have the impression that downtown Jozi is a cesspit of filth and crime and to be avoided at ALL costs… I have to respectfully disagree.  Sure (like any city) – there are pockets of horribleness in Johannesburg… and sure, there are a few neighbourhoods that are best avoided… BUT!!!!… do not throw the baby out with the bath water!  Downtown Jozi has some fabulous places…  Braamies, for one, is awesome (don’t forget to visit the Neighbourgoods Market!).  And there’s the wonderful Fashion District…...

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Morning with Mom (no malls allowed!)

So… Thursday was a public holiday… and my Mom wanted to “do something” with the kids and I. Nick has been renovating the floors of our bedroom – so I left him to his own devices, and decided to give my Mom a different coffee shop experience (apart from the usual visit to Mugg & Bean at a mall). I don’t like malls.  At all.  Here’s the 3 main reasons why I don’t like malls: Malls are kitsch and ostentatious.  There’s lots of bling, lots of marble, lots of brass embellishments, lots of ‘flash’… it’s just too much of...

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How a rural village in Mozambique changed me…

I have visited my fair share of “3rd world” countries over the years – and without hesitation, I can say that I have learned more from the “poor” about grace, humility and generosity than I have from the “rich”. My experience in Mozambique (a year and a half ago) was no different.  I was there on a trip with Could You? and my travel companions included a woman from Chicago (who works for Oprah)… four women from New York (two who work in the fashion industry – one, a South African ex-pat, who can’t be pigeon-holed and Christine Garde...

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