Why I am Teaching my Daughters How to Knit

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The following is an attempt to make sense of the world we woke up to on November 9, 2016, and then again on January 20, 2017. It is about the United States of America, but in a way it is also about South Africa. The right of free speech, as exercised by a country's free press, has been under attack in South Africa just as much, if not more, as it is now in the U.S.

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Public Transport

One thing South Africa doesn't do particularly well is public transport. Without a car, you're pretty much lost in Johannesburg, otherwise a world class city in many ways. That is not so different from many American cities, where public transport is often scarce or missing altogether. Here is a story of having to ride the bus to get from one city to the next in America.

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Repatriating Expats: How to Survive Losing your Live-In Maid

You know the saying Better to have loved and lost than never loved at all? Well, I think it might be the opposite in the case of domestic help. Losing your maid after returning to a land where live-in domestic help was last affordable in the 1950s is so painful, so utterly despair-inducing, that you might be better off never having enjoyed a helper in your home in the first place.

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First World Problem: How to Spread Two Cars Between Three Teenagers

What screams privilege louder than indulging your three teenagers with not one but TWO entire cars at their disposal? If you live in America, that is exactly the kind of situation your typical suburban mother will wring her hands over. In her defense, she's kicked those three teenagers in their collective butt to go and be responsible and find jobs, and now they need to have transport to and fro.

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Two Countries, Two Churches, One Wrong

When I started writing this blog post a few months ago, I had no idea that this topic would once again be at the forefront of our nation's conscience. That once again unspeakable evil would occur in the basement of a church. That this post would not merely be an anecdote comparing the histories of two countries I had the privilege to live in, but that it would have to shine a light on all the work still ahead of us in these countries today.

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I Procrastinate. And I’m GOOD at it!

You know how when you're behind on things, you get that terrible pit in your stomach when you're running late or an impossible deadline is looming, and  ou curse yourself for waiting so long? You vow, by all that you hold dear, to never ever do it again to yourself. Yet the next deadline approaches, and you find yourself on the same exact track once again. Why do we do it?

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