Why I am Teaching my Daughters How to Knit

pussy hats for women's march 2017

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.


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.


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.


Load-Shedding? Try Real Hardship: Snow Days!

I’m writing this as the sun is finally shining, the birds are chirping, and spring is erupting with a vengeance here in the Northern hemisphere.

But just a few weeks ago, it was still bleakest winter here in the American South, where it’s supposed to be mild and perpetually hot and steamy. ... 


I Procrastinate. And I’m GOOD at it!

I’ll come right out and admit it. I’m a procrastinator.

This frequently gets me into hot water with Noisette, who is rather the opposite. He likes to get started so early on things that we often have to climb over mountains of clothes in our bedroom that he has piled in neat stacks two weeks prior to an upcoming travel date.