Merles Blog

Beats me

Apologies. I can’t be long. I need to buy a drum. There are no djembe drums from West Africa, looking for new owners in my new, rural community. Since I arrived home last night, my fingers are tapping everything in sight – kitchen counter, bed sheets, oatmeal pot half...

Beach Calligraphy

A washout of creativity and fun. This year is my first Fynarts experience as I am a newbie to Hermanus; a recent transplant from the roadrace and brightlights of Sea Point. I am slowly finding waze to meet local people and add my spice to the mix. Fynarts seemed a...

It takes a village…

It takes a village to raise a sentence. Trying my hand at calligraphy feels almost as challenging as raising a child and I realize it takes a village to create a sentence that has the artistry, flair and flourish of calligraphic script. I’m trying to listen to inner...

Finding niksen in the gaps.

The Dutch have managed to name a state of being that I am in love with today. It’s a word that explains exactly how it feels to be turning 70 – tomorrow.  One last day in the republic of sixty nine. Tomorrow I will finally have grown up.  No more asking permission for...

The Journey of 70 to 70 begins with a wink and a smile

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu In this case, not a thousand…merely 70. My journey. 70 to 70. It began the morning of, with a single, deep and hard look. I had dreamed I would be somewhere magnificent, sitting on a rock perhaps,...

Don’t stress about us in South Africa…

I thought I would share this letter.  It speaks to the spirit many of us who live here feel. Don’t stress about us in SA Oct 28, 2012 | Paul Harris A letter about the state of South Africa from FirstRand founder Paul Harris to a concerned friend has gone viral Hi Jeff...

Having no head

I was gifted this reading by Ken Wilbur of a chapter in Douglas Harding’s book.  It arrived moments after I did as we awoke out of one year and into another.  It was the first mail my sleepy eyes reached and came from my friend Suzanne in Seattle.  "Having no head - a...

The human side of a legend

I met Mr. Mandela on three occasions.  My first meeting was fleeting,  I was pasted to the crushed crowd of thousands to touch the hem of his garment at the Parliament of World Religions  hosted by  Cape Town in 1999.  He and the Dalai Lama had just spoken to the...

A baby girl is born!

Just a quick update from an exhausted Granny. A beautiful baby girl was born this morning. She is well and healthy. Her mom Angie is still in ICU. it was a difficult birth and a second team of surgeons were called in. she is resting and still cannot see the baby, but...

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