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Uh!….Uh Uh!

I loved speaking on the phone. I used to finish my homework and then I would be on the phone to Alex, Michelle, Angie or Deidre! Mum used to get thoroughly irate with my long conversations to school friends. “Gaynor, you have just spent eight hours at school. You come home and then…phone your school

The flip side of the coin!

  * “Sound has a profound effect on the senses. It can be both heard and felt. It can even be seen with the mind’s eye. It can almost be tasted and smelled. Sound can evoke responses of the five senses. Sound can paint a picture, produce a mood, trigger the senses to remember another

Defining Moments!

Recently I have been to stay with my cousin, Judith Saulez and family in Durban. It was great to be able to spend some quality time with them. Their three daughters go to Durban Girls College. When I was twelve I went there for two years. I was a weekly boarder and I remember those

The old Lie!

(Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori) On the evening that B and I had planned to spend with Janet Suzman in London, she told us that unfortunately she would be out as she was performing in a concert. I pricked up my ears. “Concert? Would you mind if we came too?” Two tickets were

Agility vs Ability!

I am on holiday! I love being on holiday. GOING on holiday however, is the most unbelievable schlepp! Firstly, the packing! You can’t imagine how difficult it is packing with only one hand? I am naturally a right handed person. But due to my spasticity resulting from my accident my right hand is now useless. My

Lost in Translation!

A while back, I was contacted by my agent and asked if I was available to give my Inspirational Speech up in Johannesburg. It would mean flying to Johannesburg the next day and then giving my speech early the following morning. Yes, was my response! Yes! Yes! Yes! I came through the airport doors to

Pardon!

       I remember as a child being shut in my room and being told: “You can stay there until you are prepared to come out and say you are sorry !”        Mutter…mutter…it wasn’t my fault! How was I to know that Patrick’s silkworms would die just because I hid them

The Loved One!

       PJ Powers is one of the biggest singing sensations in South Africa.        I met Penelope twenty four years ago, just after my accident. Let me tell you about it.        I was recovering my parents farm. We got a phone call from Maralin Vanrenen asking us if

Lonely Heart!

 This story that I am about to tell you is Pre-Cochlear Implant era. Before I was given my “hearing” back!      I realised with a shock that I had a large amount of friends in Durban but I didn’t know one single unattached male! All my friends were married or had that “significant other.”

One day at a time!

“The best thing about the future is that is comes one day at a time” Abraham Lincoln ****         One of my Facebook ‘friends’ recently wrote a comment on Facebook that really tugged at my heart. She had clearly lost two people close to her. I sent her a private message saying

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