About me and this blog

Every now and then, I like to collect bits and pieces and stick them up here. It’s mostly a personal scrapbook of moments of inspiration or exasperation, musings and contemplations, quotes and anecdotes. It’s also a record of a motley personal path. Over the years, it shifts and rearranges as my interests turn from one direction to another – and sometimes back again.

Professionally, I’m a freelance writer and publishing consultant, as well as a part-time performer and artisanal baker. I’m a mother of two small children, with an interest in attachment parenting and a lot of the practices that go with it. This blog reflects that eclectic constellation of interests… as well as the weird contradictions of living in South Africa at this confused historical juncture.

Sometimes it’s a book that strikes a chord; sometimes an encounter or experience offers up a facet of experience worth writing about. Sometimes it’s weekly, sometimes monthly, sometimes less.

If you’re stopping by and anything resonates with you, please leave a comment!

6 Responses to About me and this blog

  1. MandyM says:

    Hey :) I see you’re also a Daring Baker, nice to see another SAfrican there. It’s fantastic how small the world can be on the net.

    Good to “meet” you and happy baking!

  2. Mary says:

    Hi,

    This is the assistant editor for Hospital.com which is a medical publication offering hospital news,

    information and reviews. We also cover a wide variety of medical issues, one of which being Pain Management.

    You will notice one of the many articles on this topic on our homepage. If possible I would like Hospital.com

    to be included within your blog roll, offering our information as a resource to your readers. Please let me

    know if this addition can be made.

    Please email me back with your URL in subject line to take a step ahead and to avoid spam.

    Thank you
    Mary Miller,
    may.hospital.com@gmail.com

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Mary
    Thank you for the comment. I won’t be listing Hospital.com for a few reasons. Firstly, hospital issues are not really a central focus on this blog. Secondly, I can’t pretend to recommend Hospital.com as a website. I don’t read it at all, and from a cursory glance, it doesn’t look like it presents particularly balanced or in-depth articles. I was particularly unimpressed with the article on “choosing the right hospital for your delivery”, which concludes in the following less-than-dazzling way:
    “However, since many of us neither live close to the best hospitals, nor afford them, here are some criteria you should consider when picking a hospital. Consider that some of these criteria are based on the specific wants of a woman in labor and not tips for finding hospitals in general.

    - Free parking.
    - Easy access for services and visiting.
    - Conveniently located (Perhaps the most important)
    - 24 hour room service meals at your request.
    - Complimentary massages
    - New baby portrait or photography
    - Private rooms for obstretical patients”

    Free parking? That’s the opening bid? Come on. How about talking about the ratio of staff to patients, the style of care, whether the staff support the type of birth you’re hoping for, the type of pain relief you want, whether there’s a birthing pool available, or facilities for your partner to stay over. And it might inspire a little more confidence if ‘obstetrical’ were spelt correctly….
    So, at the risk of sounding rude – thanks but no thanks :-)

  4. Alison says:

    Hello Lisa

    Just found your blog today and yes, there is plenty on it that resonates with me :-) Especially that we share a similar sense of spirituality

    And I also l also live in Cape Town but if you read my story, you will see that I lost my baby boy a year ago – he was 3 years old, so not really a baby any more.

    I will surely visit your blog again.

    Take care
    Alison

  5. morporc says:

    i like your reply to hospital.com

  6. Angela says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I would like to share a little of my story with you, so if you would be willing to hear it I would appreciate it. My email address is attached.

    Angela

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