Author Archives: Lisa

About Lisa

I live in South Africa with my husband and two small children, doing things, thinking about things and sometimes writing about them.

Our biggest problem may be calling each other the problem

I should probably stay off social media. The drivel-to-gems ratio is around 25 to 1, at best. The recent upsurge in agitated conversations/rants about so-called “transformation” has unfortunately worsened that ratio, forcing those videos of 10-year-olds on America’s Got Talent … Continue reading

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Managing pain in pregnancy

So the last few weeks, aside from being fairly excruciating, have been a fascinating learning curve into managing pain. So I’m writing this in the hope of offering some ideas to anyone else who (like me) might be scouring the Internet for answers … Continue reading

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Biscuits, or: worth searching for the hidden stuff.

When I was a kid, my Granny Lil’s flat had a fantastic stash of chocolates, at any given time. It just wasn’t altogether clear where to find them. In contrast, my great-aunt Freda (Lil’s younger sister) had a perennially disappointing stash … Continue reading

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And if you’re pescetarian…

Fishing and seafood are a big part of Cape Town’s heritage. The waters around here used to jump with many different species of fish, and you could find mussels, abalone (perlemoen), lobsters, prawns, squid and clams all along the coast. … Continue reading

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Pain

Five months pregnant, and my body has kicked in with some vicious pain. The left side of me is entirely unscathed. But on the right side, something’s going on between my back and my hip that’s making it excruciating to sit, … Continue reading

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If you’re vegetarian

So this weekend I was at the gorgeous wedding of a close friend. It was a warm and wonderful gathering, and I was honoured to be the MC. I was also completely unprepared. This was ok… as an improvisor I sometimes … Continue reading

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Sad story – a poem

It’s a sad story when it’s all about you all that we say and all that we do it’s all about you and the story you tell to anyone who will listen, it’s sad and it’s all about you It’s … Continue reading

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Crossroads

There are times in your life you reach a crossroads. You’re forced to stop, consider which way you’re going to go, and it’s one or the other. And the consequences will be, well, even if just for that particular path … Continue reading

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The quality of the silences. Or: living the dream, living the nightmare, and unable to speak.

Most of my friends I see or speak to very infrequently. I mean, some of them, you might actually realistically say I almost never see or speak to them – once in three or five years, it might be. Some I … Continue reading

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And another year

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote anything here. I guess a glance at the last couple of posts might give a hint as to why… time is the most precious resource around here; there simply never seems to … Continue reading

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