Blank mind; Blank screen

“Listen – are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
Mary Oliver

Today it is my turn to write a post here and have no idea on what to write. Having been sitting here for an hour or so, with coffee and trusty notebook at hand, I was no further forward in determining what to write about – Head weak; brain dumb; inspiration won’t come…

So once again I decided to look back on some of the posts from when I started blogging. On November 15, 2012 I wrote about Africa. I have always been fascinated by this continent..

I have written about Kuki Gallman, her fascination with the country, moving there with her new husband, his death and subsequently the death of her beloved son in A Life Being Well Lived And then, this conservationist was in turn shot by cattle raiders on her land. . Kuki Gallmann survived and still lives in Kenya. A movie was made of her life starring Kim Bassinger titled I dreamed of Africa

I read the book and loved the movie of Karen Blixen’s life in Africa – Out of Africa.

And now my fascination with and attraction to this continent is fuelled by Michael Stanley a duo of writers I follow in Murder is Everywhere.

But back to the blog post I wrote in November 2012 – I know this place

In that post I talked about how words, well written, can transport one to another place. Perhaps a place never visited but somehow you feel that you know it.

On that day I had discovered Eliza at VisionandVerbs. Unfortunately that Blog no longer exists and so I can’t transport you to a place where she lives and calls home. She has a small house with three stoeps from which she has a variety of views. She talked about the village some short distance away in which the coloured community live – shacks, old abandoned cars and children running wildly about. She compared this to the other nearby village. Here there were mainly white people, well maintained houses and gardens, and cars neatly parked away in garages.

Such a different life to mine-yours?

As her Blog can no longer be found, although I was. able to log onto it earlier today, I can’t follow this accomplished writer now.

JB January 5, 2022

9 thoughts on “Blank mind; Blank screen”

  1. It’s somehow a bit worrying when a favourite blogger just vanishes. Some I know have died, others announce they are stopping . but the one who just isn’t there anymore? Disturbing,

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    1. I hadn’t looked for this blogger for a while,that is until I came across my post earlier today. In the morning I was able to read her post again but by the time I was ready to publish my post she was no longer available. So now I wonder why it was available in the morning but not in the afternoon. More questions for this ancient mind to dwell upon. Thanks Cat for following and commenting

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  2. I’m glad to see you’ve written about Africa. Africa, my ancestral home. For far too long, I suffered from misconceptions about that most beautiful of continents. That continent that contains more than 30% of the world’s natual resources. That continent which is now being eyed by exploiters as the place to to rob, but not to support and enhance. I’ve developed an affinity for Africa in my latter days, which, in hindsight, I wish I had done decades ago. A number of my family members and I made our first trip to Africa (Ghana) during the Christmas/New Year holiday season ’19-’20. My wife and I will be going to South Africa this year, covid-19 permitting. I pray I can make more trips before I die.


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