Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This between him and Cyril Ramaphosa at a TRC hearing:
Chairperson, Mr Ronnie Kasrils is sitting right next to me. For some reason or other, he believes that his freedom of speech for the moment has been completely curtailed in this Commission and he is boiling inside and would like to respond to those two questions because he was much more directly involved with those two. I don't know whether he is permitted or that should stand until he makes his own statement.
Desmond Tutu (Chairperson):
He will be speaking. We suggest that he reduces his temperature.And these instructions as to the use of the translating headphones:
May I also, ahead of time, express our appreciation to those who help us by providing translation and now that I talk about translation, yes, all right I will, I'm being given wonderful signals over there. As you know these are headphones. For those who don't know the 11 official languages of this country, you may use one of these. Xhosa will be heard on channel three and English will be heard on channel two and please do not remove these things from the venue. They bite! Once you leave the venue with these things it turns into something horrible, a monstrous thing that hurts you.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself , and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thomas Merton - Thoughts in Solitude
Monday, February 21, 2011
The thing with both the PhD and Greek is that they have become computer problems and techie stuff absorbs me. For the Greek I have now loaded Moodle onto my laptop hoping that I can do more interesting things with it. So far so good, but I can't get things to work quite like I want them to!
For the PhD I need to do searches on HTML files and Windows Explorer is not behaving quite as expected - I'm itching to get to grips with the problem and the content of the files . . . but not until I've finished Chapter 10 of the Greek.
Life could be worse and God is good!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
We divided the grass at the family house in Pietermaritzburg into three sections as my son was not coping with looking after it all and I mowed my third.
Two hours of ironing (while downloading 160Mb of data for my PhD and listening to Matt Redman).
One hour of waiting for netball to start at SMMS and then half an hour of energetic playing.
Started looking through the PhD data and then persuaded by my second daughter to do our 5km run up the hills and through the forest (in the rain and hence mud!)
Could be worse!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
I couldn't carry twenty books, but I have taken out ten. I feel RICH!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
I have being trying to figure out how to improve my Zulu. Last year I had a particular strategy which worked reasonably well. This year I thought that I would have a go at writing an inspirational Christian blog in Zulu. I will try to post once a week . . .
Here is my first post - only slightly modified by one of my colleagues. Singukukhanya.
(Yes, I am pleased with myself!!)
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Phakamisa yesterday went very well. We had a total of 29 pre-school teachers in two classes. I watched them colouring in pictures with pencil crayons. I spoke to one old lady and said something about the fact that she could never have gone to pre-school and that she was catching up now. She was pleased and excited to be able to go home and show her children what she was learning!
I have been moved away from Brentwood, but I don't know where I will be going. I am quite sad about leaving Brentwood - I wish there was some way that I could have carried on there, but I know that the time is right to go. Maybe I'll blog about that a bit more later.
Monday, February 07, 2011
This is a little spark. Training happens one day every two weeks. We will train between 30 and 40 people. A tiny centre in the relatively small town of Pietermaritzburg.
But what we see is the potential. To run more training courses in the future. To provide different sorts of training. And of course, each trained teacher goes back into their communities with new found knowledge and hopefully a sense of being loved and that there is a living saviour called Jesus.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I'm a little stressed because I'm not quite keeping up with my personal survival goals. Weekends have been catch up times for the last two weeks. But I think this is because I am have been very tired. It amazes me that I can basically sit and do nothing (well listen to lectures) and then be exhausted at the end of the day. I seriously wondered if I was getting too old for this and then my daughter started orientation at UKZN - and came home exhausted. So I'm looking forward to a bit more control of my time and a bit more quiet space in the weeks ahead.
Friday, February 04, 2011
I still need to put a song into powerpoint for the Covenant Service this afternoon, because the one I chose earlier turns out to be nonsense!! The verses that aren't in English don't make sense.
I promised to go past Metro Methodist Church and do some stuff for Phakamisa,
I need to send smses to all those registered for the Phakamisa courses which start on Monday - awesome!
Two emails to write.
I'm still a bit in limbo for my programme for this year at seminary. But some things are becoming clear . . . and I have some space for a while to get going with PhD studies and Greek 2. Oh yes, I must also read through last year's Greek notes this weekend!
God is good!
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Stop. Analyse. Could I have done differently? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. But then I get into a spin and wonder if I am making excuses for myself . . . get into more of a spin. Know that the best thing is to get some sleep and a fresh perspective!