No. I’m not a Belieber. Most definitely not. The first time I saw a video of his on television a few years ago I wanted to throw something at the TV. It was a case of instant, primal dislike as I have only felt a few times in my life. I didn’t even know who he was then. I’m only writing this because he’s performing in SA tonight and I read something about the performance on a news site this morning on which I felt the need to comment.
So, what can be so hair-raising that it would make me give free publicity to the Bieber? Continue reading “On Beliebing”
Yesterday evening at 8:30 South African time I became an uncle for the second time. No, please don’t offer any congratulations. That’s the whole point of this post. This morning I made the obligatory calls to my father and stepmother (their first grandchild) and to my step-sister and brother-in-law to offer my congratulations. Then my wife asked a very intriguing question: For what am I congratulating them? What did they achieve? Continue reading “On Congratulations”
I haven’t blogged anything in a while and saw this DPchallenge and thought it’s as good a topic as anything to help me jump back in. The question today is, does watching violence on television and in movies inspire violent behavior in real life. Continue reading “On Violence”
If there’s one thing that I consider non-negotiable in life, it’s respect. Working with young people on a daily basis I feel it especially important to teach them how to show respect. I also find it heartbreaking that society apparently no longer sees respect as a necessary value. We no longer respect our governments, laws, traffic regulations, parents, children, authority figures, people who serve, each other. Continue reading “On Respect”