1. Mary Lou van Schaik

    Crossing the threshold

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    June was my birthday month. This year was significant, as I crossed the threshold into a new decade, my 70s. The weeks leading up to the day found me preoccupied with the weight the number 70 carried. Already a long life, when compared to my Dad and my brother’s deaths...
  2. Mary Lou van Schaik

    Time to savour the familiar

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    I don’t know if it’s the pandemic or just aging, but I find my sense of time shifting. No longer are my eyes fixed firmly on the future. Things that used to preoccupy me—goals, plans, even a sense of purpose—have faded away. It’s as if my eyes have swung away...