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Dr Wayne W Dyer and coauthor Dee Garnes had often talked about how the ones who know the most about God are our infants and toddlers. In fact Dee had an interaction with her own young son that convinced her of this. Curious about the phenomenon, Wayne and Dee issued an invitation to parents to share their experiences. The overwhelming response they received prompted them to put together Memories of Heaven: Children’s astounding recollections of the time before they came to Earth (Hay House Inc). It includes interesting stories in which very young children speak about their remembrances of life before they were born.
How to Love Yourself (and sometimes other people) (Hay House Inc) is a smart, hip guide for spiritual seekers who want to experience more love and stability in all forms of relationships. Told from thevantage points of authors Meggan Watterson and Lodro Rinzler, the book explores staying anchored in the foundation of selflove as you navigate the natural (and often stormy) cycle of a relationship. They cover everything from sex, selfworth, falling in (and out of) love and deep friendship to breakups— and how to maintain an open heart through it all
LOCAL IS LEKKER
‘There are many suns,’ he said. ‘Each day has its own. Some are small, some are big. I’m named after the small ones.’ It is 1903. A lame and frail Malangana – ‘Little Suns’ – searches for his beloved Mthwakazi after many years in Lesotho. He fell in love with her 20 years earlier, before the assassination of Hamilton Hope ripped the two of them apart. Intertwined with Malangana’s story is the account of Hope – a colonial magistrate who, in the late 19th century, undermined the local kingdoms of the Eastern Cape to bring them under the control of the British. It was he who wanted to coerce Malangana’s king and his people, the amaMpondomise, into joining his battle – a scheme Malangana’s conscience could not allow. Zakes Mda’s new novel Little Suns (Umuzi) weaves the true events surrounding the death of Magistrate Hope into a touching story of love and perseverance that can transcend exile and strife.
A MUST READ
In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, 30-year-old Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker thanks André Brink, a young novelist of 28, for flowers and a letter he sent her. In the more than 200 letters that followed this telegram, one of South African literature’s most famous love affairs unfolds. Jonker’s final letter to Brink is dated 18 April 1965. She drowned herself in the ocean at Three Anchor Bay three months later. More than 50 years on, this poignant, often stormy relationship still grips the reader’s imagination. In December 2014, three months before his death on 6 February 2015, André Brink offered these never-before-seen letters, as well as personal photographs, for publication. Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker (Umuzi) is a must-have for book lovers and lovers alike.
The Affirmations Colouring Book and Notes From The Universe Colouring book (Hay House Inc) are colouring books with a difference. Apart from having gorgeous designs to colour in to your hearts’ content, they also contain affirmations and inspirational snippets.
Roxette’s XXX – The 30th Year Anniversary Tour (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban) has been celebrated by critics and fans all over the world. The band returns to South Africa with four arena shows. Tickets available via Computicket.com
31 January – 8 February 2016
5 MINUTES WITH Jane Griffiths
Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening (Jonathan Ball) has city dwellers getting their hands dirty, going green and growing vegetables in every available nook and cranny. South Africa’s organic gardening guru, Jane Griffiths, shows you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space, with her latest book.
What sparked your passion?
I began growing my own food in my early 30s after I visited a friend in California whose garden was bursting with chillies. It was the first time I had seen red, yellow, purple, brown, and orange chillies in such a huge variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Although I didn’t have my own vegetable garden I was so inspired by this rainbow vision I bought a packet of every variety of chilli seed I could lay my hands on. Back home I removed a section of lawn, dug in some compost, scattered the seeds and sat back to watch my chillies grow. That summer I had about 20 varieties of chillies growing in my garden and quickly earned the nickname of Chilli Queen. This was the beginning of a passion that has never abated. My vegetable garden today is about 60 square metres and I have herbs and fruit throughout my garden. At last count there were 24 different varieties of fruit growing – in the middle of Johannesburg!
Have you had any gardening misadventures you’re willing to tell us about…
I’ve made many gardening errors and have hopefully learned from them! Such as the time I went into the garden early one morning and spied a flush of new growth. Thinking it was weeds I started pulling them out. I had already cleared more than half the bed before the realisation dawned that I had sown Asian green seeds there the week before. I began keeping a garden diary after that mishap.
What advice do you have for beginners?
Start small with one bed or a couple of containers and choose easy vegetables such as beans, cherry tomatoes, rocket and spring onions. Learn how to manage your time and your garden before you increase the space.
What are your favourite plants to grow?
It depends on the season but I tend to choose plants that give good return for the amount of space they take up. Broccoli for example, will continue to bear small side shoots for months after cutting the main head off. I usually have some Asian greens growing as you can harvest their leaves for weeks and weeks.
What’s your biggest wish for the future of urban gardening?
I’d love to see more urbanites reinventing the neglected areas in our cities and turning them into edible oases. My new book shows how we can take city spaces and convert them into productive food gardens. Urban farming is going to supply the food of our future. If each and every one of us takes a small step towards becoming more responsible urban farmers – whether it’s growing herbs on our windowsill, contributing kitchen waste to a community compost pile or harvesting rainwater – we will all be better off.
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