Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Death of P.W. Botha

He might look like a grandpa, and he might be but I knew him as P.W. Botha, the iron-fisted former white South African president.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - P.W. Botha, South Africa’s last hard-line white president, died Tuesday (Oct 31, 06), the South African Press Association reported. He was 90.

SAPA quoted security staff at his home on the southern Cape coast as saying that he died at 8 p.m. “Botha died at home, peacefully,” Capt. Frikkie Lucas said.

P.W. Botha led the country through its worst racial violence and deepest international isolation.
Read this at MSN

I am sad today, although I'm not sure how to feel. I do now that Nelson Mandela was an amazing president and made a huge difference in South African Politics and changed the worlds view on our country.

Monday, October 30, 2006

My Holoween Mask - by Chris Holohan

I think this is the best and most true mask I’ve ever heard being described, go read it… I’m serious, GO read it!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

T.V. Lovers

Standard Publishing come out with a series of books (7) I WANT TO TALK TO MY TEEN. Each book was written by a expert in it's field!

I got a few eye brow raising quotes out of I WANT TO TALK TO MY TEEN
about Movies, Music & More ~

70% of all shows and 77% of prime-time shows include some sexual content. These shows average 5 sexual scenes per hour
(Kaiser Family Foundation 05).

7 out of 10 teens have a TV in their bedrooms

According to USA today & Polly Klaas Foundation
85% of teens use the internet
82% of teens check emails
52% of teens send instant messages
(I think in South Africa this is more like 90%)

I’ll stop with this –
“Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth will speak!” Matt 12:34

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Knysna the Beautiful!

The name Knysna is a Khoi (one of the many languages spoken in S.A.) word but it's uncertain as to its exact meaning. It could mean 'place of wood', or it could mean 'fern leaves', but its most probable meaning is ‘straight down' - an obvious reference to the Heads.
Knysna is part of the Garden Route, has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers (Nov – Jan), and mild to chilly winters (May – Aug). It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean.
Knysna Heads must be the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline. They flank a deep but potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly pretty lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River.

The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places along the coast and in the world that supports a oyster hatchery. And the Knysna oysters are reputedly among the tastiest in the world.

Knysna's history began in the year 1804, the year that saw the arrival of George Rex, rumored to be the illegitimate son of King George lll. He purchased the estate known as Melkhoutkraal on the shores of the lagoon and moved his entire family and considerable entourage down to Knysna to settle.

If you want a first hand look at Knysna, you have to read Dalene Matthee’s book – Kringe in die Bos (Circles in the Forest). It is an amazing story of a white family who lost their son, and a brown woman who found a son. It is a great story that is rich in culture and full of elephants (due to the natural forest)!!! This book was written in 80's.

Knysna to me, is one of the most relaxing places. The people are friendly and all very excentric. There are small giftshops and tea gardens... Bed and Breakfast places around every corner. I would go there right now if I could! You'll Love It Statia (and you will not want to return).

Monday, October 16, 2006

To Own a Dragon!

I recently finished Donald Millers latest book – To own a dragon.

Martin read it first and left it on the coffee table in our living room and made me promise I’ll read it before I hand it over to the bookshelf. We’ll I did, and loved it.

Don (as you get to know him through the book) does a great job of putting his thoughts on paper, if you have a scar somewhere because of your father this is a great book to read. Don has an extreme case of father neglect (my definition), and this book came out of a healing time for him.

Quotes that raised the hair on my neck (from www.belmontfoundation.org):
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes – 5 times the average (U.S. dept. of Health/census.)
85% of all children who show behavior disorders came from fatherless homes – 20 times the average (center of disease control)
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average (national principals ass. Report)
85% of all youth’s in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average (Fulton Co. GA, TX dept. of correction)