Monthly Archives: June 2017


Thought for the Day 30 June, 2017

Thought for the Day 30 June 2017 Another working week gone and another half year at the same time – gone. Time flies when you’re having fun, they say. Who is “they”? I’ve often wondered about that. If it was me talking, I’d probably say “Time flies faster when you are very young or getting old.” So does that mean that I’m not one of the “they” people? Or just that time doesn’t fly for […]


Thought for the Day 29 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 29 June 2017 Over the last weeks and months, I have been watching the almost unbelievable antics of certain humans around the world. We have, of course got the insanity of our “State Capture” as the ultimate expression of greed, immorality and insanity. Does nobody who’s been captured understand that they are killing the goose that lays the golden egg? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what […]


Thought for the Day 28 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 28 June 2017   I’ve had a strange couple of weeks in terms of my work, because I’ve had lots of other things I’ve had to do. As a result, my work is not up to date according to my schedule and I’ve not been able to focus on anything for decent periods of time. Of course, this has been very disruptive to my progress and I’m feeling a little […]


Thought for the Day 27 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 27 June 2017 Today I did a review of my financial plan. I was discussing investments, (Not many and not much money) life insurances, (Not enough) bank accounts (Local and Overseas) and I was told that all of this stuff must be declared in my tax returns. (Big Brother is watching little old me and he’ll come and get me if I don’t.) Here I am, sixty nine years young and […]


Thought for the Day 26 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 26 June 2017 I sat down this morning to write my Flash Fiction story for this week and I had nothing. I mean that literally. I had no ideas at all. I sat thinking for about an hour – still nothing. I started to get frustrated and looked at some of the titles that I’ve thought of previously but not yet written about. None of them spoke to me today […]


Flash Fiction Post 35 – The Dream

Hi, everybody. Had a bit of a struggle thinking of today’s story so I hope you enjoy it. I have a couple of ideas for two more mystery thrillers. Did anybody have any comments or suggestions about my two new working titles of “Gunpowder, Treason and Plot”, and “Pilgrims Rest”. Would those titles intrigue you and tempt you to buy the books? If not please let me know what in a title makes you think […]


Thought for the Day 23 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 23 June 2017 Today, I must have slept well, because I had two thoughts so this is bonus Friday – two thoughts for the price of one. “Yay, Special Offer Friday!” The first thought is: “Two heads are better than one!” This thought is usually associated with solving problems or coming up with great ideas, where two people thinking together, often transcend the thinking capability of one mind alone. It […]


Thought for the Day 22 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 22 June 2017 Yesterday, I was planning to have a thought for the day about the Winter Solstice, because that is what June 21st is. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. To cut a long story short, I had a series of interruptions that had to be dealt with and a dinner in the evening. By the time all that was done, it […]


Thought for the Day 20 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 20 June 2017 My thought for today is: “It is said that a change is as good as a holiday – that’s true unless you are trying to implement that change!” Let me explain. But first some questions. Have you ever tried to implement a change in your family or at work? The change might be a change in the structure of the unit, like a new baby at home […]


Thought for the Day 19 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 19 June 2017 Did you ever wonder why it is that little kids, as soon as they can talk, start asking questions? And they keep on asking questions until their parents could go crazy. But if you watch adults, they ask much fewer questions. Is that because they know all the answers? No, I don’t think so. The answer to the question about kids is multi-faceted. First, their minds are […]


Flash Fiction Post 34 – The Highway

Afternoon, everybody. Hope you all had a great weekend. Look out for the next “Thought for the Day” a little later. I’m still busy with the marketing of my books. I’m setting up the infrastructure to automate a lot of tasks so that I can spend more time writing. I have a couple of ideas for two more mystery thrillers. I have given them working titles of “Gunpowder, Treason and Plot”, and “Pilgrims Rest”. Would […]


Thought for the Day 15 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 15 June 2017 I was a high school teacher for a while and I was frustrated that many students didn’t thirst after knowledge. I tried to use facts about the much higher success rate amongst people who had mastered a skill or a profession, compared to those who left school with a mediocre certificate or didn’t even get that far. But it was like pushing a piece of thin string […]


Thought for the day 14 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 14 June 2017 I have to be honest. I’ve had one of those days, where everything I tried to do hit a snag. So, I was very tempted to say that my thought for the day was that I haven’t had any thoughts that didn’t involve colorful language and all my pets avoiding me! You must have had those days too. Those “I should just have stayed in bed” days, […]


Thought for the Day 13 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 13 June 2017 Today, I was thinking about how people measure performance in work or in sport or in life. In politics, measurement seems to be contained in reports, minutes of committees, through Judicial Enquiries or, in the last resort, going to court. Of course, all of these are a complete waste of time and taxpayers’ money. They are the illusion of performance not the actuality. Unfortunately, this paper-based approach […]


Thought for the Day 12 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 12 June 2017 To start the week, I have a mathematical thought. But don’t worry. If you can count to twenty six and add numbers with your calculator, you’ll be fine. The thought is based on a simple code that I found, where the twenty six letters of the alphabet are paired with numbers one to twenty six. One is A, two is B and so on until twenty six […]


Flash Fiction Post 33 – The Man from AUNTI

Morning, all. Hope you all had a great weekend. Look out for the next “Thought for the Day” a little later. As I told you in a previous post, I’m currently tussling with the marketing of my books. The biggest issue is building an eMail list of people, who like my work and would be interested in buying books from me. So if you are enjoying some, or all, of my stuff join my Readers’ […]


Thought for the Day 9 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 9 June 2017 My thought for Friday is aimed at all of you who wish to be entrepreneurs. In a country like South Africa, where traditionally we relied heavily on gold and platinum as the backbone of our economy, we haven’t reacted well to changes in the world economy. Those two minerals are not as rock solid as they were before. And the job of extracting them from the ground […]


Thought for the Day 8 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 8 June, 2017 My next thought is one that has come to me many times through my life. I’d have expected not to need it any more, after all this time. But still I get caught out. I’m trying to get something done and I’m not coming right. Then I try and try and it’s still not coming right. At this point, if I’m lucky, the thought pops into my […]


Thought for the Day 7 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 7 June 2017 The thought for a chilly Wednesday in Johannesburg is not as obvious as some of the previous ones. You will have to think about the thought to understand its true meaning. So here it is: “The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others!” This thought is particularly relevant in this era of Social Media. With the internet, and all the supporting software for messaging […]


Thought for the Day 6 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 6 June 2017 My thought for today is something that we all should try to apply. However, we are surrounded by circumstances, people, policies and bureaucracies that conspire to prevent us from doing so. The thought is: “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line – so don’t be sidetracked by anything that is not goal focused.” I had a friend who often talked about “Busy Work”. This […]