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Thought for the Day 26 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 26 October 2017 Today, I have been thinking about humor. Over the years I have noticed that the presentation of humor has changed. In the nineteen fifties and sixties slapstick was perhaps the most popular sort and it has survived until today through comics like Jim Carrey. His comedy is very similar to the stuff Jerry Lewis did back in the day. Some of the late night shows of the sixties […]


Thought for the Day 19 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 19 October 2017 I’d like to start my thought for today with a little story called “The three envelopes”. It was told to me when I had become senior enough to become involved in the politics that are all too common in organizations of all sizes beyond one-man-bands. Once upon a time there was a senior manager in an organization. He’d been there for a while and had done pretty well, […]


Thought for the Day 12 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 12 October 2017 I noticed that the Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC has appealed to national government for assistance with the clean-up following the severe storm that hit the province this week. It would be really nice if our esteemed leaders planned ahead and put in the infrastructure for managing such events instead of complaining about the damage afterwards. We see the same inadequacy in the infrastructure for coping with floods, fires, […]


Thought for the Day 5 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 5 October 2017 Today I have decided to stay on the lighter side of life. But a word of warning. This thought may offend more sensitive readers. So if you don’t like stuff that refers to body parts, I suggest you read something else. Have all of you gone yet? – OK, here’s the thing. I came across an old story from sometime in my dim and distant past that goes […]


Thought for the Day 28 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 28 September 2017 My last few thoughts have been a bit heavy, so today I will take my own often offered advice and “lighten up”. I have been pondering, why it is that when I relax, my tummy just naturally takes up the “beer belly” look even after hours and hours of strenuous ABS workouts at the gym. It seems so unfair that the muscles don’t have any discipline when I […]


Thought for the Day 21 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 21 September 2017 Did you ever wonder about democracy? Here are some questions I’ve been asking. Is it a good system or not? Is South Africa really a democracy? If it is a good basic approach, are we implementing it properly? And the most important question of all is my thought for today. “If democracy really is the answer, are politicians the best people to implement it?” I hate sweeping generalizations […]


Thought for the Day 14 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 14 September 2017 I woke up this morning with the word “profound” in my head. Where it came from I don’t know, but I took it as a sign that I should come up with something profound for my thought for today. Just to make sure I understood what this word means I looked it up. I got the following: ‘very great or intense’; ‘severe’; ‘showing great knowledge or insight’ and […]


Thought for the Day 7 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 7 September 2017 Politics is a dirty business. Cyril R. announces that he is a candidate for president of the ANC and his supporters cheer. His opponents do not take him on by debating his policies or his intelligence or his abilities or his successes. No – they immediately try to smear him by launching suggestions that he has had one (or more) affairs. Showing his character, he doesn’t run and […]


Thought for the Day 31 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 31 August 2017 I was in my garden this morning and I realized that it was warm and the tress were starting to show new leaf growth. My brain immediately dredged up a silly jingle I knew as a kid, and that is my thought for today: “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the birdies is?” It’s really odd how the mind works, but the jingle is […]


Thought for the Day 24 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 24 August 2017 Many of you may have heard of Abraham Maslow, who originated the Maslow Hierarchy of needs in the 1940’s. This hierarchy is most often used by behavior theorists to explain motivation. But Maslow also had a less known idea called the “law of the instrument”, which is also called “Maslow’s Hammer”. This idea is paraphrased in my thought for today as: “If the only tool you have is […]


Thought for the Day 18 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 18 August 2017 “Thoughtful Thursday” usurped Friday’s title yesterday. So I had “Frantic Thursday” instead. Today I must therefore put “Frantic Friday” back in its box and do “Thoughtful Friday”. (For one week only I hope!) But yesterday’s experience got me thinking about how difficult it is to stick to plans, no matter how well you develop them. Something else always seems to come up that has to be done right […]


Thought for the Day 9 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 9 August 2017 After the vote, yesterday, I feel vindicated at my opinion that politicians are a waste of space, time and oxygen. Yet again the ANC made the wrong decision in supporting a corrupt and dangerous impediment to their own future. They seem incapable of understanding that following a party line is not a sign of solidarity if the party line is indefensible – it is a sign of downright […]


Thought for the Day 8 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 8 August 2017 I’m feeling like a failure as a predictor of events. I got the winners of the Super Rugby Final and the SA vs England test wrong. And, I was sure the Speaker of the House would decide against a secret ballot in the vote of no confidence in Jacob Zuma. I’m very tempted to predict that the vote in the ballot will be resoundingly against the vote of […]


Thought for the Day 7 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 7 August 2017 I remember well, the lead up to the 1994 first democratic elections in South Africa. Nelson Mandela had been released and he and his leaders, with the cooperation and support of F.W de Klerk’s government, had created an unrivaled feeling of optimism in the country. The slogan “The Rainbow Nation’ had embraced the idea of a multi-racial, multi-cultural environment, which would harness the synergies of all people working […]


Thought for the Day 4 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 4 August 2017 Today I was wondering what makes the difference between winners and losers. Obviously, being a sports fan, I am looking forward to the last Test Match between SA and England at cricket and the Super Rugby final between the Lions and the Crusaders. All four teams have their share of great players and, on their day, I think any winner is possible. SA and England have both won […]


Thought for the Day 2 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 2 August 2017 First of all here are the answers to yesterday’s puzzles. Puzzle 1: I’ve got two jugs: A) 11 liter, B) 6 liter. How can I measure out exactly 9 liters? Solution Puzzle 1: 12 steps Step:                     1              2              3              4              5              6              7              8              9              10           11 11 Liter jug           11           5              5              0              11           10           10            4              4              0              11 6 liter jug              0              6             0              5              5              […]


Thought for the Day 1 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 1 August 2017 Today I thought that you should do some thinking so I found some puzzles. Puzzle 1: I’ve got two jugs: A) 11 liter, B) 6 liter. How can I measure out exactly 9 liters? Puzzle 2: On a dark night Bert and Betty were sitting together. Bert was watching a soccer match on TV while his wife Betty was reading a novel. Suddenly the power went out and […]


Thought for the Day 31 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 31 July 2017 The recent outbreaks or, at least discoveries, of racialism has once again reminded me just how retarded some people are. Such behavior is obviously unacceptable but it is also incomprehensible for any reasonably open-minded and educated individual. Do these people not know that there is only one species of human being? Do they not know that we all share the same DNA? Do they not know that racial […]


Thought for the Day 28 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 28 July 2017 Better late than never for yesterday. I was busy with other things and, in the background, my mind turned to the topic of why dogs will often take an instant liking or disliking to particular people. “This is a trivial topic,” I hear you say. “Why would anyone think about that?” I can think of several reasons. First I wrote, once before, about curiosity and I must admit […]


Thought for the Day 27 July, 2017

Thought for the Day 27 July 2017 Today, I remembered a little used style of poem that used to be popular. They are called Limericks. Here’s an example. “There was an old lady from Ryde. Who ate some green apples and died. The apples fermented inside the lamented. And made cider inside her inside.” These types of poems can be used in many places like greetings cards, or posts on social media, or Blogs or, […]