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Parenting, Coffee

Sometimes I say things like "this cup of coffee saved my life" and people think I'm joking.

by Rian van der Merwe

Cape town — Like most parents with young kids, every day is an early start for me. Even so, 4:45am feels a little excessive. And that’s what time today started. To make matters even more… challenging… my wife and her sister was on a much-needed weekend away, so I was solo parenting. I couldn’t even resent her for it, because it really was a long time coming, and they’ve been planning the getaway for month...


An unexpected coffee with my daughter

by Rian van der Merwe

Cape town — It’s not that I didn’t always have a strong connection with my eldest daughter. It’s just that recently, as she’s running headlong into her fifth year of life, we’ve started to connect in ways I didn’...

Cancer, Family

Excellence in Cancer Care.

by Rian van der Merwe

Cape town — Everyone who comes here is dying. Well, yes, I know we’re all dying. But at GVI Oncology dying is not a thing that’s going to happen at some point in the future. Here, dying is now. It’s something tha...

nature, summer

I saw a whale today

by David du Plessis

Cape town — I’m about to experience summer in Cape Town for the first time in a decade. Cape Town in summer has a special quality of light, heat, and colour – a beauty that is unbearable at times. I’ve come to un...

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