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Human Rights Day in South Africa

  |   Blog, What I'm Thinking

March 21, 1960 is a date deeply inscribed on the memories and hearts of South Africans. The events of that day, which have come to be known as the Sharpeville Massacre, spoke of unforgettable horror: the South African police opening fire on black protesters demonstrating...

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Writing About Love

  |   Blog, On Writing, What I'm Thinking

What is on a writer’s mind as he writes about love between his characters? I’ve been asked this question numerous times by book clubs.You might ask the same question about any number of topics. What goes through your mind as you write about eating chocolate?...

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Change That Matters

  |   Blog, On Writing, What I'm Thinking

When I wrote Bloodlines, I knew how important good teachers were to the future of South Africa, but I couldn’t have known how long the shortage of good teachers would last; or how long it would take to train enough of them to fill every...

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An Expat Thanksgiving

  |   Blog, On Writing, What I'm Thinking

I try to live in gratitude. Sometimes I'm more successful than others. I know I'm succeeding when I find myself humming in a traffic jam, exulting in the particular greyness of a lowering sky, or enjoying the enforced moment to slow down while waiting and...

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Future Challenges of South Africa

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In the last two years, I have spoken at all three Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in Greater Boston–@Tufts University, @UMass Boston and @Brandeis University (BOLLI).  At each talk, participants have asked me: “Given all of the challenges facing South Africa, what is the future of...

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