Author: Dr. Roze Phillips

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It is said that words are the clothes our thoughts wear. It is day 200 of lockdown in South Africa and I am reminded of my thoughts on Day zero, when I ventured with the rest of South Africa into unchartered territory. I wrote then: “As I leave the office, President Ramaphosa is on television, […]

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The Great Pause is over. South Africa is again open for business (cautiously).  For the extroverts among us, this is bliss. For months they had to replace going outside with going inside. For the introverts it is time to leave the sanctuary of self.  Most of us are looking forward to winning again. We are […]

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Fear is my gravity! I fear snakes, spiders, failure, even fear itself. But what I fear most of all, is not living my best life. These past few months, my husband’s daily brush with death as he heads off to hospital, has been a constant reminder of how precious and equally fragile life is. While […]

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The phrase of 2020 has to be “You are on mute!”. Our muting and unmuting proficiency has been sorely tested during this period of remote working and many of us have been found wanting. I have personally found myself waxing lyrical on a call, only to find I was talking to myself. We all good-humouredly […]

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Today I notice the trees shedding their leaves. Autumn has come – another reminder of the passing of time. Time that will, like the falling Autumn leaves, never return again.  I have been so busy tuning my microscope – focusing on the tiny pixel of the here and now, I have forgotten to dust off […]

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta passed away 5 days after Lady Diana did. I remember at the time feeling so sad that seemingly her passing was ‘overshadowed’ by that of Lady Diana, a very high profile celebrity. I concluded that it was probably exactly as she would have wanted it. Her humility carried her quietly away […]

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How things have changed… The necessary has become unnecessary  The unnecessary has become necessary Clean has become cleanse  Creativity replaced activity Doing has become being Your health has become your wealth  Purpose has replaced profit Alone has become together  Distance has become presence Stranger has become friend Your family has become your fortune  Ecosystem replaced […]

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Anyone who has had a general anaesthetic knows that feeling of a complete gap in time. You have no idea if you just blinked or slept for hours or days. Last you remember you counted back from 10…. and nothing else until next you open your eyes.  A journalist, doing a story on near death […]

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It is said that youth is wasted on the young. So are those prescribed books forced on us at school. Which teenager really understands the deeper meaning behind Wuthering Heights or what Shakespeare truly meant to say in Hamlet? And if you did, could you really relate to it in any way?  That is how […]

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The elders in my family are an unsympathetic bunch. I tried to complain about the virus and lockdown, but it fell on deaf ears.  I complained to my Mom about having to travel with a permit through roadblocks. She reminded me that my Grandfather had to carry a dompas at all times most of his […]

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