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Author: Allen Versfeld

War. Can it be ended?

The other day my brother and my wife were arguing about war.  One felt that war was something to be understood and managed, a sort of necessary evil that often achieved positive ends.  The other felt that war was never justifiable or desirable.  One pointed out that, in the case of the second world war, simply not fighting and allowing…

Getting Things Done

It took a while to get it out the door, but the fifth episode of the Now Look Here podcast is finally out! The fact that it is almost a full week late is ironic, and you may now begin laughing, because Cathrine leads us on a discussion about ways of getting things done.  Scheduling, procrastination, multi-taking, these are things…

Taking the Leap of Faith

Sometimes you find yourself forced to make a leap of faith.  Two of the most obvious challenges facing parents of many kids, like Cath and I, are time and money.  As we touched on in the previous episode, each child requires a certain amount of attention, as well as feeding, schooling, clothing, educating, medicating, and a myriad other things that…

Public response to tragedy: The five stages

The recent attacks in Paris (and so many other cities around the world, before and after) shocked the world, in the way that only terrorist attacks do.  But as the days passed, while people mourned, looked for somebody to blame, or swore revenge, I noticed a pattern in how the public responds to tragedy.  I’ve noticed these common threads form over…

On having five kids

Welcome to the third episode of the Now Look Here podcast, in which your hosts reveal themselves to be the parents of five kids, even though they are not Catholic, do know about contraception and do have other ways to entertain themselves! Having five kids is hard, but it has its benefits.  All those cute little smiles around the breakfast…

Who’s afraid of the Weeping Angels?

One of the most popular episodes in Doctor Who was “Blink”, featuring practically no Doctor, and a new, terrifying species of alien monster called the Weeping Angels.  In our first ever podcast, we look at the episode and ask “So are they really that scary?”.  And then we wander off topic and discuss everything BUT Doctor Who… On a technical…

It’s time to give up on Punctuality

The other day, I had to do business with somebody who was very concerned with punctuality.  He was adamant that, of all the things somebody could bring to their meeting, the time of arrival was the only one that counted.  Whenever somebody was late, he would prattle on about how “Punctuation is the essence of courtesy”.  Watching him constantly checking his…

Starting a blog

Hi! Ever read some bit of news or hear somebody’s opinion, and get to thinking about it?  Every chew on it for a while, share your conclusions with those closest to you and thought “Man, I should be starting a blog!” Me too.  So that’s what I did. So I’m a white male South African who’s life straddles the old and…