Tie yourself to the mast and hang on

Author: AM Scott Greek mythology has it that Odysseus was terrified of the beautiful island creatures called “sirens” that beckoned sailors on passing ships to their death with their irresistible songs. So he ordered his men to stuff their ears with wax and bind him to the ship’s mast. He commanded his sailors not to…

Give them the keys, why don’t you?

Author AM Scott “A very little key opens a very heavy door.”  – Charles Dickens Key {noun} : a piece of metal cut into a specific shape and used for opening or closing a lock. Keys open things up. Keys access ideas, places and spaces. Keys keep belongings safe. Keys start an engine. Keys are…

Lessons from London

Author: AM Scott The bright, red bus lurched and lumbered as it wended its way down the windy, narrow streets of London. Tired passengers, some carrying heavy bags or pushing tetchy toddlers, bumbled on board, swiping their Oyster cards motorically. No greetings. No smiles. Life, it seemed, was not an opportunity for connection with others….

Yesterday is heavy, put it down

Author: A M Scott There is a lesser told tale about a sage and his ‘padawan’ who journeyed together to a distant retreat, somewhere outside of Knysna, the one learning from the other as they went. They walked much, spoke little, and updated their social media feed often, like mindful sages and bloggers do. A…

Sitting on a cactus

Sitting on a cactus Author: A M Scott Raising a child can be rosy but raising a child with learning difficulties can be like handling a cactus at times. A bouquet of roses offers a soft scent and bursts of colour. The blooms gently unfold as the flowers are watered, fed and sheltered. People spot…

Stop. Think.

Author: A M Scott Globalisation has its positive and negative effects. Technology has pros and cons. Nothing is black or white and everything is a shade of grey. Photographs are no longer hard evidence of a true event. What we knew yesterday we are not sure of today. What waits for us in the future…

Run your heart out. Just do it.

BAM! Your baby is born and, prepared as you thought you were, life as a parent is nothing like you had expected. You had a notion that your adventure would be something of a Park Run, but instead it’s the Comrades at best and a trail run most of the time. All the pastel blue…

Punching holes in the darkness

Author: A M Scott In the 19th Century, an evening routine in a European city likely included the diligent lighting of lamps in the streets. Armed with ladders and torches, lamplighters would set about lighting lamps so that flames would burn into the night illuminating the path or passage, expelling darkness for the evening hours….

Tigger, squirrels and things to think about – an ADHD backstory

Author: A M Scott We all know Tigger. He is the overly exuberant, obliviously happy, irritatingly irresponsible and often trouble-making tiger friend of Winnie the Pooh. Known for his bounce, especially into the ‘personal bubble’ of others, he is characterised as energetic, outgoing, fun-loving and overconfident. He rarely sits still and is always running, climbing,…

What really interests us

Author: A M Scott Change is a good thing but it is well known that education embraces change as swiftly as a glacier, moving in a frozen sea, a record breaking slow speeds. Trending in education across the globe are concepts like collaborative learning groups, child-led education, neuro-cognition, brain plasticity, inquiry based learning, project based…

Finding your Marigold and avoiding the Walnut trees

Author: A M Scott Familiar to experienced gardeners, perhaps those who have an interest in vegetables particularly, is a concept called companion planting. Companion planting involves placing certain vegetables and plants near each other to improve growth for one or both plants. By way of example, rose propagators might plant garlic near rose bushes because…