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The road to Mecca

Those of you who have been fortunate enough to make the obligatory pilgrimage know what the long journey feels like and what it means when you have finally reached your destination. You also know that this spiritual journey can take years, and for most of us it takes a lifetime. I have chosen this title deliberately as a metaphor for the hard choices and the consequential journeys that many are faced with are taking today. These are difficult times. Even the most loyal and talented workers, unskilled, skilled, blue collar, professional, call them what you may, are given the dreaded pink slip. Continue Reading

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A food journey – towards eating, feeling and living better

A few years ago, just a day after the traditional fast had ended; I decided to make a few more epic changes in my life mainly to improve my chances for new opportunities going forward.

I also decided to do something about my health. Exercise was never going to be a problem, or so I thought. While I was never going to kill myself down at the local gym, let alone go there at all, I believed that regular, daily walks would do the trick. And on weekends, I would treat myself to a much longer walk along the lake or in the park.  Because I was so preoccupied with life at the time, I never took much time out to indulge in this pleasurable activity. Continue Reading