Ah, the newness of the new year! New opportunities, new perspectives, new ideas…newness abounds. And we embrace it!
We welcomed-in the New Year from our campsite at Dragons Peak Holiday Resort in the beautiful Drakensburg mountains of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Good times relaxing and enjoying the scenery and company of family. Not as big a reunion and celebration as 2018, but a memory maker, nonetheless.
Here’s uncle Martin teaching the kids how to bait a pole, and taking them fishing. Then there’s the zebra and herd of horses that graced us with an early wake-up call and grazed outside our tents.
Unfortunately, the next scene isn’t so serene.
The tree we’re standing next to, in the picture above, decided to suddenly detach one of its limbs directly onto our car, just missing the tent where the kids were playing, and giving our Ruby a bit of a bang up. Thank God the back windshield didn’t break, or we would have had serious trouble driving through the colossal hail and thunderstorm that battered us on the way home. Ruby is all fixed up and better now, thanks to Outsurance and Hazyview Panel Beaters.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Of course, January also brought home-school back to the forefront. I am happy to say we have finally gotten into a decent groove with regard to curriculum and school routines. At least it’s getting smoother every term. You see, we don’t follow any outside curriculum, so it’s been trial-and-error, hit and miss these past three years that we’ve been homeschooling. It’s been a challenge, to say the least, especially with such grand upheavals for the kids as the death of their dad, and two international moves. Needless to say my psyche wasn’t left unscathed by these events either. It’s been a long road of healing, learning, and finding stability. If not for Cameron and our current lifestyle of simplicity and focused intent toward our mission, who knows where the children and I would be? I don’t think we could have kept up with homeschooling, that’s for sure.
CONGRATS TO TWO NEW YELLOW BELTERS!
Karate is now a solid part of the kids’ PE curriculum (we’ve also taken up swimming at the local rock pools. Cameron is their coach). At first I wrestled with the idea of the kids learning combat (as the song says, “Ain’t gonna study war no more.”) I still feel a bit uneasy about it, but the pros outweigh the cons. The elements of discipline, coordination, listening, connection with peers and other adults (especially necessary for home-schooled kids), and skill and confidence building is already evident. I don’t believe our children will ever use their skills in violent aggression, at least that’s what we’ve been teaching, but someday, those skills may prove invaluable. Plus, their involvement requires our involvement, and so we are getting to know more people within the Graskop community.
Happy 70th birthday Dad!
Thank you for all you are!
Open Mic at Canimambo
was a success. Decent turnout for the first time; good age range and variety, and best of all, everyone seemed to be enjoying it, even the owners. Next month they’re looking to include a moonlight market. Can’t wait!
I also had the opportunity to play some songs at Rider’s Rest Pub and Grub a week later, for their 9th birthday bash. I was invited by Courtney and Lella, both mentioned in back issues. It feels good to begin to become better acquainted with the local music tribe.
On the Omni front, Cameron has started putting together our Omni Handbook, which will be an exhaustive work (in more ways than one) including our constitution, bylaws, application process, and pretty much everything anyone needs to know about what we’re building. It may seem we’re doing things backward, and maybe we are, in comparison with how things are usually done. But neither of us has ever been “the-way-it’s-been-done” kind of people. It’s just how things are unfolding. We’re including the best precepts and particulars of all we’ve been learning, from land and business management to conflict resolution, to community values. If there’s one thing we’ll be, when the vision fully unfolds, it’s prepared.
As anticipated, the perfect connection has occurred, and we will be moving March 1st . What makes the move so perfect? Well, here are the things we asked to receive: 1) Three bedrooms (check); 2) to remain in Graskop (check); 3) the ability to garden (check); 4) someone who could use our help keeping up the place (check); 5) to come by personal recommendation (check); and BONUS 5) community with a like-minded landlord who loves to read and sew!
How perfect is that?
Other than that, there are more music and writing opportunities on the horizon (more on that below).
Looking out (or should it be “Shouting Out?”)
I’m pleased to introduce you to my new FB friend and fellow children’s book author, Ginny Stone. I met Ginny through a FB page called “The Writing Publishing Lodge, hosted by Tina Konstant. Ginny read my book, “On Point Polly,” and will be highlighting it in an upcoming blog of her own. Ginny Stone is well published, both in South Africa and abroad. With a poetic style, a bit like mine, Ginny appreciates rhythm and rhyme, and her topics speak to important life issues from HIV to Environmental protection, character building, to road safety. She is frequently a guest reader at schools, libraries and other venues, sharing her Sibo series. She has also published two anthologies of international stories covering topics of Gratitude and Kindness. She is now accepting submissions for a third anthology on Trust. I will be submitting a piece. March is the deadline for submissions.
Ginny’s latest book “The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen is a whimsical, modern day fairy story set in a real nature reserve in the middle of Pretoria, South Africa. Fairy life is abuzz with all sorts of comings and goings. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just plain crazy. Magical happenings woven into individual tales that all link up to create a delightful ending. Suitable for any age.” (Taken from online description).
Sounds like my kind of book (or should I say our?”). I’ve purchased the PDF and it’s on the reading-with-the-kids book list. Click the pic to purchase her book.
In other outward reaches…
You know that video we posted last month of “Our uBuntu Story?” Well, we had submitted two videos for the uBuntu Civics Academy, and this is the one that Anna-Mari has chosen to use. Both are on our You tube channel.
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
And that's what's up with Omni
Would you like to join our family? There are many ways that will be available to participate in this vision, whether living in community, volunteering, donating, investing, or purchasing our books. Think about it, pray about it, meditate on it. Listen to the leading of your heart.
Infinite Blessings to All!
Cameron and Leah Kirrane
The Omni Foundation
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