Monthly Archives: May 2013

Luhambo: One month on this journey.

by Elizabeth Viljoen. On May 1 we published the first essay of this journal. During this month, and during the time that we contemplated the idea, the editors, contributors, and some of the readers became friends. If nothing else, I will always treasure these new circles of friends. I will treasure how people encouraged one […]

Grandmothers in Namibia, a Friday thought.

by Elizabeth Viljoen. Being a part time teacher at a small school, I love these words by Andy Crouch in Culture Making:  Why aren’t we known as cultivators – people who tend and nourish what is best of what people before us have done? Why aren’t we known as creators – people who dare to […]

The Art of Place: Longing and Belonging

by Siobhan Passmore. I miss the warmth. I miss the easiness of the people. There’s a slight swish to people’s walk back home that just doesn’t happen here. People here are solid, serious.  They seem so rooted, stoic, and unsmiling. But when you talk to them you realize that they aren’t really rooted to the […]

Journey indeed: Love

by Jeremy Lucas. “How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep…that have taken hold.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the […]

Brahms, Bartok, Rembrandt and Gainsborough

by Siobhan Passmore. Brahms, Bartok, Rembrandt and Gainsborough – all within ten days? What a privilege! Within the last week or so I’ve listened to a great orchestra perform Brahms’ First Symphony, a world-class soloist perform Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and I stood in front of Rembrandt’s famous self-portrait and works by Gainsborough and Reynolds. […]

The Art of Place: Thank you, c. johan bakkes

by Alida van der Walt. I am not clever enough to excogitate legends and fables – everything written here, is the gospel truth, as seen through my eyes. That is how it should be, because that is life…  I stumble into the class, fed up, my feet dragging. A firing squad of thirty five curious eyes […]

The Art of Place: A Long Journey

by Aletta Marshall. I was pondering on writing a short chapter about our time in the UK.  Moving to the Northern Hemisphere was a bold decision that came about as an unexpected opportunity presented when Sandy’s parents visited us from the UK, at the end of 2009.  His mother suggested that we looked into the possibility that […]

The Art of Place: The flittering waxbills

by Elizabeth Viljoen (Editor’s Note). for Nicole She slumps down on the easy chair in the corner, heavy with pain she’s not used to. Today she can’t care about the worries of the world – the girl in her classroom who struggles to focus because she’s hungry, her daughter’s friend who’s freaking out because her mother […]

The Art of Place: Copper

by Daneel Ferreira The human condition is much like the life of a copper plate. A copper plate starts off as a pile of junk rock taken from the earth. This pile of junk then goes through the processes of smelting, formation, heating, cooling, crushing, heating, cooling, and crushing again to become a valuable commodity. The […]

Luhambo: more about this journal

by Elizabeth Viljoen. This journal is the brainchild of Siobhan Passmore and Elizabeth Viljoen, and some of our friends, all having a strong interest in human rights, social justice, language, music, art, science, and nature. Critical thinking and discussion will play a large part in the life of this journal. We are not only looking […]