Book Review: Greening of the Self ~ Joanna Macy

Greening of the SelfGreening of the Self by Joanna Macy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This paper was a taste-test for me as I have two of Joanna Macy’s books on their way. I watched a video a few months back on “The Great Turning” and was blown away by the insight and knowledge that Macy brings to the table. The concept of eco Buddhism and living systems theory piqued my interest. ‘Greening of the Self’ makes me want to explore more knowledge in the quest to be a better citizen of Mother Earth, and in how I can further harness my contributions to the planet.

Book Review: Norwegian Wood ~ Haruki Murakami

Norwegian WoodNorwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found Murakami’s writing style to be thought-provoking and fascinating because the words chosen for the translation are unique and very different in the way they symbolise the subject of love. It reveals subtle nuances in the symbolism that is very different and uncommon when compared to UK English and American English writing styles. The novel was endearing and the characters especially quirky. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Book Review: The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan W. Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of AnxietyThe Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan W. Watts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing book filled to the brim with real insight and wisdom about how an anxious life is due to the split of body from one’s mind. If you are struggling to get to grips with the fast pace of life and want a practical look at why re-integrating mind and body is so important – this book is a must-read! This is definitely a book I’m going to have to dip into again and again because of the depth of knowledge.

Book Review: The Satanic Verses ~ Salman Rushdie

The Satanic VersesThe Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a hard read because I have very little frame of reference of Islam or the story of the prophet Mohammed to lean on. The story is difficult to follow at times, but the literary genius that is Rushdie echoes in every crevice of the religious politicking that is The Satanic Verses. I enjoyed the descriptive writing that makes reference to books by some contemporary Indian poets and writers, which is a treat to see in New World English literature. I found the dichotomy of the two central characters to be fascinating and illuminating. It’s going to take me a while after finishing this book to truly digest the intricacies of Rushdie’s running commentary on India, ethnic relations and the growing tension that sits at the base of religious practice and belief systems.

Sugar Man: The Con

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I thought the title to this post was apt in light of my discovery that a well-known brand of so-called “Organic, No Sugar Added, No Added Fat, Gluten Free, Paleo-Diet friendly” chocolate turned out to be a complete fraud! Those of you looking for juicy gossip on Rodriguez best avert your eyes as you will find no such titillation here 😉

I consider myself an informed foodie that makes quite savvy decisions about every morsel that I consume. I have Insulin Resistance you see, and whilst that may be a pain in the ass for some, I count myself lucky to be diagnosed at 21 with loads of time to correct bad eating and lifestyle habits to overcome my dis-ease.

In my journey for healthy foods and exercise, I’ve been down many paths and the one that has stuck the most is a need for organic, wholesome veggies and produce that fit my holistic look at health and well-being. Enter stores like The Organic Emporium, Jackson’s Real Food Market and my favourite online store, Faithful-to-Nature.

I’ve shopped at some of these places for years and others are new additions to my Saturday morning routine all the while hunting and gathering products that would aid me in my quest for lower Insulin levels.

In my foraging, I came across three brands of locally produced chocolate that blew my mind because they are made from raw cacao or cocoa and contained ‘natural sweeteners’ that were low GI and therefore better than the regular store-bought dark chocolates on the market. I thought I had truly hit the jackpot because these chocolates tasted great and were truly good for me in that they didn’t spike my Insulin levels and cause me to gain unnecessary weight. I was wrong about that. Continue reading “Sugar Man: The Con”

Customer Service is a Changin’

Customer Service
New Customer Service Channels
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I was browsing Facebook a few weeks ago and noticed an interesting post from Telkom about their updated customer service channels. It looks like mobile apps, SMS, online ticketing and social media channels are now being included in their fault reporting and customer service line-up.

It’s great to see a South African company making good use of the opportunities afforded to them with the advent of social media and digital marketing in ways that truly reflect the need to help assist customers in their consumer journey. Continue reading “Customer Service is a Changin’”