What does an incessant thinker think about? If you’re me it could be anything from why was Gobekli Tepi buried for thousands of years, why do ancient buildings correlate to over six thousand years older than accepted history, are there aliens, do they visit — if so why, breaking through to the other side of anything, using energy, setting goals, power body language, why context is everything, why TED is the greatest thing since the invention of the Internet and probably a lot more.

My life’s motto is ask questions and never accept the first version of any story until you’ve asked more questions. As a writer I believe big-picture thinking is essential for forming believable characters and as a Human I believe that the clearer your understanding, the more informed you are to leverage your goals and as such, your life.



    1. Likewise about yours. What you’re doing is vital to forming a constructive way out of the cycle of destruction and I’d encourage anyone popping by to take a look at “To Bless Africa”‘s blog. I look forward to reading more and hopefully will see you on TED too.


  1. Thank you for following my blog “Life is great” I’m glad to have find your blog this way. It’s great! I’m looking forward to following.


    1. Kathy! I’m not sure how I skipped this one, it must have dropped in when there was a lot going on in real life! So I hope it’s not to late to accept and return the kudos for your excellent space on WordPress. Many thanks! xx


      1. Dear Nicola,
        Thank you so much for your continued support and kind words. In one of the times that I reorganized my blog I decided that I didn’t want to do more awards and took that page off my blog. I am sorry that the link you have goes nowhere. I didn’t think about that. This is my month when I have an art exhibit coming soon and I am not blogging because I am spending all my time in my upcoming show. May 2 is the big day for me. All is on target and going well. I will be back on May 3. Much love until then. โ™กโ™กโ™ก


  2. It is nice to see you posting again after a bit of a break. It’s tough having difficulty being creative. Thank you for liking so many of my recent posts.
    And regarding your About statement – I agree that TED is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thank you! It seems that I have two awards acceptance posts to do from you ๐Ÿ™‚ and I will get around to it soon now that I have some bandwidth back… You have an amazing blog and I’ll have to return the favour so that more people can find your writing. Thanks for your continued support, it’s much appreciated.


  3. Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank youโ€ฆ I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my โ€˜point n shootโ€™ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe youโ€™ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great dayโ€ฆ



  4. Saw your comment on a recent post for Deconstructing Myths and stopped by. I have only been blogging a short time and feel yours words showed a fellow traveler whom is searching for a semblance of truth, if I may say that, in a world built more on lies or perception than on solid ground.

    Love what I have glimpsed in a small peak at your work. Will follow and comment if I have something worthwhile to share.

    Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much. Smile


    1. Thanks Carl… I think it’s difficult for people to understand that the damage is more far-reaching than they’ve considered.

      I grew up as a white South African and my family weren’t exactly pro-apartheid and they weren’t exactly anti either. They didn’t want to get involved.

      I found it difficult to reconcile with this in myself, because on the one hand they were taking me to church, preaching all the virtues of Christianity, and on the other hand they hated the archbishop that led the church.

      They justified their opinions using similar arguments like, “the blacks burned down their schools, so it’s their fault they aren’t getting a good education.” yet when I responded with, “but their education was designed to be less than ours,” I never received an answer … they were just repeating the lines being fed to them in the evening news and it made me mad that some people don’t think – even when prompted. I love these people – they’re my family, but they are polarised thinkers that have very little versatility when it comes to complex thinking and when challenged, become enraged. I am the family villain ๐Ÿ™‚

      I can’t speak from the vantage point of the impoverished victim – because I had advantages bestowed on me at the expense of the majority’s comfort, well-being and quality of life – but in the wake of everything that’s happened over the past 20 years – I’m done with guilt.

      I can’t speak from the vantage point of the aggressor because I did not condone what they did, never agreed with it, wasn’t old enough to participate in the liberal movements, and I thought it completely at odds with Christianity.

      I can only speak from the perspective of an unwilling bystander – and I’m sure there are many over ‘there’ that would be labelled self-hating if they voiced an opinion that varied from the party-line. But they are also casualties of this conflict because of how people regard them … and no amount of name-calling will change the glint in a stranger’s eye when they aren’t saying what they’re thinking.

      Yes the problem is vast, complex, and so last millennium – move forward people – I have reservations about the long term success of the current handling strategy… I would argue that it has failed to take into account the David and Goliath scenario – reality is funny like that – one small thing… and it all falls.

      Truth is they cannot continue like this because at some point this patient, long suffering, sacrificial worm will turn and the rest of the world will just kind of ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

      And on a human level, this situation is heartbreaking.

      Thanks for your comments and follow, please feel free to jump in at any time. I tend to stay away from the political topics because everyone has said almost everything that’s needed to be said, but I wanted to share my own thoughts from where I’ve been. Thanks for reading, Carl.


  5. Thank you for sharing your story; I love life stories they can show so much and putting it all out their is a wonderful feeling. Just like a physical touch in joins two people and both are changed.

    If you read my posts you might find a common thread about our personal beliefs holding us back from moving forward, getting better, etc. It is not that we can not overcome our own beliefs it is just that we need to believe that what we believe is not written in stone. We choose what we believe and at any given time we can change it.

    The strange thing is that we are taught the opposite. Well not quite the opposite. We are taught that one should never change our beliefs, that this somehow shows weakness. A person of strong character always stands up for what he believes in. Right?

    I believe we all must continually look at our beliefs and find out why we believe what we believe. Are our beliefs harming us, holdings us back? Are they helping us, helping those around us? Helping those who help those we will never come in contact without these connecting people?

    Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much. Smile


  6. Hey Nicola, thank you so much for the likes and follows. Reading your bio was like reading about myself — especially about “understand!” being your principle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to more posts from you!


  7. Hello Nicola-
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and deciding to give a “follow.” I hope you will be inspired to form questions about Nature, and find both answers and new questions.

    I’m discovering that the questions regarding Nature are often both encouraging and discouraging. I believe some of the most important questions of our time relate to this vital topic… it’s how we answer or ignore them that is crucial.


    1. It’s always awesome to receive an award (I don’t get that many to have become blasรฉ about them), thanks for thinking of me ๐Ÿ™‚

      That opening – you called it – here, have a –> *high five* award <– ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  8. Hi Fellow Blogger, I was nominated today for a “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award?” I was asked to nominate seven bloggers myself, create a post or page, and include a link back to the blog of the person who nominated me. I have done as requested, and I am now nominating you. If you are inclined to take part you can follow this link to the page I created with my responses and all the information you will need. If you don’t want to take part…no worries. God bless. Kathy

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kathy, I am honoured that you thought of me when nominating bloggers, although I don’t often respond to awards (time and commitment often not permitting), I think they’re a fine way to get the word out, cross-promote and show you care. You have made my day with your nomination! You have a fine blog and I’d encourage everyone to check it out!!
      Thank you so much!
      God bless you… ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Hi Nicola, I wanted to reach out and see if you are interested in doing a picture book review. You’ve already read my poem The Stumps of Flattop Hill and I’ve turned it into a book. Pls email me for details ๐Ÿ™‚ ken at rabbleboy.com Thanks

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