Category Archives: #justwriting

Who’s The Natty One Then?

Welcome to this stream of consciousness. Natty is WordPress’s word of the day and the obvious association I make has to do with clothes. More specifically, the wearer of clothes as in, “He is a natty dresser.”

I’ve just finished a syndicate assignment for Social Entrepreneurship where the enterprise we used was a fashion incubator so I am making another connection with natty. Let’s see where all these strands are going.

I’ve noticed a trend with regards to consultancies providing services to social enterprises in South Africa – there are those that are incubators and others that are accelerators. I don’t think it’s a linear process because not every new start-up needs help incubating – the business experience of the founders has a lot to do with this. Acceleration on the other hand provides advice on taking an existing organisation and helping it to achieve more. I am on board with the idea of incubation. I am a bit more sceptical about the whole idea of acceleration.

Acceleration reminds me of the zippy rental I drove for a week and a bit while my car was being fixed. Now that  have my car back, it didn’t feel as zippy as the little one. But it did feel solid, hugging the corners as I accelerated out them.

My head is swimming with gross profit margins, ROI and net working capital ratios. You got it – it’s assignment time again – another one.  Due tomorrow night. Numbers is not my forte – but those ratios are rather natty aren’t they? Especially if a natty social entrepreneur uses them to make an impact of society.

Natty.

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Uncanny Resemblances Radiate Across Species

It is amazing that living things found on land resemble those living under the sea. And lest I forget, the mushrooms in the pic below, which resemble the blue bottles of the sea, also have a close resemblance to a non-organic human accessory, the umbrella – used on land – by people.

The tops of the mushrooms appear too heavy for their thin stems, looking ready to topple over at any time. Their milky whiteness invite a bold hand to touch them just to make sure that they are real. Their texture, soft and pliable to the eye may just belie hidden deception.

Nature is resilient and has had millennia of experience in protecting itself. It is not by chance then that uncanny resemblances that radiate across species has evolved over time ensuring the survival of even the most simple organisms.


Random image writing exercise prompt found here.

The image is free to download for my personal use. 

Thanks to Heritage Snapper and Imageafter.com for the image.

Also entered in WordPress’s daily prompt – Radiate.

 

Anchor’s Reprieve

A forest of anchors the iron hot to the touch, sit like silent sentinels against incursions from the sea. Half buried in the soft white sand of the dunes they are a stark reminder of long ago battles, the thin shadows offering no reprieve from the baking sun.


Wreck shore, they called it, the wood long ago rotted away, the row of anchors the only reminder of battering storms, of life boats hurriedly lowered and of prayers uttered aloud  to an unseen god, asking for a reprieve.


The harsh sun beat down upon the thin strip of beach, its sand white against the starkness of the yellow desert beyond. Sand against sand, separated by a black line of anchors. A broken sign lies half buried in the sand, the bits of paint barely holding on to the wood showing a picture of the skull to those who cared to look – the sign offering no reprieve to those who had made it that far.

Image downloaded with permission from Writing Exercises.

 

Contrasts

Would you recognise a nose as a nose

if it wasn’t positioned above the lips?

Would you recognise the lips as the lips

if it wasn’t positioned below the nose?

Would we see green as green

and red as red

if the red was green or green was red?

What is contrast …but a recognition of opposites in an apposite way.

Entered in WordPress’s daily one-word prompt – Contrast.