Living With Fear

The following is the text of a talk I gave to the Introverts Network. The synopsis read “Andrea Brandle steps outside her comfort zone for a few minutes to share her belief that fear can and should be overcome. She is an introvert and her advice is “if I can do it, so can you”. … Continue reading

Crow Attack

I like to think that I get along with most animals and I have found that, generally speaking, my furred and feathered neighbours tend to avoid interaction with me. So, being verbally and physically attacked by a crow yesterday came as quite a shock. I was walking across a parking lot on my way to … Continue reading

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Monica retrieved this Christmas newsletter that I sent to her 17 years ago. I am going to share it with you verbatim. MERRY CHRISTMAS 1999 Greetings to all, This is my second attempt at an annual newsletter. Unfortunately, I don’t have wonderful tales of travel and adventure to share. I lived the ‘high life’ in … Continue reading

More surprises

In my last blog post, I wrote about seeing familiar places in a new way. Today, I not only went to an unfamiliar part of Singapore, I saw something that was so strange to me that it has made me re-think what I thought I already knew. I once commented that the difference between visiting … Continue reading

Seeing with new eyes

I have been to Kuala Lumpur so many times that I have lost count. I have stayed in a variety of hotels, in a number of neighbourhoods, so I stopped thinking of going to KL as travel. It had become mundane, ordinary, routine. Last week everything changed; well, almost everything. I took a bus that … Continue reading

I Am In Love With A Married Man

I adore Alexander McCall Smith but he is married to Elizabeth.  She is a doctor.  I fell in love with him when he introduced me to Precious Ramotswe, the lady detective in Gaborone.  I felt that Alexander and I shared a common affection for Botswana and he is clearly a man who is in touch … Continue reading