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Month: July 2023

Doctor, what’s wrong with my nails I Dr. Elsade Kruger l Beloved Health

Nail abnormalities on fingers or toes can have many different causes. Normal nails are smooth and have consistent colouring, but there may be changes, particularly as we age. Some changes may be due to injury, or to toxic products coming into regular contact with your hands.  Other changes may be the result of medical conditions that require diagnosis and treatment.

Five hours at Sing Sing prison | Letters from New York | Katherine Meeks

I rise at 6am to catch an early train from Grand Central Station. My goal is Sing Sing Prison, one of America’s most famous prisons, and yes, it looks just like it does in all those prison movies –old and gritty. It’s about an hour north of New York City by train, the tracks follow the edge of the Hudson River.  Locally, “going up the river” was another expression for being sent to prison to do hard time. Sing Sing is a maximum-security prison. 

If you were there: Missing people and the marks they leave behind by | Jacqueline Dyer By Francisco Garcia. Harper Collins, 2021. | Book Review

When he was eight years old, Francisco Garcia’s Spanish father disappeared from his life. His English mother had died of breast cancer the previous year, and the young Francisco was brought up by an aunt and a grandmother. At 27, the English-speaking Londoner with the Spanish name is a journalist and writer. He decides it is time to re-engage with the story of his absent father, and to follow his traces. This book is his journey, but alongside the search for his father, this is an exploration of what it means to be missing, and especially, what it means to those left behind.

The green eyed monster | Inspirational | Colleen Stock

Jealousy, often termed the green eyed monster, befalls even the most humble person. Leering over the proverbial “fence” of Facebook, Instagram, and other social media posts peddling idylllic bliss, and seeing gorgeous pictures of faraway places and perfectly groomed happy smiling faces, we get trapped.  Delicious gourmet meals, and amazing achievements we could only dream of having stare back at us through a green haze.

Spring Cleaning | written by Philippa van Coller

With midwinter now behind us, we are starting to look forward to spring, which means spring cleaning! Yes, the magazine, now on its 10th issue, will be getting a bit of a revamp over the coming months. We have more writers joining our immensely talented team, and we are planning a major expansion of the reviews section from next month to broaden the scope of our interests to include cultural events, films, places to visit and more books – non-fiction as well as fiction.

Moroccan inspired Pistachio and Rose cheesecake | Nikita Stock

In the realm of desserts, one particular confection seems to have stirred a divide between generations: carrot cake. Often met with scepticism by the younger crowd, this humble dessert has a remarkable ability to win over even the most cynical palates. It’s a cake that transcends time and trends, and as many have come to discover, its charm lies in its rich history and the loving touch of grandmothers who have mastered the art of baking it to perfection.