Cheryl loves writing – as an experienced journalist & urban anthropologist, she’s an adventurer & describes herself as an urban flaneuse (from Flâneur), a stroller and observer of people & urban trends.
She’s open-minded & ready to explore places from urban neighbourhoods to high streets, malls & markets and equally happy in nature.
Cheryl is ever curious about street life, artisanal eateries, markets, aromas, art & culture, fashion design & urban farming. She’s fascinated by diversities/engagements (dystopian & other) & at times a critical observer of trends. She’s intrigued by the various forms the city takes on through peoples’ everyday activities & livelihoods there
Her interest in the shape of cities through peoples’ activities is from research she’s done on urban developments, museum crafting, urban enclaves & gentrification
She delights in chance encounters & writes anecdotally about people, the built form (state-of-the-art houses, businesses & high-end spending to leisure activities & the nitty-gritty every day or ordinary realities of large groups of people in the city)
Writes & cooks & entertains … & loves the outdoors
She takes as much delight in writing as she does in preparing a meal for the family or a small group of friends. She is convivial & equally content to withdraw to get things – like writing – done
So whether she walks along urban streets, chats to people & take notes or gets out of town for a hike in nature, she’s curious about what goes on around her – from economics & artistic skills of street corner trading in handcrafted beaded birds and animals, to the buzz at an urban cafés or those moments in nature looking at the colourful wings of a butterfly or the flight of a dragonfly, she is intrigued
She loves long early morning & late afternoon walks along the beach or just sitting down on a rock & meditating as the tide comes in
Love & Family Life
She’s a wife, a proud mother of two beautiful & talented daughters & equally proud grandmother of an energetic seven year old grandson whose flair for the dramatic arts, pride at being a left-handed bowler & adeptness to master video games fascinate her
When her daughters were young she did a career change for a while & started her own childrens’ clothing line which sold at craft markets
She’s lectured part-time at tertiary institutions in urban anthropology & attended conferences (some international) where she’s presented papers on her MA in urban anthropology thesis. She’s written papers on generic forms of urban regeneration & how large groups of people seldom benefit from such developments
From an academic viewpoint, she’s interested in how urban environments in the developers’ mind looks at profit & ignores what has become more evident: poverty & the everyday lives of people on the margins of such grand-scale developments
Her workplace experiences are in the running of touristic heritage sites where she’s been involved in public programming initiatives. She’s also worked with the National Department of Tourism on the Imvelo Awards for Responsible Tourism & service excellence programmes in the tourism sector
She blogs for pleasure & to learn
Feel free to check out some of her writing samples below.
A friend’s decision to eat plant-based foods made me consider the merits. Whether a 30-day fad diet or as a millennial planet-conscious lifestyle choice, the omega-3 nutrition debate grows: do plant-only diets have enough essential fatty acids to fuel a healthy body and mind? Plant-based eating paired with restrictive animal-derived foods edge upwards in nutritional…