I have 188 stories published in
20 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 141047 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
235 of my 1,886 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 240 votes
Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.
I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.
Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.
Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.
The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.
God is in the details. God is in the timing.
235 of my comments have received 240 Great Feedback votes
that good night
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
I like your peaceful quiet approach much more. Sounds much more pleasant. One thinks also of Bob Dylan and some Van Morrison. However...Read full comment
Posted in gently into the Dream
Mary-Anne I was very pleased to discover these
Posted on Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Mary-Anne I was very pleased to discover these new poems. Your poetry is really excellent and you always treat the subject matter with sensitivity. These are mostly happy themes often with children and then more serious and sometimes heart-ache...Read full comment
Posted in Naked
Beautiful verse! Reminds me of Narnia!
Posted on Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Beautiful verse! Reminds me of Narnia! The language is pure and has a clarity and happiness. It is interresting that you start with autumn and end with spring and summer.
You must be a born optimist! TomRead full comment
Posted in Seasons
He started out hedonist
Posted on Fri, 03 Nov 2017
He started out hedonist sonething like Dorian Gray but ended up like Job in the Old Testament. Wisdon is sold in the desolate market where none can to buy, and in the withered field where the farmer ploughs for bread in vain. According then to...Read full comment
Posted in Into the Light
Yes it's clear now, your poem
Posted on Sat, 16 Sep 2017
Yes it's clear now, your poem describes a birth, a baby, the beginnings of life and later the same, born again and to salvation. Do you have children? I don't, sometimes I think it must be nice they melt your heart. Just being themselves people...Read full comment
Posted in First Love