EDITOR. I have sat at my computer and written, tapped backspace and rewritten again and again; but none of it seems capable of gently leading you, dear reader to the place I wish you to see. Isn’t it always like that when you have news to share? You fidget and fumble with ways to tactfully break it to someone, but there is no simpler way than to just tumble the information out.
Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a great statesman, the grand-father of a free and liberated democratic nation. May our collective ancestors embrace this great soul, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in blessing. To the Mandela family, we offer our deepest and sincerest condolences.
EDITOR. Founded on 6 April 2001 by Fey Fand, the Celestine Circle now consists of 258 members scattered all over the globe. High Priestess of the Celestine Circle, Fey Fand, has been a practicing Pagan for 24 years, during which time she has worked as a solitary practitioner and with other covens. She also currently represents the Pagan community through the South African Pagan Council (SAPC) on the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI).
EDITOR. When I wake in the morning the air is missing that wintry nip and the sun seems to be waking up earlier than me each day. My garden is waking with delicate peach blossoms and greening grass, and the weaver birds are struck with nest building frenzy. There’s no denying it- Spring has sprung.
EDITOR. Spring is in the air! The bare trees of winter are unfurling tender leaves, the air is warming and blossoms are bursting forth in abundance. To celebrate the Earth’s awakening in the Southern Hemisphere, Penton will be holding a Spring themed photography competition with a R100 Kalahari.com voucher for the winning photo.
EDITOR. Nature is more than just trees, animals and scenic settings, for many it is where they find peace, solace and inspiration. Penton would love to showcase the fruits of this inspiration by hosting a poetry competition themed on nature.
EDITOR. Traditionally, the term ‘community journalism’ has been reserved for small town and neighbourhood newspapers. Usually reporting on stories that have been generated directly from the community it serves, community journalism has been a way of keeping its members informed and a means of encouraging community spirit. However things have changed and we now live in the age of the internet, and with that the definition of ‘community’, in terms of community journalism, has changed too. It is no longer restricted to a group of people connected by a common geographical location; the internet now connects us not by geography but by common interests. That means the ‘community’ in community journalism is now broadened to include groups of people who are defined by their shared interests, whether that be a hobby, vocation, life outlook or religion.