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You South Africa 11/26/2020

You has a simple recipe for success – spoil your readers and give them exactly what they want. It’s part of everyday life for more than 2 million English-speaking South Africans, filled with excellent articles which interest, inform and touch readers. There are human dramas, medical and scientific discoveries, general interest news, consumer issues, fashion and glamour. And don’t forget the interesting fiction, sport, motoring news, craftwork, recipes, home and school projects, crosswords and exciting competitions. It’s an irresistible combination, and everything is presented in a well-finished, colourful magazine.

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1 min
you say

I USED to think I was good at multitasking. I believed I could easily juggle multiple things to get through everything faster (how else would I finish everything on my to-do list?). But I’ve since learnt there’s no such thing as being good at multitasking. It really isn’t possible. Even though you think you’re on top of things, something will suffer. And sometimes that something will be your mental health. In our story on page 22 expert Caroline Leaf unpacks the various effects it can have. This in particular made me pause: “When we multi-task, we end up with what I call ‘milkshake thinking’, which is the opposite of mindfulness. Every rapid, incomplete and poor-quality shift of thought makes a milkshake with our brain cells and neurochemicals.” I’ve been trying to work on…

1 min
fond memories of a royal visit

I WAS10yearsoldin 1947 when King George VI, the Queen Mother and princesses Elizabeth and Margaret visited South Africa. They passed through Alexandra Township where I grew up, along the old Pretoria Road near Sandton. We were treated to meat pies as we formed a very long guard of honour that day. I am 83 years old now and married with two daughters aged 53 and 47. I’ve been married for 54 years. I was thrilled to read in YOU that the queen and Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their 70th anniversary of married bliss. Philip is 99 years old (YOU, 15 October). Time flies! Through your magazine I’d like to wish the duke and the queen all the best in their life. My favourite royal couple of my youth have come very far. E MOLOTO,…

3 min

FROM LOVE TO HATE Reading your article about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (YOU, 12 November) got me thinking about a few things: intense lust, passion, love, commitment then pure hatred. These two had it all yet they both ended up with so much antipathy towards each other. It begs the questions whether marriage is a good and healthy institution, and whether single-parent families aren’t better off. Their children, both adopted and conceived during their “loving” years, now bear witness to all this unpleasantness. No one wins! PETER BACHTIS, BENONI After reading your article about Brad and Angie one can’t help wonder what sort of adults and parents their children will become. With parents always squabbling, how must they feel? Will they too be vindictive when life does not work out the way they’d like…

1 min
in brief

As for the overuse of sentences starting with “so” (YOU Say, 22 October), how about the annoying insertion of “you know” and “like” several times in each sentence.If I knew, you wouldn’t have to tell me repeatedly, like, you know? MIRI, SEA POINT Hearing the sad stories about women who are killed by men makes me and other women fear for our lives. Can these men tell us what we’ve done to them that makes them hate us so much they want to see us dead? M LEDUBUKO, EMAIL Whatever happened to doctor’s home visits? ANNE, NORTHPINE Allowing fear to control our emotions will affect our judgment negatively. If you think that coronavirus is going to kill us all anyway, you discourage yourself from preventing its spread. Although these are difficult times, we need to apply…

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learning to cope with loss

I was overwhelmed by Debbie’s winning letter (YOU Say, 22 October). Her resilience in rising up after the gruelling experience of losing her husband is so inspirational to all of us who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re learning a great lesson from Debbie: that it takes willpower to rise from the ashes and cope with the moments that shatter us. Despite the ravages of the corona-virus, we need positive mindsets to rediscover our human values. Let us learn from Debbie’s positivity, that despite the trauma and uncertainty caused by Covid-19, we are able to resurrect our fractured dreams and objectives. Like the 1918 influenza pandemic ended, so too will Covid-19. We have hope that the days of the coronavirus are numbered, and things will soon be back to normal. BATSIRAI KATIVU, JOHANNESBURG…

1 min
word power!

It’s fun, it’s colourful and it will turn your kids into language superheroes! YOU’s new magazine, Learn 4 Languages, is great for little kids wanting to learn what objects are in their mother tongue while older kids can learn how to say everyday words in other languages. There’s everything here, from the body and clothes to food and occupations. It’s the perfect book to improve language skills in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans. Get your copy in stores, online at youstore.co. za or contact Johan Terblanche on 021-406-4962 or johan. terblanche@media24.com and have it delivered.…