Category: Americana

“My Brain Becomes a Pop-up Store of John Muir Quotes”

“My Brain Becomes a Pop-up Store of John Muir Quotes”

“…I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I had never before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, ‘A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake!‘ feeling sure I was going to learn something. ” ―John …

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Eating Lasagne for the First Time

Eating Lasagne for the First Time

Recently we had a few friends to dinner. They were from another African country, and at least one of them had never heard of lasagne. Since lasagne happens to be one of my favorite dishes to make (and eat!) I knew that’s what we would have for dinner. For me, lasagne is always served with …

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On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

I was going to share this poem with you for Memorial Day. I hadn’t remembered the name correctly and kept Googling On Flanders Field. Thankfully I found this article with the poem (In Flanders Fields is the correct title) and this writer shares it better than I would have: On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully …

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The First Time You Drive Through a Tree…

The First Time You Drive Through a Tree…

If you’re anything like me, the first time you encounter a giant redwood tree, you’ll realize just how small you are, how young you are, and how your idea of “majestic” has suddenly changed. Because that tree, which is thousands of years old, is really something special. Our first drive-through tree was the Chandelier Tree, …

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White Eggs and Ham, American I Am

White Eggs and Ham, American I Am

The title of this month’s Expat Focus column was based on an entertaining chase to track down as close to American-style Easter fare as I could find. As this is our first Easter in South Africa, I picked several people to invite who have never heard of some of our American traditions. Please follow this …

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