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Answers to Life, the Universe, and Everything…This Saturday at 2pm

From geckos that “bark” to the wiggly-wobbly walk of a chameleon (and lots of great creatures in between) I might not be able to write the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but let me entertain you this Saturday with other fun tidbits…

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Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Have you ever heard of a “quagga?” What’s black, and white, and red all over? Answers to these questions within my newly published essay at travel website, iExplore! Click here (or the photo above) to join me as I search for these “extinct” zebra, the elusive pygmy falcon, and capture a bit of travel photography […]

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Tuesdays in Tshwane: Rhino Orphanage Truck

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Has another week gone by, already!? Where is 2015 going in such a hurry? Here’s a snap taken shortly after we moved to Tshwane (pka Pretoria). A tractor pulling a couple of rhinoceros statues was very attention-grabbing

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When a Bird Challenges Your Car, You…

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Welcome to another segment of “Tuesdays in Tshwane,” bits and pieces of our life living on the outskirts of South Africa’s capitol City, Pretoria (nka Tshwane.) These segments aren’t intentionally all about birds, but they certainly are abundant and varied here, so they do play a large part of our frequent encounters. We had an […]

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Tracking a Black Rhino

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We have been lucky in our two years here, to have seen black rhino 3 times in the wild.

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World Post Day…is On Strike!

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Okay maybe not the whole world, but our area of South Africa is into the 3rd month a renewed postal strike which has apparently been in stages of delivery then protest off and on for…3 years!?!?. The love letters I sent Kurt while I was home in Pennsylvania have been in no-man’s land (or destroyed, […]

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My Uncle Bob’s Bear

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I know. I know. It’s misleading. My Uncle Bob does not have a bear…at least, not a bear he owns. But a bear does visit my Uncle Bob’s back yard, and therefore, he “has” a bear. Uncle Bob’s back yard is a clearing in the woods. Most of my family are rural Pennsylvanians, and black […]

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The Whales at Bientang’s Cave, Hermanus

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My column this month for Expat Focus shares with you part of our great Cape Town excursion last year, including a visit to Hermanus. I enjoyed writing the column, as always, and I hope you will have even more enjoyment reading it. Please follow the link below to read the column. The Whales at Bientang’s […]

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The Death of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

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Every time we see a mongoose I think “There goes Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.” We don’t have these cute little killers, and my own exposure was the many readings Mom made of Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” story. That tough little guy was the protector of the family from the neighborhood killer cobras.

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Black Mamba

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Well, friends. Honestly I don’t know why I ever type my posts directly into WordPress, because I’ve lost so many really interesting posts that way, due to whatever latest hiccup in either the internet, or, I believe, WP.  Today’s black mamba post was one of my favorites. So it’s only fitting that it, too was […]

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