I asked a group of schoolchildren a simple question about South Africa. I couldn’t stop giggling at one little girl’s answer…
Today I turn 45. It’s hard to believe time has gone so far since this photo of me was taken after a tumble at my older brother’s birthday party…
It was a tie! I had such a difficult time picking from the great entries for the Flat Traveler Botswana contest that I ended up choosing two!
We came across this baby giraffe with its mother in Pilanesberg last year. One of the youngest we’ve seen yet.
I came across this huge, artificial Baobab tree in Lynnwood Bridge last night, and I knew you would want to see it. How beautiful is this tree? Here in South Africa, the baobab tree is often used during the festive season in lieu of pine trees. You might remember I wrote a tiny bit about … More The Lighting of the…Baobab?
My husband reminded me that after I posted about the 5 cheetah we saw in The Kruger, I never came back to tell you what a group of male cheetah are called. A “coalition.” A coalition of cheetah. When I first heard the word, I thought our heavily accented guide was saying “a collision of … More A Coalition of Cheetah and a Poesy of Parks’
Today’s the day! Today, ONLY, is the day! I’ve written about Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving in previous years (here, and here), but today, 2 October 2014, is specifically for the arts. It’s called Arts Day of Giving (ArtDOG) and donations will be partially matched through The Pittsburgh Foundation. I love living in Africa, but oh … More ArtDOG (Woof!)
Do you have a nursery rhyme or poem, or saying from childhood that still stays with you? In my case, I internalized a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: There was a little girl By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead. When … More There Was a Little Girl…
What the…? Who the…? Yes, Stephen Foster Memorial Day is really a thing…at least in some parts of the world. 150 years ago today, 13 January, 1864, American composer Stephen Collins Foster died. I hope you know him. If not, I’m grateful to be the first to introduce you. Today is Manuscript Monday, and Stephen … More Stephen Foster Day, and Truth vs Truth
I cannot tell you enough how amazing this guest blogger is. My friend, Janice Anderson, is a doctor who recently volunteered in Zambia, and what she wrote will move you, I promise. It’s beautiful and these beautiful people she helped have a life that most of us can’t imagine. Please follow this link to read … More My Trip to Zambia (by Janice Anderson)