Cooking Favorite Recipes with South African Ingredients

First, let’s get one thing clear: I love South Africa. I’ve been told this is still the “honeymoon phase,” having only lived here now for 3 months of our two year contract, but I honestly don’t see it changing. Because that’s not who I am or how I view the world. It’s not a lack … More Cooking Favorite Recipes with South African Ingredients

Humans Acting Like Pets Acting Like Humans?

Yesterday I received an email from my nephew: . So, my friend Lisa sent me a picture of her dog, Copper… they were celebrating his second birthday.  I thought it was really funny, so I re-enacted it with a piece of peach cobbler instead of a cupcake. . . . It was too funny not … More Humans Acting Like Pets Acting Like Humans?

NO Native American and 2% Neanderthal? I Call Shenanigans!

The results of Part 2 of my DNA testing from the National Genome Project have arrived, finally! A little under 6 weeks from cheek swab to results. Actually sooner than I was expecting! First things first. However exciting it is to uncover early parts of our ancestral heritage, I think it’s time for all us … More NO Native American and 2% Neanderthal? I Call Shenanigans!

Only “A Few Years”: A Goodbye Post

Hello everyone.  My name is Jeff, Marla’s older, and only, brother.  I wanted to help out with my sister’s dilemma of not having enough hours in her days to get all of the things ready for her move to R.S.A. and still fill some blog spots for those of us who “need to get a … More Only “A Few Years”: A Goodbye Post

Turtle Fear and the Reluctant Animal Rescue

The Fourth of July. 2010. It was mid-afternoon, so the streets weren’t super jammed yet, but they would be soon. I was doing a couple things around my apartment, just cleaning up, and I grabbed the full bag of garbage in my hands to take it out to the back alley. I slipped on my … More Turtle Fear and the Reluctant Animal Rescue

A Dude’s Musings on Mother’s Day

I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy- I wanted Mother’s Day to be different this year. I wanted to continue my climb upward on the Mother’s Day Classiness Gift Giving Scale. Last year was pretty pathetic, a cheap card from Target and a box of … More A Dude’s Musings on Mother’s Day

It’s DNA Day! Is Marla a Skolt Saami from Scandinavia? Is She Related to Bono?

Has there ever been a BETTER reason to celebrate than DNA Day? Um, yeah, every other reason is better. DNA is boring, right? Well, kinda sorta maybe, but I’ve had fun with it. For instance, it was just lovely to find out about that hereditary blood-clotting mutation I have, the Factor V Leiden I told … More It’s DNA Day! Is Marla a Skolt Saami from Scandinavia? Is She Related to Bono?

Manuscript Monday: The “W” in my Wrollercoaster

Restructuring a manuscript is torture. But like the delicious pain during a good hour of lifting weights, I love the difficult and time-consuming (but very rewarding) pain of this surgery on my writing. As I told you last week, the agent (I won’t call her my agent yet, but hope to soon) suggested letting my … More Manuscript Monday: The “W” in my Wrollercoaster