Today’s photo is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I’ve been writing about our too-short visit to that city, combined with a few small pieces I’ve written about colonialism during my African travels. It weaves colonization, religious fanaticism, and folklore. It is certainly too long already, though not altogether boring. But some days I write all day … More Arat Kilo Monument in Addis Ababa
We have been lucky in our two years here, to have seen black rhino 3 times in the wild.
I’ll tell you my guilty pleasure when it comes to reading, if you tell me yours… Now that I’m writing full-time, a daily routine of reading, writing, revising and digital upkeep, I really crave unplugging my brain at the end of the day. I suppose if a day of hiking leaves me bruised, blistered and … More You’re Reading WHAT!?
“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” ~ Truman Capote (Posted, recently, on the Facebook page of writer and craft guru, Dinty W. Moore.) Hello again, readers! Just thought I might share a new “Manuscript Monday,” and post a little of what’s been happening offline with my work. When I … More Is the Muse Blowing Kisses on Your Pencil?
My December column has posted over at Expat Focus. Please take a moment to follow this link to read it, share it, and support my work there: Christmas Birds in South Africa And as always, a few more photos for my readers here, to accompany the column… In other news on this Manuscript Monday, I’ve … More Christmas Birds
Manuscript Monday again, and today I’m reading some poetry for inspiration. Just saw a new one by one of my favorites, Lynne Knight, so I’m sharing that with you here: ON HEARING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS’ DIAGNOSIS This is the kind of poetry that moves me. She is accessible, but with such imagery and language that … More Inspiration
I want to give you something: a postcard? a bookmark? a card? perhaps you want me to take a “Flat Stanley” version of you on our next adventure? (Thanks to my nephew for that last idea.) You choose. I’m issuing a Before and After Challenge to my readers to join me in overhauling one room … More Before and After Room Challenge
It’s Manuscript Monday, and I’ve been tackling a couple projects I want to finish before the end of the year. But as often happens, my creativity is constantly being challenged by new stimuli. Today I can’t stop thinking about the words “dead body management”. It is a term for the Red Cross currently being used due to … More Dead Body Management
Just a brief announcement on this Manuscript Monday that one of my poems has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2014 issue of Pea River Journal. I usually wait until publication date to post my news, but since Pea River Journal is already listing contributors on their site, I thought I would share early … More A Poem Forthcoming
My family might say that I dropped off the face of the earth for awhile, and I would say that isn’t far from the truth. Because the southern hills of the Drakensburg Mountains certainly made me feel like I was in another world. I created a self-retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo. It … More Retreated!