I am a rhinoceros. I realized that just a few hours ago, and I love it! Let’s settle one thing first. If you read that title and in any way think, “Aww, shame” or have any kind of pity that I would think of myself as a rhino, then you and I are different creatures … More I’m Proud to be a Rhinoceros!
Let’s face it. There’s nothing light about Russia’s most recent threat to reduce America to ashes. But there is also nothing new, thankfully, and all the blustering leaves ordinary Americans and ordinary Russians scratching our heads and wondering why we can’t just have a cookout (that’s a “braai” for you ZA’ers) with some hot dogs … More Meanwhile Russia Hates America. So Kiss Me, I’m Irish!
Hello readers! My March column is now online over at Expat Focus, and I hope so much that you will take a moment to go read it. Kurt says he gives it two flippers up. Please click the link below to read it, then return for some photos: Stony Point Penguin Colony in South Africa … More March of the Penguins…Column
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…
Okay, so nobody said anything about elephants, which is good because although I haven’t seen a live elephant in at least a week, I have been hooked on a herd of elephants from the book The Elephant Whisperer, by the late author, Lawrence Anthony. And I refuse to give up either the book or the … More I’m Not Giving up Elephants for Lent!
Welcome to Manuscript Monday, dear readers. Making an appearance late in my manuscript is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. I climbed this cathedral in May, 2011 with a friend. It was a long climb just to the Whispering Gallery (259 steps) and I wasn’t there long before the fire alarm sounded and we were evacuated. … More Climbing St. Paul’s Cathedral in London
It’s Writer Wednesday, friends, and this week I’m taking a look at Professor Neville Alexander’s Thoughts on The New South Africa. One of the great democratic strengths of the new South Africa is the fact that matters such as ‘race’ and gender continue to be discussed in public and openly, often with great passion, in … More Rainbow vs. Garieb: Thoughts on The New South Africa
I had a minor “Manuscript Monday” epiphany while in the Maldives. Okay, maybe not so much epiphany as another mini-insight. (I think epiphanies are for people who overlook all the minor revelations on a regular basis.) It was the last morning before catching our plane back to reality. I woke early to watch the sunrise … More What Kind of Hero(ine) Are You?
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 almost missed him. Arriving more than an hour before the procession was to begin, I drove around looking for parking several blocks from the procession route, but all was cordoned off by security and police. One police officer saw my camera and tried directing me to a bus for media, but since I didn’t … More There and Gone: Procession of Mandela Before Lying in State