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On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war

I was going to share this poem with you for Memorial Day. I hadn’t remembered the name correctly and kept Googling On Flanders Field. Thankfully I found this article with the poem (In Flanders Fields is the correct title) and this writer shares it better than I would have: On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully […]

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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 […]

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I’m Not Giving up Elephants for Lent!

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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 […]

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Climbing St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

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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.   […]

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Eating Cao Lầu in Việt Nam: Ancient Well Water and Lye? Yes, Please!

Traveling through Việt Nam a couple of years ago I had the privilege of tasting authentic Cao Lầu noodles in the town from which they are famous: Hội An. Hội An is a trading town in central Vietnam, famous for its handmade clothing from the tailor shops and even more famous for Cao Lầu noodles. It’s […]

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Favorite Holiday Music?

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Just thought I’d share my top three favorite holiday music pieces. I’m picky about the version, so not just any rendition will do. They have to be the following version by these musicians: Straight No Chaser’s “Twelve Days of Christmas” . Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” . Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” […]

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The Not-So-Cunning Linguist, and African Song

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This morning after dropping Kurt off to catch his carpool, an alert on my phone reminded me that I had forgotten to switch it to Do-Not-Disturb for my peaceful early-morning routine. Curiosity got the better of me, and I peeked at the notification in WhatsApp, to find only an image, from Tendai, one of my […]

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Sunrise at Simon’s Town

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At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear. – Norman Maclean Love, Marla

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The Demon of Table Mountain

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I thought you would enjoy a little folklore today, so I saved this photo, taken of the top of the aerial cable as it was being engulfed in clouds, because I thought it looked a deliciously creepy. (Those of you on mobile phones may not be able to get a large enough photo for the […]

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Ignite Your Bones

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Welcome to Manuscript Monday, friends! I haven’t had one in a few weeks, but I just wanted to check in, and keep you updated on both the progress of the book and the content. I’m still revising, probably revising it to death, but I can’t stand letting it out of my hands until I think […]

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