“My Brain Becomes a Pop-up Store of John Muir Quotes”

“…I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I had never before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, ‘A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake!‘ feeling sure I was going to learn something. ” ―John … More “My Brain Becomes a Pop-up Store of John Muir Quotes”

Can You Identify this African Bird?

I have to admit, this one had me stumped. Kurt and I were going through photos of our first trips to Kruger, in late winter/early Spring of 2013, and came across this photo I took of a pretty yellow-and-white bird in a bush. Having spent the last two years cramming birds of Southern Africa into … More Can You Identify this African Bird?

Heritage Day: Tongues of Their Mothers

I had so many ideas for a Heritage Day post today, but then I fell in love with a poem, and that made the decision for me. Happy Heritage Day, readers. Following are a few photos of some beautiful South African ladies I know (and one lovely South African man) wearing traditional garments to celebrate … More Heritage Day: Tongues of Their Mothers

Online Book Club Author Response and Signed Book Winner!

Welcome to our second monthly online book club! August found us reading Nthikeng Mohlele’s Rusty Bell. Congratulations to Ian Riggins, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ian’s name was drawn at random from questions received for August author, Nthikeng Mohlele. He will win a signed book from the author! Once again, great questions from readers of Rusty Bell, … More Online Book Club Author Response and Signed Book Winner!

One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Strand

There is a poem, written in the 16th century, that I think of every time I go to the beach. I have my dear, departed grandfather to thank for knowing it. He passed on his love of classic poetry and literature to his children, and in turn I grew up a little conflicted on spelling, … More One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Strand