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Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Have you ever heard of a “quagga?” What’s black, and white, and red all over? Answers to these questions within my newly published essay at travel website, iExplore! Click here (or the photo above) to join me as I search for these “extinct” zebra, the elusive pygmy falcon, and capture a bit of travel photography […]

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Win A Signed Niq Mhlongo Book…or TWO!

I received so many responses to last week’s contest that I decided to create a new #contest to give away TWO MORE of Niq Mhlongo’s books, each autographed by him: After Tears and his newest release, Affluenza. It’s easy to enter. Read today’s post, then follow the instructions at the bottom.

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Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost

Postberg Flowers travel South Africa

I had a lot of fun writing October’s column for the Expat Focus website, and I hope you have as much fun reading it: Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost And, as always, a few extra photos just for you… Thanks for reading. The best compliment you can give is to share my […]

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Our Online Book Club is Being Taught in the Classroom!

I was happily surprised when a friend of mine just told me that she is planning to use our online book club in her class. I thought maybe she wanted to show her students the mind of an author at work, but she said her primary interest was in the questions themselves. She wants to […]

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Around the World with the Poetry of Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

From South Africa, to America’s east and west coasts, to Europe and beyond, readers were traveling

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Heritage Day: Tongues of Their Mothers

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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 […]

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I Bet I Can Make a Niq Mhlongo Fan Out of You!

I want to make a bet with you, dear reader. If you can make it through a book by Niq Mhlongo and walk away without becoming a Niq Mhlongo fan, I’ll give you 50 Rand.

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The Way I Tour South Africa

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My latest column is now online at Expat Focus. This month I write about literature as it relates to the way I travel. Please click here to read this month’s column, then come back here for a few snapshots of places I’ve been, inspired by books I’ve read.

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45 Failures

Celebrate failure with me! I created this for writers, but anyone can participate. It only takes a willingness to fail. Commit to getting 45 REJECTIONS with me. If you get an acceptance along the way, great. We’ll dance for that together. But let’s focus on submitting and celebrating rejection, as part of the process of […]

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What Will You Say to Phillippa Yaa de Villiers?

Welcome to September Book Club! I’m so excited to share the work of award-winning South African author, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers. Please read either Everyday Wife, or Taller Than Buildings, and submit your questions and comments by Wednesday, 16 September. I know my featured readers in the states are already either finished or in the […]

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