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This One’s for the Birds

It was a fun audience at my South Africa presentation in July. They came with great questions, and even gave up a few chuckles at my goofy jokes, and my grand designs to have Kurt build a party-size backyard braai. Many thanks to the Indiana Free Library for having me, and for hosting my upcoming […]

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An American Life in South Africa: Presentation at the Library

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Back in the U.S.A., and hoping to share a few stories with you…in person! 3 great (and 1 silly) reasons to attend my presentation on South Africa at the Indiana Free Library next Thursday, July 12th! 1) You like to travel or dream of travel, and are curious what South Africa has to offer. 2) […]

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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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Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost

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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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Holy Happy-Sweat-Bees, Batman…Go a Fisa Thata!

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It is insanely hot here in the capital of South Africa. No, really. I’m pretty sure a lot of us are losing our minds under this sun! We really need some rain right now. Meanwhile my friends in America’s Carolinas and elsewhere are underwater with some kind of thousand year storm. Oy! This planet is […]

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Can You Identify this African Bird?

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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 […]

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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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Tuesdays in Tshwane: Rhino Orphanage Truck

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Has another week gone by, already!? Where is 2015 going in such a hurry? Here’s a snap taken shortly after we moved to Tshwane (pka Pretoria). A tractor pulling a couple of rhinoceros statues was very attention-grabbing

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Tuesdays in Tshwane: Collared Barbet

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Happy Tuesday, readers! Sharing a few snaps of a couple collared barbets. These two might be a mating pair. Does this surprise you? If so, you’re probably familiar with birds, and know that many male birds have more color, or striking variation in color, than females. The generally accepted explanation for this is that males […]

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In Defense of Car Guards

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Some people have asked me about “car guards” in South Africa, since I’ve mentioned them a time or two. This is a group of individuals I care about, and among whom I have very good friends, so here is my answer, along with my disappointment in those who look down on them… *A “car guard” […]

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