For so much of my life I have been completely afraid of frogs.  The fear was passed to me from my mother. As a young teen I watched her nearly break her neck on the cement patio when a small green frog jumped onto her shoulder.  I was sure by her reaction that frogs mu...

There aren’t many moments of my past that I can put myself back into completely - sight, sound and smell – just by closing my eyes except for memories of experiences in Africa.  Today I was telling my hairdresser about a morning in Zambia when I heard talking outside m...

I had the privilege recently of flying next to a wonderful black woman named Hester, both of us traveling back to Atlanta from Ohio.  She was near eighty years old; raised in the United States in Mississippi back in the 1930's and 40's.  I was completely intrigued by h...

I was walking my dog in the park one beautiful fall morning when Train's song Drops of Jupiter came blaring into my earbuds; with it floods of memories from my six month long trip to Africa rushed into my mind; specifically a moment in Malawi sitting alone under a that...

You may not think of a house cat as particularly brave but I know one little kitty in Africa who gives meaning to the word and exemplifies the kind of courage I try to muster up when I am there among the wildlife.

I was getting dressed after a nice shower in my room of...

During a trip to Africa - specifically Kruger National Park - I did the most careless thing I have yet to do there.  I almost ran out of gas among a plethora of wildlife.  I have yet to decide if it's good that I was so chilled and comfortable in Africa that I didn't t...

I lived daily in a tightly wound comfort zone; doing things that were strictly within my norm. But that was before my first trip to Africa.  After that first trip, I found myself without any boundaries at all, with only the word yes coming out of mouth when an opportun...

I always try to be aware of what is around me when in Africa among the wildlife.  Animals of all kind are assuredly lurking, waiting for an opportunity of one kind or another.  I don't want to be that opportunity.  But sometimes I lose myself in my book, journal, in th...

There was a time when I was completely comfortable getting down on the ground in front of a vervet monkey taking photos then following him or her to take more.  I have several close photos to prove that there was a time I did not fear primates.

That all changed during a...

I was admired yesterday for what I believe this person thought was bravery for traveling Africa alone.  "If it bleeds, it leads," is the old media insider's slogan.  With that slogan fear is instilled in many about the continent of Africa. And in fact, I appreciate tha...

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