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The book is done and a release party is planned

For those who are Facebook friends with me or whom I see in person, or communicate with via email, there probably won’t be anything new here. This is mostly for those who follow my wandering via this blog. The book … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s Update, a New Life Back in Eugene, and Writing a Book

It’s been several months since I posted a blog entry, so I think it’s time for an update. For those who might have missed it, I am home from Peace Corps service in South Africa, a year earlier than planned, … Continue reading

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Zulu food varied, delicious; differs in various parts of South Africa

I’ve been promising for months to write about food, but it’s such a huge topic I haven’t known where to start. Perhaps I’ll start with the Zulu word for tomorrow: kusasa. This is one of the first Zulu words I … Continue reading

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Domestic violence a big problem in South African culture

Today I observed first-hand a South African issue that is acknowledged, but rarely talked about in my experience: domestic violence. It’s Wednesday, late morning, the day our elders’ group, mostly older women – “gogos” or grandmothers – meets at Masiphile. … Continue reading

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Cultural Experiences May Seem Odd, but Remember that to Black South Africans, Some American Culture is as Well

I had a rather interesting cultural experience about three weeks ago. It demonstrated the significant differences at times between the old, traditional Zulu South Africa and the modern, ever-changing one. At the primary school next door to Masiphile, four or … Continue reading

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When does two equal three? Taxi culture, practices can take your breath away, but get you where you need to go

Not much will slow down a rural So. African taxi driver, but a speed bump will, most of the time. I speculate that most drivers don’t own the vehicles they drive – a fleet of taxis is probably owned by … Continue reading

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My villages: rural and lots of room for improvement

Am leaving shortly for 12 days in Pretoria, where Peace Corps HQ is, for “IST,” or in-service training that always happens after a training group’s first 90 days, after PST — pre-service training. We are supposed to have spent the … Continue reading

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The Brits Have Had a Lot of Influence in So. Africa; Watch Out for the Robot!

Today is Sunday, June 3rd, and it’s clear, cold and windy now, but is supposed to be about 70 degrees today. Hope the sun remains, as I have laundry drying on the line. It’s 8:44 a.m. here, which means it’s … Continue reading

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Learning Zulu and ‘Randomly Observing’ South African Culture

Sanibonani! How about a quick, simple lesson in the Zulu language and then I’ll share some “random observations” I’ve made and recorded when I journal; things that don’t fit in any particular place or order, but which I’ve found interesting? … Continue reading

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Propisitioning 5 gorgeous women for unprotected sex!

Ever been to one of those workshops or conferences where they make you get in groups of 5 or 6 and act out a scenario, or role play, or have a small group discussion to make some important point or … Continue reading

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