Category Archives: South Africa

A 9/11 Letter to a South African


Dear Mary, Thank you for your interest in my 9/11 story, when I responded about this on Twitter.  I see you’re from Pretoria, a city I’ve been to.  Thank you again. I’ll start with the following:  Where I grew up … Continue reading

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Kendall Jones


You may have read about her.  Texas Tech Cheerleader and African big game hunter.  I enjoyed it when she discussed one of my favorite Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt.  He was a big game hunter,e, now you have your real live Buffy, … Continue reading

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Can Oscar Pistorius Outrun His Demons?


Oscar Pistorius left his competition behind on Olympic tracks.  There’s no Olympic event to leave the demons behind on a track. I can’t even imagine it.  Whether he goes to jail or not is almost irrelevant.  For with his blades, … Continue reading

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Honey Badgers


Yesterday, I watched a show on PBS Nature about Honey Badgers.  This was in South Africa, in and around Kruger National Park. The show especially followed two in a reserve near the park.  Their names are Stoffel and Hammy.  Nice … Continue reading

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South Africa Countdown to the April 27, 1994 Vote.


I am watching this show on History 2.  I am watching this documentary, understanding what my friend Laurie Musgrove was so afraid of.  If it weren’t for many people on both sides, it would have been a bloodbath. The show … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela.


I can only give a personal view.  I met my South African friend, Laurie Musgrove, in 1993.  I remember her frightened emails as the election was coming up.  While she opposed Apartheid, the specter of all out civil war was … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain in South Africa.


This time, on his CNN show, he was in South Africa.  I’ve been there, but that was seventeen years ago.  It is a long way from home, that’s for sure. Anthony Bourdain spoke of hope in South Africa.  I am … Continue reading

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