Hot Oregon Summer – Berlin Next

Gardening and Wildfires It’s been a restful, contemplative summer in Oregon working in my garden with deer, wild turkeys, annoying yellow jackets, and a stray Goth-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with a record-breaking heat wave resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“.…

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KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic at Durban City Hall

Last night I attended a KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic performance conducted by Daniel Boico. The venue was historic Durban City Hall, and it was an exciting evening of music and singing! People warn that it’s not safe in central Durban at night, but the well-lighted area had ample security. The historic old building looked beautiful. Before and after…

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Cape Town – MOCAA and Magic Club

I drove from Hermanus to Cape Town Monday to run errands before exploring the Garden Route later this month. The scenery along the way is wonderful, but driving over Sir Lowry’s Pass isn’t my favorite. Drivers are erratic and aggressive, and most of the N2 is not divided, so there’s no median strip to separate…

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Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko is a South African politician and Member of Parliament (MP). She is the National Spokesperson for the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Shadow Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (see May 18th blog on SA political parties). The DA is South Africa’s only major opposition party to the ruling African National Congress…

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