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    February 2024 Newsletter Reprint – Hands, Hearts & Fun Stuff

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and here we are, together again in my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. How happy that makes me. I hope it does the same for you. Three or more weeks before Valentine’s Day, hundreds of flights from Colombia and Ecuador delivered around 18,000 tons of flowers to the Florida hub in Miami this year. There were roses and carnations from Bogota; pompons, hydrangeas, and chrysanthemums from Medellin; and roses, carnations, and gypsophila from Quito to name just a few. All in the name of love. Or lust. Or hopefulness.   UNTAMED! But I reckon we should go back to basics. What happened to good old hand-holding? It’s free, you…

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    February 2024 Newsletter Reprint – Please Punxsutawney Phil, no more winter!!

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, again! Simply delighted to have you all bundled up in my camo jeep, safe from the north’s bitter cold, but if you’re in the southern part of my mobile adventure vehicle, enjoy the sunshine, friend.  jillwallaceauthor@gmail.com. I’m always here to lend an ear. Let’s take another look at my Untamed Unexpected Unforgettable world. WAIT! As I was typing that, I realized, it’s not MY Untamed unexpected Unforgettable world, but OURS. Yours and mine. Now I feel all warm and fuzzy! UNTAMED! In the name of cyber security (or something – I don’t know my bits from my bytes) changes have been foisted upon us to…

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    Something old, Something wonderful, & Something exciting

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and welcome to my chilly camo jeep! Please reach for your warm hand-knitted blanket below your seat ;o) Imagination is required on our safari, but I know you have it in grandiose volumes. UNTAMED! One of my followers is ONDIEKI ONTWEKA from Kenya. He sent me some gorgeous photos, taken in and around his area, and I couldn’t wait to share one with you. Imagine yourself right there, on the plateau. Smell the oldest red earth on the African continent mixed with the dust of billions and billions of animal hoofs and paws on a continuous migration over earth’s oldest surface. Feel the fresh mountain…

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    September 2023 Newsletter Reprint – Little Pigs, Squirrel Brains and Music, Music, Music.

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and Welcome to my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. I love that you come back for more. Thank you! This is the most unusual safari. It’s a hodgepodge of human delights to take you away from hot weather, hurricanes, floods and fires. You see, my beloved has discovered the wonder that is YouTube. What was once a blissfully silent house where I could think my own thoughts, well when the dogs aren’t barking, has become the noisiest house in the hood. Athol’s debilitating disease renders him homebound. His eyesight is deteriorating but his love for music keeps him excited and entertained. Now he has found the…

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    May 2023 Newsletter Reprint – Announcement, cookies, and more!

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and WELCOME BACK to my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable World. In Melbourne, Florida, Spring wraps our trees with leaves and baby squirrels dance in golden sunshine in the northern hemisphere, while south of the equator, autumn’s fingers gently stroke flowers, plants, leaves and lawns, whispering promises of a winter of rest. I’ve always thought April in South Africa the best month of all. The skies are endlessly blue and the beating sun has moved towards the Tropic of Cancer, leaving perfectly moderate temperatures by day and nights with just enough nip in the air to remind us that we’re vital and alive. Kick off your shoes…

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    June 2022 Newsletter Reprint – Celebrating Remarkable Friends

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo again, and welcome to my camo jeep. Half of 2022 is nearly done, so let’s not another minute waste. As your tushy nestles into the cushy seat from which you’ll enjoy our virtual safari, check out the thought for the day, hanging from the front of the jeep. “Of all the means to ensure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.” Epicurus. I feel an overwhelming gratitude for the greatest gift of all – friendship. On this tour, while we watch the animals palling around, I’m excited to share a few of my remarkable friends and their accomplishments…

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    March 2022 Newsletter Reprint – A Delicious, Sweet and Savory Email…

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and welcome to my camo jeep! How grateful I am that you’ve joined me in my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. Just as if you were sitting in Oprah’s audience in the days of plenty, you’ll find a gift under your seat of my jeep today. :o) Cars are so cumbersome to be sent digitally. :o) Gas is horrendously expensive, and since we must be mindful of the planet, your prize has no wheels—but it’ll give you and your loved ones more than one exotic culinary trip! So, just for you, the tried and tasted Untamed Cookbook, simmering with delicious South African dishes for you to…

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    February 2022 Newsletter Reprint – Excerpts await you…

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and welcome back to my camo jeep! I don’t know about you, but my life’s been a hellofa ride lately, so, climb aboard and let you and me de-stress, and soak up nature’s wonders as we cruise along, reveling in the unmarred beauty around us. Deep breath in, as we welcome all things that make us happy, and out… letting go of all the nyagas (troubles/rubbish/poop/yukkie stuff) while we cruise through the living, breathing, beautiful tableau that is South Africa’s wild side. As we watch the elephant frolic and the flamingoes fly in sync, skimming the water with wide pink wings; and we hear the…

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    January 2022 Newsletter Reprint – It’s Summer in South Africa

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo again, and welcome back to my camo-painted jeep. It’s clean as a whistle thanks to the heavy rains in Gauteng (formerly the Transvaal) this time of year. It’s the height of summer in South Africa, and on our safari today the animals will be in their element as they show off, frolic and play, making the most of the newly created waterholes. You see, water is scarce in southern Africa, so when at last the rains come, all of us—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish—celebrate.     Today we might see a herd of elephants trumpeting and playfully squirting each other as they convert…

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    December 2021 Newsletter Reprint

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Hellooooooooo, and welcome again to my shiny, camo jeep with the notes of “Auld Lang Sein” welcoming you aboard. Another year of challenges we were forced to overcome, but very soon a brand spanking new 2022 will dawn, and we must prepare ourselves to take on this challenge. 2021 has turned me into a crusty old lion. Once virile and popular with lionesses, he’s now scarred and tired as he limps from pride to pride with his own pride long gone, just trying to fit in. But each time he’s ousted by young and virile kings who can better serve the lionesses who hunt for him.…