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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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    March/April 2023 Newsletter Reprint – What do Pittbulls & Dung Beetles Have in Common?

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo. So thrilled you’re joining me on my camo jeep for a safari. I have so MUCH to share, so settle into your comfy seat and get ready for some divine animals and a bit of introspection. Every month when preparing my newsletter, I think of one word that will capture the essence of what I want to share. This month it’s TENACITY. As many of you know, I am a realtor as well as a writer. I’ve been in real estate for thirty years, practicing in VA, IL, TX and twenty of those years I’ve spent in FL. I love what I do and the…

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    August 2022 Newsletter Reprint – Home is Where the Heart is…

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and welcome aboard my camo jeep. So very good to have you close again. It’s always my delight to share my adventures with you. As we cruise through this majestic game reserve where dusk holds fast to lavender and orange skies, let’s keep an eye out for the sleeping-places animals call ‘home’. Want to know more about the complex burrows and chambers of adorable meerkats? Read “Zebra” and learn from Papin how these adorable animals protect, work and survive together in their underground burrows. Look high up to the top of the cliffs to precarious precipices. There massive eagles’ nests balance in impossibly high places.…

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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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    May 2022 Newsletter Reprint – The Boabab Tree and Me

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo. A huge welcome back to my Untamed Unexpected Unforgettable safari. At this time of year particularly, my bi-continental inclinations and my *baobab tree existence, become significantly confusing. When May rolls in, my northern hemisphere world is budding and alive. In our home in Florida, there is an abundance of babies. Wee birds learning to fly, baby squirrels learning the rules of the road, and recently sparse trees have become gloriously abundant with the promise of more leaves on the way. But May in the southern hemisphere is quite different. Everything is dying. Trees are dismally bare; animals are putting final touches on their plans for…

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    April 2022 Newsletter Reprint – Let’s Celebrate Friends

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo and welcome to my camo jeep. Thank you for spending time to celebrate the privilege of having “Zebra” the novel released as an AUDIO BOOK with me. Isn’t it fabulous to hear Peter Noble through the jeep’s speaker system?   Zebra Audiobook Jill Wallace – YouTube Thank you to the lovely Pauline Baird Jones for creating this adorable video for me! To say Peter is ‘narrating’ “Zebra” (the audio) is a dismal understatement. This famous talent, winner of The Audie and The Rone is ‘LIVING’ “Zebra”. Peter Noble’s incredible ear for accents, and his innate ability to bring characters to life, makes for a mesmerizing…

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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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    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.…

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    April 2021 Newsletter Reprint

    This is a reprint of the April 2021 Newsletter – to get the news before anyone else, make sure to sign up for my newsletter! ~~~~~ Hellooooooo again, my friend! So thrilled you’re letting me share my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world with you again. April is bidding us a fond adieu and spring has sprung. All things new and fresh abound. May this find delightful new beginnings and fresh starts being offered to you, with outstretched hands. Go on, grab them. Our only guarantee of time, is NOW. After three long years of gestation – Zebra will be born imminently. In that time, we could have birthed an African elephant (645 days),…