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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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    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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    October 2021 Newsletter Reprint

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and welcome back to my camo-painted, open air jeep. I can’t wait to take you on a safari to see the wilds of lovely South Africa! We’re off to see nature’s finest creations – the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino. Just a reminder: from this jeep, the only shots taken will be via a phone or camera lens. ;o) While we drive deep into the African bush, we could contemplate spooky things since it’s Halloween, but how about I play a little melody for you from the days of yore. “Blue Moon” is one of my all-time favorites though it…

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    September 2021 Newsletter Reprint

    Read Previous Newsletter Reprints Helloooooooooo, and welcome to my Safari Jeep! I am delighted to have you hop on aboard for a little meander in my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. Today we’re taking a detour down memory lane. Pull on your leg warmers, bolster up your shoulder pads, perm your hair or tease it … whatever it takes to make it BIG, baby … and let’s step back in time to 1980! If you were born in that decade or later, bear with me, I’ll paint you a picture. But first things first and for the sake of what MUST be said urgently, I’m going to muddle up my Untamed,…

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    July 2021 Newsletter Reprint

    Hellooooooo and welcome to my Safari Jeep! I am delighted to have you hop on aboard for a little meander in my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. Can you believe August is upon us? As my mother would say … “Where HAS the year gone?” I’ll have so much to share in this newsletter I’ll jump right in … UNTAMED! Untamed? Oh, yeah, baby … (or maybe should I say, “Oh, yeah, bairn!”) My friend and brilliant author, Brenna Ash has a new novel that’s just made its swashbuckling debut. A Pirate’s Treasure, Book 1 in the thrilling new Scottish Rogues of the High Seas series is NOW AVAILABLE. Brenna wastes…

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    July 2021 Special Edition 2 Newsletter Reprint

    This is a reprint of the July 2021 Newsletter – to get the news before anyone else, make sure to sign up for my newsletter! ~~~~~ Hellooooooo again, Jill, and welcome to my safari jeep. It’s revving up and ready to ride the bushveld in search of all things Untamed, Unexpected and Unforgettable. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, wear your sunhat. If you’re down south, a beanie and some fluffy earmuffs might be in order. So glad you’re here! I’ve declared July, “Love Your Dog More Month.” I’m heady with this self-anointed power to call a month whatever I-darn-well-please because in a month crammed with handles, who’ll notice? July…

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    July 2021 Special Edition Newsletter Reprint

    This is a reprint of the July 2021 Newsletter – to get the news before anyone else, make sure to sign up for my newsletter! ~~~~~ Helloooooooooo, and hop right into my camo-painted jeep for a very short safari.   In fact, it’s so short, you’ll only get to see a solitary zebra. The reason for our electronic soiree is to share my great excitement with you. Zebra is not only released into the world, but “he” is flourishing and made the coveted Amazon #1 New Release banner in African Literature. To celebrate, we ordered just a limited number of printed books to sell as our Limited Edition, First Run…

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    May 2021 Newsletter Reprint

    This is a reprint of the May 2021 Newsletter – to get the news before anyone else, make sure to sign up for my newsletter! ~~~~~ Hellooooo again, and welcome to my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. I don’t mean to bombard you with emails, but I want you to know…TODAY is the day Athol’s and my baby is born! Zebra, the novel, is released today! Zebra comes in ebooks, print, and hardcover copies! You can find it on Amazon, Apple Books, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, and even more retailers! Our collaboration on this book, started off with great excitement which turned into a butting of left and right brains. Athol’s pragmatism…

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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),…