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suellen-ocean's picture
Apr.05.2012
250,000 years ago the sea receded 600 feet below where it is now, making a continuous strip of land from Africa to Ireland's far west. And what made it nice was that the climate was warm and dry. Eventually, a glacial period broke Europe into islands with high sea levels and cold weather.  ...
cheryl-merrill's picture
Mar.21.2012
In 1999, near Kruger National Park, I spent a day spent following the paw prints of lions.  Six would-be trackers and two rangers named Syd and Bernardo clump together and stare at a set of padded marks in the sand.  "Which way?"  Syd asks.  We point variously in the same...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.18.2012
Perhaps Kafka might have perceived some modest interest being held for his works in Wales, but Africa - not so much. I do like the interpretation given to "A Report to an Academy" in Africa. What ape wouldn't? Franz Kafka * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Namibia: Ape Visits Theatre  ...
cheryl-merrill's picture
Mar.10.2012
Something rustles in the underbrush.  My sleepy senses come to full alert.  It’s an ancient world out there, full of primitive memories storied at the bottom of our brains.   My fears are primitive, hard-wired into the base of my brain from the time when humans were prey to huge...
cheryl-merrill's picture
Mar.05.2012
Whenever I leave for Africa I am always asked, “Aren’t you afraid?” “Of what?” “Snakes.  Alligators.  Spiders.  Lions.”  “Well,” I usually reply, “There are no alligators in Africa.  Only crocodiles.” “So crocodiles, whatever.” I have a healthy respect for crocodiles....
cheryl-merrill's picture
Feb.22.2012
Whenever I leave for Africa I am always asked, “Aren’t you afraid?” “Of what?” “Snakes.  Alligators.  Spiders.  Lions.”  “Well,” I usually reply, “There are no alligators in Africa.  Only crocodiles.” “So crocodiles, whatever.” I have a healthy respect for crocodiles....
zhana-books's picture
Feb.22.2012
The film The First Grader explores what can happen when we don't share Black history - in this case, the history of colonisation in Kenya - with the next generation.  The First Grader tells the story of Maruge, an elderly Kenyan man who has never learned to read and write, and who decides to...
james-whyle's picture
Feb.04.2012
    The kid wiped the water from his nose with the back of his hand. He shivered and then he looked at Evans. You ever killed a woman? No, said Evans. You? No, said the joiner. Child? No. The kid looked at Waine. You? Not yet, said Waine.   A realist nightmare that piles horror upon...
cheryl-merrill's picture
Jan.30.2012
Once, a long time ago, a village was raided in the land of those who called themselves the “real” people.  All the men were killed.  One widow was so sad that she cried and cried and cried, until her tears filled a large salty lake.  Many pink birds came to that lake, which had begun...
cheryl-merrill's picture
Jan.21.2012
Just at the edge of darkness, where the light of our fire does not penetrate, an elephant thunders by, trumpeting the whole way, a classic illustration of the Doppler Effect - sound that condenses, rises in pitch, crescendos, blows by, drops pitch, recedes. We lift our heads in surprise.  ...