News from Sowetan, South African newspaper

Yesterday I was at the University of Botswana for a site visit.  I am working with a landscape architecture firm to design a new Central Campus Plaza at UB.  On site, we stepped into a container office to inquire on the whereabouts of Busi.  As her colleague searched for her cell number to call her, I picked up a copy … Continue reading

to desert moonscapes, the skeleton coast, and back.

This trip was about visiting our friend Joseph, who Ty and I met in Harare, Zimbabwe last October during a permaculture design course.  Joseph is from the San bushmen, lives in Namibia, and works with people in his communities to create food gardens in the Khalahari Desert. Ty and I sat on the front stoop … Continue reading

afternoon conversations under a green leafed canopy on a humid summer’s day in malawi

Parables of Malawian people are carved into the massive wooden doors that open onto the stone patio at June Walkers home.  We sit in chairs at a table across from a chorus of mixed plants in various sized pots gathering around the midsection of a tree.  We sit elevated, as if on a platform in … Continue reading

“time is a pony ride” talking heads

Time isn’t holding us, Time isn’t after us, Time isn’t owning up, Time is a pony ride. ~Talking Heads Something has created cognitive dissonance in my mind for years.  Maybe it makes sense to most people and I’m the lagging animal in the pack, but for quite some time I could never get this straight … Continue reading

Stop Being So Religious ~ Hafiz

What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being So religious Like That. ~Hafiz

Women’s Health in Southern Africa

A reality of southern Africa is the high rate of HIV/AIDS infections among the regional population. Swaziland and Botswana are the two countries with the highest (in the world) rates of HIV among their populations. Interestingly, many women are also showing up with cervical cancer. During the recent National Hiv/Aids, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Other … Continue reading

Words from Ernest Hemingway

Excerpt from The Green Hills of Africa, which must include one of the longest sentences in literary history: If you serve time for society, democracy, and the other things quite young, and declining any further enlistment make yourself responsible only to yourself, you exchange the pleasant, comforting stench of comrades for something you can never … Continue reading

exploring namibia: joseph and the san bushmen

*photos credited to ty burns* I have just returned from a 25 day road trip with a good friend, Ty Burns, into the wilds of Namibia.  The impetus of the trip was to visit our friend Joseph who we met at a Permaculture Design Course last October in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Joseph is from the San … Continue reading

cassia abbreviata may help people with hiv

I learned today of a plant- cassia abbreviata- that is thought to decrease viral loads for people with hiv. Basically, there is only anecdotal evidence, but researchers met with a traditional healer in Botswana, and they tested the plant, and the results show that it decreases the amount of the virus in a person’s body. … Continue reading

just another day…

This morning, as I was driving out the dirt road towards Rurestse to Green Gem nursery, I passed by a truck full of workers in blue jackets.  This is a regular sight.  It’s a crew of workers hitching a ride out to someone’s farm or construction site to work for the day, wearing the blue … Continue reading