Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert

I have read with great interest the comments on the blog about the Bushmen and other local tribes in the southern part of Africa. I spent three days with the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert and it truly was something to see.

It would be great if safari soul and Val and anyone else wrote something for the weekly Newsletters about these local tribes. Or any other interesting stories having to do with world travel and world culture.

Please send to me at . Thanks and have a good weekend. Richard

P.S. I mentioned this in a comment earlier in the week, but if anyone goes on line and sees that the Zaandam cruise is sold out, I reserved enough cabins so our group still has a few cabins left.. If you were contemplating joining, please do so at your first convenience.. Thanks, Richard


dreamweaver18 said...

Goeie Dag:) El Capitan Roe, Joe, Posse and Fellow Travellers! nice to see the title: "The Bushmen Of The Kalahari Desert"...what an incredible experience you must have had with those sweet people!
You seem to have a deep connection with Africa RR!
I'll put me shoulder to the wheel and see what I can conjure up pertaining to the Bushmen/African Tribes etc.
Wishing ALL a beautiful day!
senior-ita-chikita bachelorette

Saturday, April 29, 2006 11:45:28 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

ooops forgot to add into my first comment...the language of the Kalahari Bushmen consists of clicking is fascinating to listen to and at times has an almost musical lilt to it...RR you know this stuff ;)
to be continued.....
ciao for now

Saturday, April 29, 2006 12:07:22 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

I'm looking forward to reading all about the Bushmen. I've been hearing about how very awful the genoside in the Sudan is. How close is that to the Bushmen? My prayers have been for them. I believe that God hears all prayers. I can't answer about His timing, but in the old testament, the Isralites suffered for a long time before He sent Moses to deliver them. I think we keep waiting for God to do something about that and God keeps waiting for us to do something about it. M.M. Corbett

Saturday, April 29, 2006 2:18:56 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Val and Safarri Soul and Droma...Your comments are very interesting. The closest I've been to tribes and Africa is via Jenna Elfman's movie where her husband played a professor and supposedly discovered this unknown tribe. He camafloged the back yard and painted the kids to try to film it and fake it. I can't remember the name of it but it was a hoot. Thanks for the stories. Dr. Ellen thanks for what you wrote me on my blog on childbirth. I am not good about looking at comments on my own blog so just read it. Thanks again. You seem like a dedicated doctor and I appreciate you. Okie Mary B.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 2:42:40 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

RR...please share with us your 4 day experience with The Bushmen Of The Kalahari Desert :)
They are expert 'trackers' and still kill their game with poisoned
arrows. They know just where to dig for the roots of specific plants and find water in an otherwise desolate terrain! They bury some of their food in the sand, including the very large and heavy Ostrich eggs and know just where to find it again! They make fires by rubbing sticks together on flint with dry twigs. Their singing is something else to listen to and the instruments are twangy, almost eerie sounding!
There is an incredible movie called 'The Gods Must Be Crazy' filmed entirely in the Kalahari Desert years ago,featuring The Bushmen, hilarious to say the least! It must be on DVD by now...a must see, in fact there is 'The God's Must Be Crazy 2' both are equally FUNny! :) They live a life far removed from our world and have done so for centuries!
to be continued...I better save my stories for the Newsletter ;)
Happy Trails>>>>>>>>
p.s. RR I stand to correction if anything has changed as you lived with them for 4 days!

Saturday, April 29, 2006 4:49:03 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

RR...Joe....Posse and Fellow Travellers!
Tune In to CNN PRESENTS....Bill Clinton, Richard Gere, Dr. Sanjay Gupta all pleading for help re putting an end to CHILDREN dying of is a powerful CNN presentation on now and will repeat again later tonite...a MUST SEE...when it comes to the CHILDREN of the World, that is where my heart truly lies:

Saturday, April 29, 2006 5:58:40 PM  
Beedee said...

"Ours souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it." -- Rabbi Harold Kushner

I look forward to learning more about the Kalahari Bushman.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:55:44 PM  
soft_rain said...

President Bush recently went to a primary school in Macon, Georgia,
>>to talk about the world. After his talk, he asked if the children
>>had any questions.
>>One little boy put up his hand, and the president asked him his
>>"And what is your question, Kenneth?"
>>"I have three questions:
>>1 . Whatever happened to the weapons of mass destruction?
>>2 . Why did you give a tax break to the super wealthy?
>>3 . Did you steal votes to win both elections?"
>>Just then the bell rang for recess. President Bush informed the
>>kiddies that they would continue after recess.

When they resumed,
>>the President said "OK, where were we? Oh, that's right, question
>>Who has a question?"
>>A little girl put her hand up. Bush pointed her out and asked her
>>her name.
>>And what is your question, Larissa?"
>>"I have five questions:
>>1. Whatever happened to the weapons of mass destruction?
>>2. Why did you give a tax break to the super wealthy?
>>3. Did you steal votes to win both elections?
>>4. Why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?
>>5. What happened to Kenneth?"

Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:57:46 PM  
soft_rain said...

One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love.

When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up beans.

Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work.

Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home.

On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odor of baked beans was more than I could stand.

With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reached home, so I stopped at the diner and before I knew it,

I had consumed t three large orders of baked beans.

All the way home, I made sure that I released all the gas.

Upon my arrival, my husband seemed excited to see me and exclaimed
delightedly: "Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight."

He then blindfolded me and led m e to my chair at the dinner table.

I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the
telephone rang.

He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call.

The baked beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming most unbearable,

so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go.

It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a pulpwood mill.

I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously.

Then, shifting to the other cheek, I ripped off three more.

The stink was worse than cooked cabbage.

Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on like this for another few minutes.

The pleasure was indescribable.

When eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my freedom, I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin,
placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself.

My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long.

He asked me if I had peeked through the blindfold, and assured him I had not.

At this point, he removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated
around the table chorused: "Happy Birthday!"

I fainted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2006 10:02:09 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Good Morning Prof.Roe ;) Joe, Lone Rangers and Fellow Travelers!
The Bushmen Of The Kalahari are in Southern Africa, Sudan is very far away from that area, if you refer to a map, you will see the distance! The Bushmen wear only a loincloth made from animal hide and are never without their bows and arrows which they carry across their backs when hunting or walking from one point to the other. They are not into fancy face painting as are other tribes, very low key and quietly go about living their lives in the desert.
They are very happy and love to laugh and they are great story-tellers!
If you go into and enter THE !KUNG OF THE KALAHARI DESERT you will read all about this tribe, fascinating stuff! RR inspite of all the information available on your 'hands on experience' living with them for the 4 days is a rare glimpse into their hearts and souls, we ALL look forward to hearing about it !
Live Life With Passion!
senior-ita-chikita bachelorette

Sunday, April 30, 2006 7:39:23 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

oops correction: the original way of killing the animal for their food, hide, etc. is creeping up as close as possible to the animal, an arrow is inserted into a long tube and blown hard aimed specifically at a certain part of the animal which kills it almost immediately without suffering! They use the bow and arrow in addition to the ancient method mentioned above! With the increasing amount of tourism through these areas, the delicate balance of their ancient ways is slowly succumbing to the 'outside world's' lure of money etc.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 8:04:16 AM  
Merry Mary said...

I was just looking at the Tulsa World and there's an article called Unusual pieces bring higher prices. At the end is a collector quiz...saying A perfume bottle with a zip code on the label was made after

A. In 1962,the USPS required that all mail have a ZIP code.
Source The Wonerful World of Collecting Perfume Botttles by Jane Flanagan,$29.95 from collector books. The Thoughts and Considerations section is loaded with practical advice.
Congratulations our very own Lady Jane. I will mail you the artical.

Then I looked at the tv guide section and lo and behold the movie about the African fake tribe is on UPN at 2 here and the name of it =Krippendorf'sTribe It's probably too silly for the more sophiticated but if I'm here I'm goin to watch it again. (my Okie intellect) Richard Dreyfus stars with Jenna Elfman.
I hope you all have a blessed day full of joy,love and peace.
Dear Val I can't wait to read your's and Safarri Souls write ups for Richard's newsletters.
P.S. I wish to apologize for offending any of you with my past blond jokes. That certainly was not my intent. I guess just because I think something is funny doesn't mean everyone else will. I received an email asking me to stop from one of the bloggers.I won't use her name but especially to her....I'm sorry. MM

Sunday, April 30, 2006 8:06:13 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Thanks Val, I knew you'd be a quick reference. It's so much nicer to receive information from one of my blog sisters. Just the communication seems like a blessing.
Beedee, I'm a spiritual person too. I believe the greatest direction we can have is to follow the direction given to us through the relationship we have with our creator regarding the specific plan He says He has for our lives in Jeremiah 29:ll. We never know which way life is going to take us but the best way to cope with those uncertainties is to learn to "adapt" to the changes. Thanks so much for your input. M.M.Corbett

Sunday, April 30, 2006 12:06:11 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

A blogger commented that I have a love for Africa. Yes I do, and I have been there on four separate occasions. I study things going on there daily and I have for years.

For 30 years I have felt my thoughts on Africa was falling on deaf ears. Finally, FINALLY, the Sudanese refugees are getting some attention. More than 400,000 killed already, more than 2 million burned out of their villages and are wandering around the Darfur region and Chad, and women being raped constantly. All by the janjaweed-the killers set out by the Arabs in Sudan.

In simple terms, the Arabs are trying to wipe out, to ethnic cleanse, the native Sudanese and take their lands. The Arabs have planes and other weapons, and the native Sudanese have basic military equipment.

Last year both C. Rice and C. Powell declared that a genocide was happening, and then the world just watched.

The recent visit by George Clooney and his father have stirred up some media attention. Where the hell is the UN? Where the hell is US aid? where the hell is the rest of the African nations?

In my opinion, the US and the rest of the world don't care because it's a race thing and there isn't enough oil there that we care about. If Sudan was white and had plenty of oil, for sure we would be there helping out.

That's my opinion. Richard Roe

Sunday, April 30, 2006 1:39:09 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy RR, Joe, Posse and Fellow Travelers!
Reminder tonight at 5pm on the West Coast....8pm here on the East Coast is Bill Clinton, etc. again 'CNN PRESENTS'...please watch it.... riveting especially the South African 21 year old adorable African Girl with AIDS, now married with a baby. She is THE focus of CNN PRESENTS tonight!

MERRYMARY and M.M.CORBETT: my blog sisters, I hope U2 are rehearsing for the contest on the Alaskan Cruise in August, YOU GO GIRLS! ;)
Doo Wup Girls, don't let your fans down ye hear?

JANIEGIRL: I hope your book is flying off the shelves, tomorow I plan to obtain my copy in addition to another one that everyone is buzzing about called ZIPPORAH, the wife of Moses who performed their son's circumcision using Flint because Moses was too ill to do it Himself! She was the wind beneathe His wings!
(My Hebrew name just happens to be Zipporah as my Father's name was Moshe/Moses)

BEEDEE: wise words from Rabbi Harold Kushner, thank you for sharing.

Remember to live life with passion and have FUN!
senior-ita-chikita-bonita bachelorette

Sunday, April 30, 2006 2:20:59 PM  
soft_rain said...

April 30 : On this day

1789 - George Washington took office as the first President of the United States.

1945 - Martin Bormann and Heinz Linge found Adolf Hitler dead in the F├╝hrerbunker.

1975 - North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon, ending the Vietnam War.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:49:13 PM  
soft_rain said...

I have posted new pictures on my are all welcome to come peek

Dragonfilly thank you for stopping by, it was nice hearing from you

Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:52:16 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

"Shake Hands with the Devil" was published in 2003 -- and and the genocide in Rwanda was happening long before then. I think, like Nazi Germany in the 40s, people suspected it, but were too afraid to do anything...Romeo Dallaire, one Canadian who almost fought a single handed battle to bring greater awareness of this political landmine, sacrificed a lot to do so...and yep, you are too right, RR, that because there was no oil or other rich resource to exploit there, the American politicians could not be bothered...shame shame all i can say.

soft_rain, hi, come over and see me sometime.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:53:42 PM  
wanderlust said...

Dig back into African or any other History:
Genocide is as old as man, and remains a world wide problem.
Trying to impose ones religious or any other believes on others, if not peaceful, than by force, is another age old problem.
Arabs are part of Sudan's population.

YAHOO search SUDAN, for update on what the UN is doing and how you can help.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 5:29:59 PM  
Debbie said...

Rwanda - I can't recall how many years ago now - our company provide film services to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief...

The crew were tramatized by the amount of dead bodies flowing down the river. I do not believe these people recovered from the shock.

It is forever etched in their minds (and on film) and I am thankful that I was not witness to this horrible horrible crime that continues to this day.

When a "REFUGEE" camp - is the size of a city larger than Vancouver, BC - YOU HAVE TO KNOW that there is something VERY, VERY wrong with our world and the people in it.

The CLWR (to my mind) is another worth while organization that puts aside politics and puts forward humanity.

I have no answers to how to continue to manage this incredible waste of life controlled by a few.

Just passing on some inside information.

Enjoy every day - you can!!!


Sunday, April 30, 2006 7:37:53 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

There can be no justification for genocide.

The UN "dropped the ball" on this one, and only after public pressure are they now doing something...just saw bits of the news today, and all the demonstrations in Canada, and other parts of the world, calling on governments and the UN to step up the aide going into that region.

Monday, May 01, 2006 12:34:40 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Good Morning RR & Co.
When we take a few minutes to reflect on the atrocities that has occured in the world over thousands of years and nothing has changed, the wheel of repetition keeps turning and turning until we Humans finally 'get it' and step off this wheel to change our barbaric ways towards one another in war, and one-on-one interaction!
All our Sisters and Brothers who have suffered and are still suffering in our world today, especially THE CHILDREN who are scarred because of this, we as Humans need to 'wake up and smell the roses'. Every time a Sister, Brother, Child suffers, we each suffer individually, it affects the QUANTUM, whether we acknowledge it or not! It starts with each of us taking the first step towards respecting and loving ourselves enough to take responsibility for our actions and words and then we are able to share this with our Sisters and Brothers of the world. One by one we will have a positive impact and slowly the world will become a peaceful place to live in, we owe it to our CHILDREN, that is our legacy we leave behind for them and their CHILDREN and so forth! Let us never forget the 'BUTTERFLY EFFECT'.......
carpe diem
live life with passion!
senior-ita-chikita-bonita bachelorette

Monday, May 01, 2006 5:47:41 AM  
Merry Mary said...

As the song says...Let there be peace on earth...Let it begin with me.

Monday, May 01, 2006 6:56:58 AM  
wanderlust said...

Like Val says, lets start with one another!
Next, clean up this country. It is close enough for all of us to make a difference and know what our actions should be. We can witness the results and where our donations go.
What happened to the millions sent to Rwanda? All we know is that it did not end up with the people.
An important African stated that it went into the "wrong hands, and that is where the money usually ends up".
He went on: "Africans have to start taking action and responsibility for themselves!"

Monday, May 01, 2006 10:06:44 AM  
Beedee said...

Like Val and Wanderlust, I'd like to make a difference in the world.

However, as an American living in America, I've been focusing my energies on what I can do to improve conditions here.

Is there an update from any of the senior bachelorettes who wanted to get a group together to rebuild homes for Katrina survivors?

Monday, May 01, 2006 11:19:59 AM  
turnerover said...

It's horrible to read about the examples of genocide in Africa but why don't we hear more about what the Chinese are doing to the Tibetans? These gentle, kind people are being wiped out and will soon be gone and very seldom does anyone speak about it. Richard Gere and Robert Thurman are great spokespersons for this tragic cause.


Monday, May 01, 2006 11:29:13 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello RR, Joe, Posse and Fellow Travelers!
The Tibetan people with whom I also have a heart-to heart connection certainly suffered long enough and I pray they return to their beloved Tibet in my lifetime!
There is an interesting movie called 'KUNDUN' which is filmed entirely in Tibet. KUNDUN is the name given to His Holiness The Dalai Lama and it is a synopsis of the journey to find His Holiness Dalai Lama as a child in order to prepare Him for his Life's journey!
It is a wonderful movie showing how as a child His Holiness recognises all that he possessed in the previous incarnation from shoes, eye glasses, etc. and that confirms that the Child is indeed the reincarnation of His Holiness Dalai Lama. The movie is based on the true story and not fabricated!

JENNY: hoe gaan dit? :) I love your story taking place in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains(Drakensberg meaning 'mountains of the dragon') I have always yearned to visit that part of South Africa as it is truly 'Heaven On Earth' I have a special book written by ELizabeth Klarer who grew up at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains on a small farm her parents owned, where the horses could run wild and free! Elizabeth along with her husband were pilots and worked in the 'Intelligence Department' for the South African Air Force UFO Division and during World War 11 decoded German communications. She was applauded by a group of Scientists representing 22 nations when she gave a speech about the secret of Light. In 1983 She addressed The House Of Lords and her paper was read at the United Nations. In 1985 she travelled to Switzerland to speak on national TV. 1986 She was given VIP treatment when she visited NASA and many top scientists in the United States. After many years of being sworn to secrecy, Elizabeth finally wrote a book called 'Beyond The Light Barrier' and travelled extensively through the U.S. She travelled back and forth from her beloved Drakensberg Mountains until she met her demise in the early seventies.

carpe diem
fellow traveller

Monday, May 01, 2006 12:16:58 PM  
Merry Mary said...

I am ready to go trout fishing and bird watching. Great letter Jenny. My frieds in Surprise, Az. just emailed me some awsome bird pictures. Hummingbirds have built a nest and she has laid 2 little bitty eggs on their patio ceiling fan. Now it will be 14 days before the babies arrive. Hummingbirds amaze me. I can sit and watch them forever. MM

Monday, May 01, 2006 2:07:00 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

beedee: good on ya, we all have to do what we can, and what we are realistically comfortable doing...there are so many worthy causes, yes...which one do we give our attention to. ... UBC and Simon Fraser U students have all marched and protested (at various times) against the atrocities visited on the people of Tibet...again, because there is no oil there, people with money and power do nothing...

...we are indeed in need of spiritual transformation...Thomas Merton wrote: "What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without is, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous."

Sogyal Rinpoche writes: "We spend millions of dollars every minute on training people to kill and destroy, and on bombs and planes and missiles. But we spend hardly anything, in comparison, on teaching human beings the nature of life and death".

i think when we truly understand ourselves, we can have a better understanding of others...we keep looking "out there" for the answers, when in the end, the answer is inside our own selves

Monday, May 01, 2006 2:50:51 PM  
soft_rain said...

Beedee....Wonderful idea....are you new here? have you blogged under another name ? just wondering..........

I wonder if Operah 's angel network could use us all as volunteer's?

Hmmmm let's see.....what if I set up a Blog just for that purpose....those interrested could sign up to volunteer their time or donate directly to the Angel network....

What if the blog was called...
Senior Angels

Monday, May 01, 2006 8:56:16 PM  
Merry Mary said...

It is time to change from REDNECK humor to TRUE AMERICAN Humor! Only I
don't see it as Humor, but the correct way to LIVE YOUR LIFE !
You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: It never occurred to you to be
offended by the phrase, "One nation, under God."

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never protested about seeing
the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You still say "Christmas" instead of
"Winter Festival."

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You stand and place your hand over
your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You treat Viet Nam vets with great
respect, and always have.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never burned an American flag.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You know what you believe and you
aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You respect your elders and expect
your kids to do the same.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You'd give your last dollar to a

Peace to all. Love,Mary "Proud American"

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 7:24:18 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello Richard, Joe, Posse and Fellow Travellers!
MERRYMARY: I am a South African living in Canada but must have a bitty AMERICAN in m' blood because I feel very patriotic towards the RED WHITE AND BLUE! I have a larger than LIFE size South African and American Flag. The 4th of July is one of my very favourite times of the year and always 'tune in' to the celebrations! As far back as I can remember growing up in South Africa, I felt a yearning for the U.S.A and would stand in front of the mirror with a broom stick, a sweater over my head with the sleeves dangling on either side pretending that I had long flowing
remember, When You Dream.....DREAM BIG! Look at me in Canada...could I be closer to the U.S.A ????
senior-ita-chikita-bonita bachelorette

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 8:05:32 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Val,I too love the 4th of July.Before my Bill died we took our 2 oldest grand daughters to Washington D.C.(Bill Clinton's days). We spent the first week in July and had a blast...the parade, fireworks, Smithsonian, children's Holicost,zoo,tours on Greyline buses. The kids will always remember. Do you have grand children.? I now have great grands. Have a great day one and all. Love, MM

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 4:31:00 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

A sunny morning to you Prof. Roe, Joe, Lone Rangers and Fellow Travellers ;)

The Kalahari Desert covers a wide area and as hot as it is during the day, so it cools down considerably during the night! There are nocturnal creatures that creep out as soon as the sun goes down, small animals, snakes etc.
There is one particular snake called the 'Sidewinder' and that is exactly how it crawls across the desert sand, slithering in a sideways motion. It can be found in other parts of South Africa but it's habitat is mainly desert terrain. I am trying to find the meaning of the name KALAHARI, could be Swahili(the language spoken by The Masai in Kenya.) In fact I have a wooden carving of a Masai Warrior, he stands tall and proud! Shirley Maclaine is also connected to the Masai, in her first book 'Out On A Limb' she talks about her sojourn to Kenya!
So, if anyone knows the meaning of the name KALAHARI, I would appreciate it ;) RR maybe you know?? I see in one of your pics you are standing next to the Bushmen, phew RR you look alien compared to them in terms of height....gee
RR I am so excited my Son Trevor has officially started working with Simcha Jacobovici/Documentary Film Producer and will be his Apprentice, so to speak!

MERRYMARY: I do not have Grandchildren as my three are not yet married, my daughter and her beau are moving in together, my sons have girlfriends but still busy adjusting to their new found careers. I certainly look forward to the day when I have Grandchildren as I have a PASSION for Children :)

when you DREAM....DREAM BIG y'all and live life with passion!!!
senior-ita-chikita-bachelorette val

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 5:12:34 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Birdie Num Num!
'Word Up' is that our Eagle Family is still waiting for the second egg to hatch. The first egg hatched but unfortunately something went wrong, now the world is patiently waiting for this little Eaglet to appear and all 'Eagle Eyes' on the nest.
Thanks to is the web address again for those wanting to 'tune in'. may take a few seconds for the picture to appear on your screen due to 'overload' as millions around the world are waiting and watching!
Richard Attenborough's 'The Secret World Of Birds' is an amazing documentary, a must see!
carpe diem
fellow traveller

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 11:44:16 AM  
Josie said...

Apparently the eagle's eggs are not viable. The eagles have been going to the same nest for 17 years, and they are past their prime. The second egg is not expected to hatch either. It's very sad, but it's lovely to watch the nest all the same.


Wednesday, May 03, 2006 12:00:48 PM  
kittykat said...

Val, what was the broomstick for?
You really set yourself up with that remark.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 12:23:44 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

KITTYKAT: the broomstick served as a prop/microphone with dreams of becoming a world class singing look what you have gone and done...made me blush...oh my goodness, I do declare it was an innocent I forgot to clarify)

JOSIE: wow I am disappointed with this news about the Eaglet/s but as you said, interesting to watch all the same. I have always wanted to see the Eagle up close, beautiful bird! Ce la vie!

fellow traveller

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 1:01:21 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Val,speaking of the little animals. I am going to be baby sitting 2 yorkies and 2 sugar gliders next mo. when my grandkids go on a cruise. I had never heard of sugar gliders until my grandson got 2. They look like little tiny squirrels. They eat little grubby looking worms. They are cute as can be but me, I prefer dogs for pets. MM

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 1:24:31 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Everyone, Just back from a convention, and I am trying to catch up. What I know about Africa, you could put on the head of a pin, but I know some of the young men who have managed to come to America, that I have met, are just wonderful boys. Some of them work for Enterprise Auto Rental. They are polite, well spoken, and so extraordinarily grateful to be here in the U.S. A year or so ago, there were 5 boys from Africa over here and a special was run about them. They were intelligent, happy to be in the U.S., hard working, and just lovable. How could we not help them to be successful, and help their people back home? We must help stop this genocide, and like Merry Mary said, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." And, what beautiful stories from the ladies who are so knowledgeable about Africa. I really enjoyed your sharing and learning more about Africa, and with a tear in my eyes. O.K., Miss Val, I think you are a true African, Canadian, and American.
Lots of Love to All!! If I may end with this,and quoting MM, "Let there be peace on this blog and let it begin with us." ....Janie Girl

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 3:23:39 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Prof. Roe ;) Joe, Posse and Fellow Travelers!

JANIEGIRL: Hallelujah Sister! You go girl! I guess I'm a citizen of the world, a traveler passing through and enjoying every minute of it :) As Moses said "I Am A Stranger In A Strange Land"

MERRYMARY: Sugar I have heard everything....I can only think of the Chipmunk which is half the size of a Squirrel(sqrrrl) as my three used to say when they were tiny tots! I have visions of this Squirrely creature trying to get a grip on it's little feet whilst running on a slippery surface...slip slidin' much!

Brings to mind Peter Sellers in the 'Pink Panther' and my very favourite is him starring in 'The Party' He was a genius and I miss his facial expressions and the French accent..."does your durg(dog) bite?" Inspector Clousseau....and best of all his Oriental Karate Teacher/Bodyguard whom he used to practice with and end up breaking down the house, my kinda guy! :) Word has it that they laughed so much 'on set' they had to stop every few minutes to re-group between each 'take'!
On that FUN note....DREAM BIG and LOVE...LAUGH....LIVE with passion!
carpe diem

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 8:26:43 PM  
Merry Mary said...

My goal is to be a citizen of HEAVEN....I can't stand to burn(my version of hell =ironing)....The little girl on Oprah that her husband poured gasoline on her and lit it was the bravest and sweetest child I have ever seen. Her attitude was fantastic. She said what my Moma always said...Beauty is from within.
Welcome back home our dear Lady Jane.
Sugar Gliders are even smaller than chipmunks. I was eating a candy bar at Bear Lake in Estes Park and sitting on a rock and this chipmunk got up in my lap and started helping itself to my candy. There were signs all around saying not to feed the animals but by golley...what do you do when they do it on their own. It was soooo precious.
Have a good day...We're rainning in Tulsa and had thunderstorms during the night.

Thursday, May 04, 2006 6:22:00 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi, When filming Pop&Me I went to the Kalahari Desert in Namibia (it is in other countries as well) and traveled with a small group of Bushmen. I "interviewed" the chief and his son. As a commenter said, they speak in a language with many "clucks." Quite unique. The fantastic movie The Gods Must Be Crazy (the first one not the sequel) really lets you know about their lives. I saw how they made poison, tracked the animals, and how they lived. Pretty much the same for the last 10,000 years or so. Many scientists believe this is where man originated as we know man today. Of course that's very debatable, but what an interesting way of life. We never used the footage in Pop&Me because it didn't "fit" despite spectacular scenery. Ciao, Richard Roe

Thursday, May 04, 2006 11:36:42 AM  
willemina said...

Hello Richard and Ladies
I have to admit that I'm "in the dark" about the subject matters here...I'm going back to the previous post to see if I can catch up with all of you.
I see some new bloggers here or maybe I just don't remember has been a while for me :) welcome beedee, debbie, tunerover,and kittykat
It's also good to see soft rain and PJ blogging again.

Thursday, May 04, 2006 2:07:42 PM  
willemina said...

In times of change, continuous learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to handle a world that no longer exists.

- Erik Hoffer

Thursday, May 04, 2006 3:58:47 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Trisia,I got the cruise cards today and I thank you. I love the duckie card you sent them in....cute,cute,cute. Thank you so much. MM

Thursday, May 04, 2006 4:51:02 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Welcome back Ms. Willey in your pretty blue dress.

Thursday, May 04, 2006 4:51:54 PM  
Nancy said...

Yes, Tricia - I received my cards also. Thanks!!!!!!

Nancy (in Ohio)

Thursday, May 04, 2006 5:03:06 PM  
JanieGirl said...

TRICIA FROM CHICAGO, Thank you for the calling cards. They are lovely! MERRY MARY, Thanks so much for mentioning the columnist in Tulsa. I am so pleased with her mention of my book. Mary, A sugar glider! WOW have never heard of this little creature. I will have to go to the pet stores and look for one. "Out of Africa", As RR said, "perhaps it all started there" and this topic is so controversial, I think leaving it alone is best. Evolution and creationism, where and how it all began will continue to be hot topics, but I am happy that I still have the right to my own beliefs. Guess I have caught up on the blog. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!...... JanieGirl

Friday, May 05, 2006 4:35:47 AM  
Merry Mary said...

D E A T H ~

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was
preparing to leave the examination room and said,
"Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on
the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know
what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on
the other side came a sound of scratching and
whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang
into the room and leaped on him with an eager show
of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you
notice my dog? He's never been in this room before.
He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing
except that his master was here, and when the door
opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of
what is on the other side of death, but I do know
one thing... I know my Master is there and that is
This seems like a great belief for our ultimate journey. I'm not ready to leave this world quiet yet though but we just never know when the day will come so as Val would say with a song...Enjoy yourself..It's later than you think....Enjoy yourself while you're still in the pink...The years go by as quickly as a wink...Enjoy yourself ,enjoy yourself. It's later than you think. Have a day....good or bad, it's your choice.
Lady Jane...I think the kids ordered the sugar gliders from Austrailia....They were like $350 a piece. They ordered a boy and a girl in hopes they will mate when they are old enough. They are nocturnal so like to come out of their little home and play at night...The last time I held one I got pooped on...but it's little bitty poop like probably a big mouse???? Yuk.

Friday, May 05, 2006 5:44:24 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Top 'oer the mornin' Prof. Roe, Joe, Posse and Fellow Travelers!
Well, the phone rings and it is my friend in hospitable, has to have a blood transfusion as he is becoming progressively tired each day, his blood count is going way down resulting in the tiredness. Anaemia, Thyroid and he is only 67 years young with a lot of mileage to go yet! Yes MerryMary you are so right with the song I always sing(in the shower:)...'Enjoy Yourself'.....
Speaking of 'out of africa' 1976 I was working on the 8th floor, Lawyers, right on the main street running through the city of Cape Town, called Adderley Street.
Suddenly we hear the loudest roar of voices and ran to the windows.
All one could see was a sea of faces marching up the street and breaking windows, kicking down doors and shouting. The Native people, men, women and children marched for quite a distance protesting against the existing government ruling to make Afrikaans language compulsory in their schools in addition to having had enough of being suppressed all the years! I felt inherent fear for THEM as the police were ruthless and barbaric!
We were not allowed out of the building as the main doors were locked, I was desperate to run down and meet my friends who told me they would be in the march, but to no avail, my hands were tied, so to speak! I have many stories to tell going as far back as 1963 when my Beloved Mother took my Sister and I for a drive through the city and suddenly found ourselves looking down the barrel of a tank! They were marching and rioting in the city, I was 13 years old then!
I have vivid memories of all that transpired throughout the years and maybe I will write a book one day as it is all part of my personal journey, certainly not a boring journey by any means! There is a lot of heartache attached to my growing up in South Africa but equally joyful times, whilst living a priviledged life and simultaneousely sneaking around in the shadows giving and helping as much as possible to those in need!
For what is the value of the mighty $$$$$ if you don't put your money where your mouth is! My Mother would always say " The Shroud Has No Pockets" how true it is, we take nothing with us except the lives we have lived and the legacy we leave behind for our Children!
carpe diem
'out of africa's'
senior-ita-chikita-bachelorette ;)

Friday, May 05, 2006 7:47:05 AM  
leslie said...

Well, sad to say, the eagle's vigil is over. Neither of the eggs hatched and apparently, it is believed that the eagles were too old to be able to hatch viable eggs. The nest is empty this morning.

It's a beautiful Spring morning and I'm off to work - 7 weeks to go...I'm feeling SO relaxed, yet excited at the same time. Does that make sense? Have a great day, everyone. :D

Friday, May 05, 2006 7:53:38 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

oops correction: hospital

Friday, May 05, 2006 12:04:35 PM  

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