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In and Out of Africa . . . Again

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find how you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

20140115-Kenya 2014-016It’s felt different each of the three times I’ve been back—but it always feels like home. Everything bathed in a warm, golden light. Lone trees on the horizon. And the skies. Oh, the skies . . .


“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
 Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
 Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.
” Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

20140115-Africa Skies-065-Edit2014-03-20_00182014-03-20_00132014-03-20_0012 2014-03-20_0011 2014-03-20_00102014-03-20_0023“They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end.” – Robert R. McCammon


“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” – Karen Blixen

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“There is language going on out there—the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops, and chirps all have meaning derived over eons of expression. We have yet to become fluent in the language—and music—of the wild.”- Boyd Norton


“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.” – Rumi


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“To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told — that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.” – Beryl Markham


“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” – Helen Keller

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  • That golden light! Those gloriously sensually-shaped trees. The wildness of it, the grace of the wildlife, I want to go there with you and drink it all in. One day maybe. Until then, I will live it through you x

    • cynthia

      I would welcome an African playdate with you, darling. Shall we?