It's a Haarskeerder

OK! I've found the identity of our nocturnal monster insect.  Its a sulpugid of the order solifugae - more commonly known as "haarskeerder" or "jag spinnekop".  Its not a spider, but it is an arachnid - which essentially means "it has eight legs".  Scorpions and spiders also belong to this class. ...more

Port Alfred and back

So I'm back from my trip to Port Alfred.  My new cell phone has a camera so I was able to document stuff. I was pleasantly surprised at how well my dogs traveled.  Pippin just slept most of the way.  Anna had to keep an eye on the road through that little window behind the drivers seat. ...more

Should the Ugandan baby born over Canadian airspace have a right to Canadian citizenship?

  I was lurking around trying to find more information about the case of the Ugandan woman, flying from Amsterdam to Boston, who gave birth on the plane on New Year's Eve in Canadian Airspace. ...more

All good points. I was surprised hows quickly American officials stated the baby would be ...more

How do you negotiate with a mad man? The Lord's Resistance Army is accused of killing hundreds during Christmas celebrations

  AFP/Getty Images - Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, in 2006. "Noooooo....," ...more

A friend of mine from Cameroon came up with a perfect solution for dealing with these mad ...more

My most memorable moments from 2008 -- From famine in Africa to watching my brother win a medal at the Olympics

It has been a fantastic year. Four continents, multiple countries, many stories, both tears and laughter and everything in between. I'll just touch upon a few of my most memorable moments from the year, the bulk of which I spent in East Africa and traveling around the region. Near Ruhengeri, Rwanda ...more

Balancing the good news out of Africa versus the bad - a foreign reporter's perspective

  Lake Victoria "Oh you mzungu's," (mzungu basically means white person in Swahili) a skeptical Kenyan journalist said to me. "You just tell bad stories about us here. There is never any good news." ...more

I read this post about a week ago on your blog - it's interesting to think about the balance ...more

Top five good news stories out of Africa in 2008

What a year. This year was a year full of challenges, from Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe to conflict in the DRC to famine in the horn. But it was also a year full of positive stories as well. Those stories often fall off the map (and I know I am sometimes guilty of this as well) but I wanted to highlight my favourite top five good news stories out of Africa in 2008. ...more

In my own country

I'm not comfortable with patriotism.  When I was growing up, that meant standing to attention in the school hall while the school and county’s flag were paraded down to the front of the stage. It meant us against them.  It meant "Die Stem” ...more

Out of Africa and into Canada

     I apologize, dear readers, for falling off the face of this earth. I have to admit I've been a bit confused about what  to do with my blog when I'm back in Canada (hopefully for a short time). So if you'll ...more

The Year of Personal Narratives – Storytelling on Ourselves

In literature the personal narrative is the factual or fictional recounting of an experience. From identity politics to Twitter tweets this has certainly been the year of the personal narrative. It is the search for your story told by another being that shares or reflects your thoughts, feelings and, at times, pain. ...more

Thank you so much for this post. Very ...more