04h45...alarm call! Through the gap in the curtain I see the grey dawn, time to get my khakis on. Today I take my first ever bush walk; through a game reserve that prides itself on hosting the African ‘Big Five’. Jan introduces himself; it will just be the two of us on the walk this... Continue Reading →
T’was weird. I was sleeping 12 floors above San Francisco terra-firma when I was shaken awake . A slow motion very big, not human, shaken. My system flooded with adrenaline until it tingled. I turned on the light and watched solid walls wobble. This is not the place you want to experience the earth-shaking. I... Continue Reading →
It is a bit of a 'one step forward three steps back ' as I frantically try to prepare for the big haul North. Between giving talks on an almost daily basis. Arranging speaking engagements months in advance, across thousands of miles(I was in touch with the good folk of Anchorage Alaska today). I am chewing... Continue Reading →
‘A story must have a beginning, a middle and an end.’ Whoever wrote that had NO idea! Or maybe he did have an idea...about telling stories, but not much about life, which is where most stories come from. We make up the beginnings and decide on the middle and end in retrospect. Each point defined... Continue Reading →
"Sunrise is the most optimistic time of day. " I wrote in my blog years ago, one early morning in the Karakum desert of Kazakhstan. What then if the full moon sets at sunrise? If the moon sets right in your path , floating always just ahead as you barrel down Interstate 64, on your... Continue Reading →
"Some 400 years ago, the light of an ancient star touched Earth for the very first time. Changing what was believed to be a perfectly created, forever static universe. Watching from below, Galileo began to think unthinkable thoughts. Could everything society held as absolute truth, be wrong? By asking the right questions, Galileo’s awareness, willingness to... Continue Reading →
Haghia Sophia waits. Commissioned by Emperor Justinian in 532, she remained the most important church in Christendom for nearly 1 000 years and thereafter, with the arrival of the Turks, was declared a mosque.
But unless I want to set up camp in the dark, I had better make an effort to find the Charyn Canyon. Then the canyon finds me; as the road winds through black rock cuttings that crowd out the light, they dramatically fall away as the mountain turns to canyon. The heat rises out of... Continue Reading →