29 November 2012

Tanzania: The secret behind its lack of tribalism

Mwalimu did a lot of good in spite of the difficulties and setbacks. Too many places not only have the problem of tribal rivalries but also clans within broader tribes. Celebrate and emulate one of Tanzania's strengths.

Tanzania: The secret behind its lack of tribalism

03 November 2012

10 October 2012

Rusape Landscape

This is a painting we bought on the street in Harare, Zimbabwe.  It's a landscape in the Rusape area.  Zimbabwe is so beautiful.  Makes me homesick.

08 October 2012

Time in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has lots of copper. There are many curios made of copper. We have this clock in our living room to remind us of our time in Zimbabwe.

06 October 2012

What a Contrast

Mau Mau struggle for recognition at home and abroad

What a difference between Kenya and Zimbabwe.  In Zimbabwe these days even kids born after independence are getting recognition as war vets and being paid by ZANU-PF to wreak havoc in the land.

04 October 2012

Banana Leaf Painting

I got this in Nairobi around 1971.  I went to an auction preview with a friend and saw it and fell in love.  I had to be in a meeting and couldn't attend the auction, so asked my friend to bid on it for me.  I could afford a maximum of 35 shillings.  At that time a US$ was worth 7 /, so I had $5 to spend.  I didn't think I had a chance at such a low offer.  To my surprise and delight when I saw my friend after my meeting, he had the painting for me, having secured it for -- 35/!  It is called a banana leaf painting although more bark or skin from the trunk of the banana tree is used than leaf material.  This is the nicest one I've encountered, so I am especially proud of it.

03 October 2012

Rhino Painting

This is a painting we got in Lilongwe, Malawi. It's painted on wood. The artistic talent throughout Africa is astounding. Since I can't create, I'll just appreciate. That I can do.

30 September 2012

Marondera Wall Hanging

Marondera, Zimbabwe had an institution for training women with skills to be economically self sufficient.  One of the crafts at which they excelled was producing wall hangings and rugs.  This hanging graces the wall of my living room.

Arusha Market Place

Back in the early 10970's I bought this painting on the street in Arusha, Tanzania.  I only got it framed a few weeks ago.  (Framing today cost about 10 times what the original painting cost!)  It now brings beauty and memories as it hangs in my living room.

06 August 2012

Liwonde National Park Cubed

A cubic look at some creatures on the Shire River near Mvuu Camp in Liwonde National Park, Malawi

01 June 2012

Safari Njema - Hwange

You've seen the cover, now flip through the book. Click the picture below to open the book and thumb through the pages.

27 May 2012

Observations of Africa Album Vol. 1

Here is a variation on a book I made for Christmas last year.  Click on the lion to open the book.  For best enjoyment, click the full screen view icon.