1815 servent  

1815 servent  

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iluvsouthernafrica:

The Long-tailed Widowbird:

The Long-tailed Widowbird is found in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. 

The first time I saw this bird was in book when I was a little girl.  We had to create a project and I instantly fell in love with this beauty.  I first witnessed it with my own eyes a little later riding in a packed minicab with my mother traveling from South Africa to Lesotho to attend a funeral in our village. One flew alongside us as though chaperoning us to the pain and heavy freedom of a family burial.  Squashed in between tired mine-workers, city dwellers going home, I fell in love. It’s my favourite bird. 

I admit I forgot it was Earth Day today until I came across Dynamic Africa's posts on my Dashboard.  Everyday is Earth Day for us Africans I believe.  Nonetheless, seeing all that natural beauty reminded me of my favourite animals, birds, insects from home.

 Photos from various sources. No copyright infringement intended.

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The Road Not Taken




Robert Frost, 1874 - 1963







Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost1874 - 1963
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Nellie Bly entered Blackwell’s island Asylum in 1887 under the guise of insanity under assignment from Joseph Pulitzer. She wrote, “From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be by all….” Her book Ten Days in a Mad-House, resulted in a grand jury investigation

Nellie Bly entered Blackwell’s island Asylum in 1887 under the guise of insanity under assignment from Joseph Pulitzer. She wrote, “From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be by all….” Her book Ten Days in a Mad-House, resulted in a grand jury investigation

First vaccum cleaner, 1906 

First vaccum cleaner, 1906 

 Parisian Woman Fishing,” Femina, July 15, 1906.

 Parisian Woman Fishing,” Femina, July 15, 1906.

Interior of Rural Frontier Country Store, 1902.

Interior of Rural Frontier Country Store, 1902.

1909 day dress   

New York:  Fifth Avenue after a snow storm. 1905.

New York:  Fifth Avenue after a snow storm. 1905.

1906, Manhattan

1906, Manhattan

Paris, le Champ de Mars durant l’Exposition universelle de 1900.

Paris, le Champ de Mars durant l’Exposition universelle de 1900.