A River Flows Through Our Lives

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  Henry David Thoreau, Walden My father…

On the Banks of the River Mbashe

  No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”   Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to…

Rome & The River Taff

“And can you, then, who have got such possessions and so many of them, covet our poor tents? Caratacus, On seeing the City of Rome Rivers have been a witness to human history, long before the events were recorded in written form.    So it was with the River Taff (Afon Taf in Welsh), which rises…

Finding the Ocean

“Water seeks its own level. Look at them. The Tigris, the Euphrates, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Yangtze. The world’s great rivers. And every one of them finds its way to the ocean.”  Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea   I found my way to the ocean, just as Vikings did many centuries ago. …

Crossing the Delaware

“Washington’s task was to transform the improbable into the inevitable.”  Joseph J. Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington George Washington once said, “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”  Christmas 1776, while others gathered around the hearth to…

To the River Charles

Today, I came across a poem by one of my favourite poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that spoke of his feelings for the Charles River, which is located in the state of Massachusetts. From its source in Hopkinton, it flows 129 kilometres through cities and towns in the eastern part of the state until reaching the…