|Blurbarian Since||February 2008|
|My Web Site||www.criminaljusticeteacher.com|
|Location||currently Nashville TN but my heart is in Africa|
|My Occupation||Dreamer & planner|
In 2007 I shed my corporate skin to chase a lifelong dream - I went to Laikipia, Kenya to do volunteer work at the Gallman conservancy (see also http://www.gallmannkenya.org). I saved every cent I had, picked up found change, sold items on eBay. It changed me forever. I have returned to my art, my writing. My first book is about this journey.
A portion of book proceeds will go toward the conservancy to aid their anti-poaching efforts. I cannot explain what it is like to see these animals in their natural habitat - not in a zoo, not in a park, but living and breathing wild and free. It is startling to know in a few years they could disappear.
Africa is portrayed as many things: starving, lost, poverty-stricken. Americans should see it as I did: visiting the villages to work on the projects, I sat with the villagers and saw these people in their world free of tourism and the media. They are beautiful and charming, generous and gregarious. Always smiling, open arms. 'God' is here.
|Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...|
|My NEXT book? I am also a criminologist so I have considered either a true crime or the way crime affects us. I am a victim’s advocate and feel the justice system tends to forget the victim. But I also love educating people on how to stay safe and teach crime prevention. What do you think?|
|Everyone needs to know about these authors and artists...|
Mara Leveritt (MaraLeveritt.com), my friend and one hell of a research expert|
Kuki Gallmann, a poet and a person whose aura I hope to have one day : )
Gavin Debecker (the criminologist in me jumps out here) at GavinDebecker.com
And of course, Alice Walker, who writes so beautifully my hands have trembled turning the pages.
|This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)|
|If you love animals, if you care about the planet, if you have ever dreamed of escaping, if you have ever wanted to go to Africa, if you have ever wanted to live a fantasy, see an elephant, hear a zebra, chase a lion, walk under endless skies, smell wild jasmine, inhale pure air, watch rain as it moves over a mountain range, stand on the edge of the rift valley and feel as if you were on the edge of the planet, BREATHE - this is for you. I want to take you there.|
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