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Canoeing with Elephants

http://As good as it gets, an afternoon in Botswana canoeing with National Geographic filmmakers & Explorers in Residence, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, as elephants come to the river to drink.  Roger Miller sang, “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”, but as I found out can go canoeing in a buffalo herd and an […]

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Breaking Up With An Icy Mistress

  It started like so many relationships, nothing serious just having a little fun together, and then you wouldn’t leave. Despite my telling you that your embrace left me cold you repeatedly insisted on wrapping me in your icy grip. Our days together stretched into months & I feared I might never again feel the […]

Tikal Mayan Ruins Tour

Long before Columbus arrived in the New World the Mayan civilization flourished across Central America.  They had a form of writing, an appreciation of art, an advanced understanding of astronomy, and of course that famous Mayan calendar.  They also left behind some impressive stone temples & pyramids. One of their most famous cities is Tikal […]

Botswana Then & Now: 20th Anniversary Trip

  To paraphrase the Beatles, It was 20 yrs. ago today that the Jourberts taught me to play…. in Botswana.  It was my 1st trip for National Geographic and the film camp for Dereck & Beverly Joubert in Botswana was my first stop.  They introduced me to their neighbors, some of Africa’s most famous wildlife, […]

USO Rocks Iraq with Kid Rock

  When I boarded the C130 in Kuwait headed for Saddam Hussein airport in Baghdad I had no idea I was heading to one of the most memorable concerts I would ever attend.  None of the entertainers on the plane with me who were part of a USO tour had any what was about to […]

Andrae Crouch Gospel Medley-home movies

  Andrae Crouch was one of the most gifted songwriters and performers I’ve every met. And in reporting on the music business for a few years at the Today Show I met a lot of musicians.  We were also good friends for decades and often when a group of us would get together we’d challenge […]

The Miracle of the Jesus Bird

  The Jesus Bird performs a miracle & it’s not walking on water, although that apparent skill earned the African Jacana its nickname.  As I was filming these birds one hot afternoon in Botswana I though the miracle I need is for these birds to turn this water into wine or at a minimum turn […]