Monthly Archives: May 2010

Africa: Healing Gaia—One Tree at a Time

During the first half of 2010, Valerie Tarico is traveling with her husband and two teenage daughters.  Missives from the Southern Cross are her occasional dispatches from the road. From a low flying aircraft, the border between South Africa and … Continue reading

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South Africa: Too Much of a Good Thing, Elephants and Us

Kruger Park, which runs along South Africa’s border with Mozambique, is considered a national treasure.  Kruger is a wilderness of scrub—“the bush” locals call it–where zebras and giraffes casually wander along the roads, graceful buck impalas compete for herds of … Continue reading

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Madagascar: Man against Nature Equals Man against Man

During the first half of 2010, Valerie Tarico is traveling with her husband and two teenage daughters.  Missives from the Southern Cross are her occasional dispatches from the road. My high school literature teacher said that any plot can be … Continue reading

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Madagascar: The West Knows Best

During the first half of 2010, Valerie Tarico is traveling with her husband and two teenage daughters.  Missives from the Southern Cross are her occasional dispatches from the road. Monday, April 19.  I crawl out of bed before dawn, and … Continue reading

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India: Big Feet

Valerie Tarico is on a five month trek with her husband and two daughters.  Missives from the Southern Cross are her occasional dispatches from the road. In India, I am a large person—tall at 5’4”, and with a body inherited … Continue reading

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