Update from the Blog/Internet Land of Lost Souls

January 15th, 2014 7 Comments

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I would like to thank everyone for the expressions of sympathy and the offers to help. I am touched by the many kindnesses offered, and impressed by the highly advanced technological skills so many people seem to have. At least they’re highly advanced and overwhelmingly technological to me, scribbling away on my clay tablet with my stylus.

Old man writing

One reader even saved all the pieces I have written, a fact I find a little overwhelming since I certainly didn’t consider all of them worth saving. (That reader is from Mossel Bay, South Africa. Beautiful South Africa. I’ve never been to Mossel Bay, but just the name brought back a flood of memories from both South and southern Africa: God spreading his tablecloth on Table Mountain; the astounding juncture—visible from the mountaintop when the tablecloth wasn’t spread—of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, the different colors merging as far as the eye could see; the strong red wine of the lovely Cape; beautiful stepped- and white-washed Dutch Colonial architecture; springbok leaping like ballerinas; a tame eland named Applequi (sp?); the ostrich that wanted to kill me and caused me to develop a taste for ostrich meat; the flamingos rising up in enormous lovely clouds from the shallow waters of Walvis Bai; the prehistoric paintings on a cave wall near Windhoek; a pair of lions in the moonlight, male and female, feeding on a freshly killed wildebeest, great pats of butter in a field of cream, beauty and majesty in deadly combination; the way the giraffes appear to run in slow motion; the pit-bull aggression of the warthogs; and other, less lovely and far more dangerous memories. But I did love that land.)


The good news is that my site administrator has managed to locate virtually all (we think) the posts, good, bad, and indifferent, and it now simply becomes a question of reviewing them and putting them back up. I will start that process, but I will try to keep at least some new material in the pipeline. In the meantime, thank you all again, not least for your patience.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello JP,

    that goes without saying 🙂 !


  2. Anonymous says:

    I am glad to hear you will be getting most of your pieces back. That must be a relief and it probably makes you feel a whole lot better. You are fortunate that the reader from South Africa saved your work. South Africa does sound like a very beautiful country, but I understand that the poverty there is extremely bad. Are those painting you have on your blog done by one of the Dutch Masters? I am curious to know who painted those.


    I did find a painting where a gentleman is writing something while other men are there watching.

  3. Anonymous says:

    We all care about you
    now you know that 100% 🙂
    one of the caring from Australia

  4. Anonymous says:

    I also am very glad that you will get most. if not all, of your writings back. To work so hard and then lose it all is beyond frustrating. The person from South Africa is a gem.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I see you were able to get some of your older blogs back up and running again.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yyyyyyaaaayyyyyy for JP

    Now Mr Parker get your pen and paper ready…… Take notes.

    I’m going say this once and once only.

    Are you paying attention young man??? (Well young at heart)

    You know that button you pressed just before you lost everything?


    Kathy. *Smiles*

  7. Anonymous says:


    Oddly enough I was on Facebook and there was a photograph of Table Mountain from the I Love Nature Facebook page. It is as beautiful as you say it is.

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