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August 2014
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An evening sky full of lightning. The air vibrating in anticipation. Water, an unrelenting torrent. Roads, a lottery of mud. Misery in the PoC's. Muddy jog after a night of storms. The rain has again highlighted water born diseases from inadequate sewerage collection and disposal, primarily in the PoC areas. As a precaution, I avoided the areas on my route that are traditionally flooded. Everyone

Traveling together Means  Early wake-ups In different cities In opposite climates Of  Africa Traveling together  Means Different airports Altered time zones and Biorhythms  Of Being  Traveling together Means Anxious check-ins Revised itineraries  With separate seating On Random airlines Traveling together Means Familiar lounges Separate experiences (Mostly) predictable procedures In Different airports Traveling together Means Scrambled schedules Impromptu rearrangement Flexible emotions And Optimistic boarding Traveling together Means Midnight meet-ups Single glasses  Of airborne wine And Out-of-time reunions Traveling together United  In our destination Separately in sync We board Our Different planes Terry Ellen 27 August 2014

Oil on Canvas 40cmx50cm The conflict in South Sudan has been particularly harsh on women and children. Yet, they need to go on with the everyday requirements of cooking, cleaning, shopping and caring. My painting 'Forgotten', a women in the Konya-Konya market of Juba balancing impossibly heavy loads, doing all she can not to draw any attention to herself. Fading into the background.

'Healing the World', the painting of Anna's daughter creating rainbows on the beach. The small size of the canvas a challenge for my fingers. Particularly the child's face, where Impressionism clashes with realism. A double loop of my long route, cocooned in mist. Fortunately I had a soldier with me for the second loop, and I could sink a hook into him to haul

A sky of ultramarine blue, shot through with carmine and Indian yellow sunset clouds. The beauty of nature so at odds with the daily drama. The influence for a small painting (40cmx30cm) 'Sunrise over Jebel Hill', a brooding, cloudy sky full of mystery. Probably a tad more of an Old Testament feel about it, than the light Impressionist style I'm comfortable with. Renewed fighting

Oil on canvas 40cmx30cm A sky of ultramarine blue, shot through with carmine and Indian yellow sunset clouds. The beauty of nature so at odds with the daily drama. The influence for a small painting of a brooding, cloudy sky full of mystery. Probably a tad more of an Old Testament feel about it, than the light Impressionist style I'm comfortable with.

In the late evening hours, the air vibrating with pulsating drumming and singing from the PoC. Haunting. Ethereal. Captivating. Chest heaving, legs screaming. First jog after the holidays. The route busier than expected. Ego forcing the pace above the sensible. The air cool after the overnight storm, with owls hooting encouragement, as I splashed my way through the muddier bits A quick breakfast and

Fires, wine, food and laughter on a rainy day in the vineyards. Fingers frozen by cold paint in the studio. Options, plans, for TH2. Practical, reality amongst the wine fueled creativity. Freeing imagination for the loft apartment space. Tartiflette, first introduced to us by Aly, is a French dish from the Savoie and Haute Savoie region of France, made with a seriously pungent reblochon cheese.