Standing near a glowing furnace, where the temperature climbs far above 1,000 degrees, master glassblower Sibusiso Mhlanga is blowing air into a long pipe to breathe life into a red ball of molten glass.
Twenty-five years ago I read a newspaper article which said that one day, reused syringes would be one of the major causes of the spread of AIDS. I thought this was totally unacceptable and decided to do something about it.
I spent two nights sleeping under a full-moon sky, nestled in my trusty hammock at Kruger National Park. Our guides provided us with tents, but I figured I wouldn't have too many opportunities in my life to slumber in the open bush on the African continent.
Efforts to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis remained stalled Monday, after the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Party said it would not attend talks in Swaziland, alleging its leader's necessary travel documents had been too long delayed.
American society is increasingly polarized, our politics ever more fractious, and I believe most of us are figuring out that we spend far too much time and energy dwelling on our differences rather than embracing the similarities and commonalities that unite us as Americans.