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Oasis changing lives through football.


Oasis Founder Clifford Martinus has a contagious passion for sport and community. This is evident in the work done at Oasis Place with his belief that the connection to a team, fair play and sport can support an individual in overcoming the odds, both personal and social. This South African non-profit creates positive personal development opportunities for youth from marginalised backgrounds.

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OCTOBER 2023: Wild Trees and Animal Crossings

As the leaves flare in brilliant hues of orange, gold and russet, and the days grow shorter, we have a few environmental items available for your reading pleasure. One of my favorite places on earth is Oswald State Park. Writing about the Short Sand Trail is a gift to myself and hopefully a gift to you too. Happy October!!


Short Sand Beach, a trail in Oregon’s Oswald West State Park, wends through a forest of old growth trees. Wild and alive for years, some say centuries, the trees do not know when the time will come—to give up life as they have known it.


Truth in Journalism: The Truth Will Set Us Free

On the Cape Falcon Trail in Oregon’s Oswald West State Park, there is a memorial to the journalist Matt Kramer. His integrity in journalism made a difference in the world. I am forever grateful for the work that he did. One person can, indeed, make a difference!


The Lessons of History: Past, Present, and Future

Eco-suicide is far easier to do and more predictable than we had once thought.  Indeed, our entire history as a species provides a cautionary tale.  The archeological record is littered with examples of ancient human societies that have vanished – many of them as victims of ecological disasters – from the very first city, Ur, to the Sumerians, Babylonians, Akkadians, Old Kingdom Egypt, the Hittites, Minoans, Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, Olmecs, Teotihuacan, the Anasazi, the Carthaginians, the Khmer Empire, and others. 

Robin Lindley Interviews Emma Southon on the True Crime Stories of Ancient Rome

It’s no surprise to historians that ancient Rome was extremely violent. From the killing of Remus by Romulus to the gruesome assassination of Caesar in the Senate, murder was common and, for the most part, the act was not considered a crime by the state.

Historian Dr. Emma Southon brings this brutal world to life in her book A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome (Abrams Press).