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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spent little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on The Meaning of Life: the Circle

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Chelsea Allard
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful imagery.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you, Chelsea!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Jess I love your bligs. Beautifully written.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you, I always appreciate your feedback!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Jess, what a wonderful blog – the Circle of Life🤗

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Such a beautiful read!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you Jess for this beautiful blog. All too often this expression becomes trite, but it is important for us to stop and look around and truly examine what the circle means for each of us on a personal level.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Exactly! I also find the word “beautiful” should be used sparingly to keep its true meaning!

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful story with lovely analogies and direct examples of the meaning of life. Thank you Jess and prayers that we, as a human race, learn them.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Indeed I hope so too! Thank you, Paul!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

A really nice blog Jess. Sometimes it is nice to just sit and contemplate the meaning of life and to observe all that is going on around us. Too many people ignore the marvels of things around us. I love to observe nature and my favourite pastime is to look up in the sky at the beautiful cloud formations. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Be well and stay safe.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Thank you for sharing, Leonie! It’s very important to be observant and to be appreciative!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you Jess, I really enjoyed this piece. It’s so important to understand that we are all connected, what we do to one we do to all, including ourselves. We as a species have to honour all life and remember that nothing was created without purpose.

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Thanks for this beautifully written and inspiring piece. Indeed flowers are the first step in nature. From the smallest living beings such as mushrooms bacteria and plants and pollinators all animals up to great carnivores can thrive

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Jess, What a beautiful story! We are passionate about a special Strangler Fig at the base of Ximpalapala, so thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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