Tom Brown

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My stories have been read 145274 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Tom Brown

Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.

I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.

Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.

Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.

The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.

God is in the details. God is in the timing.

My stories

Ancient stone ruins in South Africa

In Mpumalanga South Africa there are stone ruins, walls no one knows what their purpose was but which must have taken terrific effort and very long...

The Nicotine Addict

Can you blow circles one inside the other? And smoke out the mouth into the nose or put the cigarettes out on your tongue? Play chicken with a...

Just a scared little boy

The other day in a mall nearby I lost my way it's like a maze there it was very scary. There are weird tunnels across the walkway from a supermarket...

The Maze

The Kruger Park is big. Really Big. Paul Kruger was a man with vision he established this wild reserve long ago. Once stumbling from a function a...

Organic farming and lice

From Buffaloe's Town to Katkart had a late start looking for a place to sleep over. Some locals referred me to this “backpacker's” place not...


242 of my comments have received 247 Great Feedback votes

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I got lost twice since a long time

Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2022

I got lost twice since a long time it was terribly scary. The one time was in bush sea bushes at the sea God spared me nothing else. The first one I can remember was in primary school. Another was weird tunnels behind across the walkway of a...

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Posted in Lost and Found

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Sorry Di I honestly did not mean

Posted on Sun, 06 Feb 2022

Sorry Di I honestly did not mean to criticise your work at all and I don't recall that I ever have. It is a great poem. But please keep in mind any good teacher knows one often learns more from your mistakes and by the way I'm also out of a job....

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Posted in February Rainbow

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Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021

Yes. Beautiful ending, man's best friend. Heartbreaking sometimes we feel a duty for mourning. And indeed, it is much more noble to live for someone than to die for someone, sometimes living takes great courage.

Keep well Paul! Tom

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Posted in With or Without You

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No doubt inspired

Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020

No doubt inspired by Jules Verne's classic scifi novel 20,000 leagues under the sea. Also makes one think of Jacques C. and the research ship the Calypso.

Good work, original too! We are in, looking out, man and fish roles reversed! Who's...

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Posted in Here Be Dragons

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it's good to be young

Posted on Fri, 14 Mar 2014

It's good to be young and insane.

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Posted in Mental Illness

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When it is winter here

Posted on Sat, 10 Sep 2022

When it is winter here you have summer and your winter is our summer. It's like a see-saw a balance. Some people have little jersies for their doggies haven't seen a cat? They must also get cold although your cat is cold enough as it is. "...

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Posted in "Autumn frame of Mind"

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I thought it came from "dandy lion"?

Posted on Thu, 01 Sep 2022

I thought it came from "dandy lion"? Funny hey!? you know like the lion's mane. It is the breezes that keeps it afloat obviously. They do fall only very slowly. Can be a nuisance too.

See you Rhiannon! Tom

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Posted in Puff and scatter!

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JPB also wrote a beautiful little piece

Posted on Sun, 28 Aug 2022

JPB also wrote a beautiful little piece of a day of meditation on the farm, full of the wonder of nature, full of memories and sentiment.


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Posted in Ancient stone ruins in South Africa

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When I was young long ago

Posted on Mon, 22 Aug 2022

When I was young long ago one rarely heard of someone who had been a hospital patient with mental illness but it only came out later. Now it seems everybody has some kind of psychiatric condition. Apparently more than 95% of Americans are on some...

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Posted in Stop the stigma

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This is lovely Rhiannon for kids

Posted on Sat, 27 Aug 2022

This is lovely Rhiannon for kids to learn something. And your picture a bit of work you must have done it yourself. You can see it's a teacher or a granny most teachers are very dedicated.

Beautiful writing too and told as a story. Kiddies...

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Posted in What's the opposite?