I have 189 stories published in
20 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 144911 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
242 of my 1,929 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 247 votes
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.
242 of my comments have received 247 Great Feedback votes
Posted on Fri, 28 Feb 2020
The difference is the size of their toys. My very earliest memories are of little toy matchbox cars and later on skalectrix and posters. It was a great treat we usually got a new one as remorse of the dads after your hiding.
Frogs and...Read full comment
Posted in Cars
Mine is much the same story
Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2020
Mine is much the same story Jenny these days I like soft romantic music like panflute and harp and classic guitar etc. But I still like my the Doors and Van Morrison Bob Dylan etc just the same.
Though I must say it's hard to imagine you...Read full comment
Posted in Dancing To A Different Tune
I didn't know quite what
Posted on Wed, 01 Jan 2020
I didn't know quite what to make of this Richard. It is about joy and faith? And life? To be honest I find it a bit strange. Is there meaning in the fact you posted it on New Years day?
Experimenting in one's writing is always a good thing...Read full comment
Posted in Rhapsody
Very good! Informative too
Posted on Fri, 03 Jan 2020
Very good! Informative too, thanks Luigi! Must say the image of a lantern and the form/shape is brilliant. One gets that right only now and then and even seldom.
I hope we'll see more of these! TomRead full comment
Posted in A Chinese Lantern
Simple and very sincere
Posted on Tue, 31 Dec 2019
Simple and very sincere a beautiful poem Richard! Such a gesture means a lot to a woman. They appreciate it always it makes her feel special. I agree with you about the donations my brother also does his due each year religiously. Doesn't have to...Read full comment
Posted in For My Wife