Author Archives: Jill Zeller

About Jill Zeller

The author of numerous short stories and novels, Jill Zeller lives near Seattle, Washington, with her patient and adoring husband, two English mastiffs, and one self-centered tuxedo cat. Her works explore the boundaries of reality. Some may call it fantasy, but there are rarely swords and never elves. More to the point, she prefers to write as if myth, imagination and hallucination were as real as the chair she is sitting on as she writes this. Maybe it is because she was raised as a Christian Scientist. Jill Zeller also writes under the pseudonym Hunter Morrison

The Reluctant Traveler, Part 6: Soweto

On June 16, 1976, I was waiting to hear if I had gotten into the University of Pittsburgh nursing school. Sharing a house with a PhD aspirant, two medical students, and a dental student, I had recently broken up with … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler, Part 5: Cape Town, Where I Went and Where I Didn’t

WHERE I WENT On a tour organized for those of us who arrived to the city a day early, our first stop was at one of the local clinics who participant in HIV vaccine trials. It was a bright, welcoming … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler, Part 4: Cape Town – getting there
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South Africa’s 2nd largest city is very likely its most beautiful. Everyone loves Cape Town—iKapa to the Xhosa—and like all South African cities, it’s a mixture of light and darkness. Shanty townships ring the town in which tourists sample posh … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Part 3: Explaining the Inexplicable: Mozambique.

It is March, 2017. I am in Mozambique—Maputo, the capital city to be precise—at a fancy hotel on the beach. Beyond this deck the Indian Ocean laps the shore like a contented cat at a bowl of milk. My colleagues … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: Part 2 Several elephants and one leopard

We rise early, try to chug hot, mediocre coffee, and line up to enter our Bush Cruiser, the faithful Land Rover, with cameras, phones, hats, scarves, bug juice, water bottles all handy and within easy reach. Camera is charged and … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: Kruger National Park

In Kruger National Park, an area roughly the size of England, Scotland and Wales, situated in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of northeast South Africa, I have seen monkeys as squirrels (ubiquitous and opportunistic) and leopards becoming acacia branches (a … Continue reading

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