By Sara James
Transplanting Southern roots to southern Africa, Ginger Mauney has earned the reputation of a troop of baboons, unraveled mysteries of lifestyles and loss of life in an elephant herd, and raised her younger son within the wilds of Etosha nationwide Park. in the course of her profession as a tv journalist, Sara James paid her personal solution to hide the conflict in Nicaragua, uncovered slavery in Sudan, plunged to the grave web site of the substantial, yet struggled to stability paintings with marriage and motherhood. even though the 2 lead possible contrary lives, there's a lot they proportion. A native land in Richmond, Virginia, an charm to existence at the razor's facet, and a prior. Now, during this heartfelt memoir, Sara and Ginger alternately narrate the tale in their twenties, thirties, and forties during the lens of a friendship that has spanned millions of miles and greater than thirty years, and exhibit how they dared to reinvent their lives, simply because it appeared that every thing was once falling aside.
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What was so scary about this assignment? 36 T HE BE ST OF FR IENDS Just as we were about to leave and MK was snapping a final shot to show our friends back at Channel 12, a soldier spied us. With a shout, he hustled over, grabbed her stills camera, and ripped out the film before gesturing angrily that we leave that moment, or else. We had our answer. That night, lying on one of the lumpy twin beds, I couldn’t sleep. What had I roped us into? Friends Don’t Let Friends Get Killed. MK wasn’t sleeping either.
I needed time, space, and a clear head. Kristy came home from work to share cold sesame noodles, Yang-Zi beer, and very bad jokes, new lifelines from an old friend. On Sundays we did the New York Times crossword puzzle and lugged our unfit bodies along paths in Central Park. Then I heard from another old friend. “Gin, hey. It’s me, Sara. I got your number from your mom. ” We hadn’t spoken in two years, but once we started talking, it was like turning back time. She still had that infectious laugh and her voice was light and full of fun, describing the net she’d cast in search of a new job, a man who sounded amazing, not some stereotypical cad, plus the most audacious plan to cover a story she hoped might help propel her to the network.
I had no secure lines, no anchor, nothing stable to cling to. I listened while the chairman followed her agenda, raising points on scheduling, player commitments, and sponsor deals. The other tournament directors spoke with passion about their events, their needs, their sponsors, and I realized I was starting to drift away. None of it was important, not to me, not now. Their voices sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher, all wa-wa-wa, and then I heard nothing. The window opened and I was out in the cold, floating down Park Avenue, getting further and further away until I swore I would never come back.