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The new year arrives and miraculously allows me to believe again. Maybe it is just cultural conditioning, but the new year makes me feel hopeful. I know this is nothing new - a cliche really. But it seems important nonetheless that we have this collective response and feeling. We all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at cette chose
One of my grandparents, Linda, advised me that wherever I go, I should buy a piece of art from that place - a way to honor the travel back home. At the time, I lived in a shoebox apartment of about 300 square feet. If I bought a piece of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at cette chose
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One of the things I loved about Ghana (and Tanzania too) was that people would say "you are welcome" instead of just the shorthand of Welcome. When we say "you're welcome" in the US, it is usually in reply to thank you. But here it was as a greeting. When... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at cette chose
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I just ran down the street trying to find the source of the brass band music I heard coming from my window on the 4th floor. I grabbed my keys and jacket, flew down the stairs. It was twilight and hard to make out shapes on the street, but yet... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at cette chose
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How do I appreciate a place - by the way it moves me. Literally. I experience a place by moving through it. And the easier it is and the more ways to do so as an outsider, the more I appreciate it - the more I feel part of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at cette chose
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So there is always this mix of music and in-country missions (as trips to the field are called). Whenever I go someplace, there are one or two songs that define the trip for me. Going back to Dar es Salaam this June, it was Jose Gonzalez’s Stay Alive. It came... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at cette chose
It’s been four years and I am finally going back to Africa. It was my first - the first place I went to for work (which was Accra, Ghana). It was where I would go on average six times a year to six different countries and nine cities for eight... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at cette chose
We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. - From In Praise of Shadows as written about on Brain Pickings Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at cette chose
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The first city I went to in Africa was Accra in Ghana. Just a couple of years earlier, when I was in school, I had begun to argue for streets as places - or for the power of streets if they became places instead of just thoroughfares - the things... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at cette chose
"I have to go get the disting," the young Ghanaian says as he darts out the door. "What?" I didn't understand what he said or what he needed. My air conditioner in my hotel room was broken and Accra was positively dreamy (or dreary depending on your frame of mind)... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at cette chose
It has been a long winter, hasn't it? And I don't just mean the season. I am coming out of a couple of years of darkness. A long slog. And now I am here - trying to figure out what has happened and where to go. But more than that,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at cette chose
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May 26, 2015