salaam! (africa5)

With one sock (optimist - socks half full), I enjoyed a dinner of pizza with American friends, talking about common acquaintances, experiences, beliefs and ideas. Often when I travel, I find more in common with friends I meet than I have with most at home. I think this is due to the fact that I... Continue Reading →

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tongues & tribes (africa4)

The Tuesday morning sunbeams illuminated a dusty street pressed by foot traffic mostly, with inhabitants going to and fro to gather the morning news and breakfast. I had eggs scrambled with jalapenos and tomatoes, with an orange drink, before I was picked up in a blue bajaj to roll through the bumpy streets to attend... Continue Reading →

humble grace (africa3)

After walking the dusty, rocky streets with no names among the chat (old books spell it khat) sellers, vegetable vendors, and small herds of street goats, we returned to the home of my host where I was oh so graciously served a lunch of misir wat, gomen, and beef tibs. Misir wat is a dish... Continue Reading →

vervets and other friends (africa2)

"Dr. Livingstone I presume. . ." That's what I wanted to say when I saw familiar faces after walking a couple hundred yards down the dusty road outside the airport with my luggage, but his name is not Livingston, and mine is not Stanley. Otherwise, the situation was similar, except that neither of us were... Continue Reading →

let justice roll

So much. Misconduct. Bad behavior. Accusations. Ruined lives. Ruined careers. Battered victims. Lying "victims." Lying perpetrators. Battered "perpetrators." Allegations have been flying lately. I see myriads of people making a lot of assumptions that would strengthen their own political views if true, but I don't see that many people with a substantial set of facts... Continue Reading →

invisible (not all just a lie)

So. Some things cannot be seen by the naked eye. Some naked eyes choose not to see. Some others choose not to be seen. There's quite a vicious cycle in there somewhere. This is the root of politicians and pundits feeding the public "alternative facts," "fake news," and "revisionist history." When people choose not to... Continue Reading →

invisible (to the naked eye)

I am amazed at all the invisible things around us. I am further astonished at how many invisible things we accept as real, on faith, and how many we reject as real, on faith. I have bad eyesight. I am both nearsighted and farsighted, so I wear progressive lenses in my glasses, which means when... Continue Reading →

golden rules

"Do unto others as you would have them do to you." Jesus, Matthew 7:12 Most religions, cultures, or ethical algorithms have a form of what Christians call the Golden Rule. Hinduism says "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain of done to you." Mahabarata 5:1517 Islam claims... Continue Reading →

disillusion me

Disillusionment: a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be. So is it a good thing or a bad thing? I think it's healthy but no more fun than a shot in the buttocks for a ten year old. Children seem to enjoy their illusions:... Continue Reading →

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