Chasing Chalkboards

The problem with baOckeni is that he's very intelligent in all the wrong ways. The trouble is he's curious about questions that haven't been assigned to him. He wants to experiment. He's motivated by what he is able to apply to the world around him. On top of all that, I suspect he's secretly an artist, too.

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The Future Forest and the Mouse Morgue: A Season of Life and Death in my Little Hut

When I was first getting settled in my new living quarters here in Zambia, I mentioned to a more senior volunteer that I was thinking of building an addition to my gazebo. I wanted to make a raised-bed herb garden. "Oh yeah," they said, "just make sure you buy your bricks soon, before the end … Continue reading The Future Forest and the Mouse Morgue: A Season of Life and Death in my Little Hut

Family Autobiography Project #1: Edith

I (over?)think a lot about storytelling. Especially the stories we tell about ourselves. In the age of social media, generally speaking, most people have more tools than ever for narrating their own lives to an audience. I hate introducing people to each other. I love putting people in a room together and making those connections, … Continue reading Family Autobiography Project #1: Edith

Old Year’s / Trans(lation)port

don't say what you                             mean                                     ‎    spirited a way                  with words            I'm getting you away from your point                                (Cuz who's keeping score) but with the program Rerouting to truth following in footsteps of centipedes Because they say walking is free                                             So Be It because we started closer thn we thought … Continue reading Old Year’s / Trans(lation)port