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Longido Brilliance

Your many-faceted brilliance is about you being not about their seeing. I know how, at precisely the same time each morning at around 7:40 a.m., the rising sun finds that sliver of an opening in the roof where the iron sheets do not quite meet, then the almost transparent dangling crystal hanging from the crossbeam awakens. For a few brief...

Places That Remember Us

Some places we have known continue to recognize us over a lifetime. You know this because when you return they speak your name and then you recognize yourself, again. That person you had forgotten about or thought you had left behind when you travelled so far away and so long ago. When Point Pelee National Park met me again she...

Arusha, Near the Clock Tower

This morning I awakened in Arusha, Tanzania. Though I was thousands of miles and an ocean away I experienced everything it had taken me years to know in a single moment, just as the sun was rising. Kosiano, Robert, Jackson, Priscilla, Solomon and Mama Blue Fish. All of us together at the Bamboo Cafe on Boma Road smiling, happy, talking...

The Irish Way

Why not say yes to love in its many forms? I want to acknowledge all the signs of love around me since, in our time, so many sow seeds of hatred and indifference and tell us that “this is the way.” But I know the difference because it is full of colour and light and diversity fairness, justice, and inclusion...

From the Kitchen Tap

This morning when I turned on the tap at the kitchen sink, it wasn’t just water for washing my hands that came out, although that was my sole purpose for being there. A memory gushed out with the clear water and it was followed by so many more from so long ago, and not so long ago.   I could...

Creating Purple

Very early one morning in Serengeti National Park, I actually saw the colour purple being made. It lingered behind our safari vehicle for many minutes and I may have been the only one to see it unfolding, except for the lone Impala who stood silently nearby, looking in the same direction. This was a few years ago and it only...