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Dreams in Their Eyes

I first saw them playing soccer with a ball made from plastic bags bunched together with elastic bands. They were on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro on a Sunday afternoon while the adults shared stories of their week as they sat on makeshift chairs outside their houses and sipped on freshly brewed banana beer. Then, one evening, I saw others...

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...

All That Makes Us Human

Do you know what it is like to experience the sacred? I do, in the cathedral that is the natural world: in Tarangire National Park, near Lake Manyara, in the Ngorongoro Crater, and in the endlessness that is the Serengeti. Here I worshiped, again and again, just as I had done in the beginning in that first moment and in...

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...