A Past Conversation Of Future Actions Among Canada’s First Nations

“Our children here on the reserve, like a lot them, go to bed at night hungry and drink poor quality water, and some of them barely have a roof over their head.’?” – John Levi, Elsipogtog warrior chief We have been concerned about our Aboriginal and First Nations children for some time now. As you…

Tossing the Magic Cape To Go Fishing

Could I radically shift gears more drastically than this?  From the hot Sahel sands, south of the Sahara Desert to the cool Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of Canada? My life is not merely two different places, but two cosmically different realities. I live in the constant transition of going from one place to…

He Does Projects And Programs, But He Doesn’t Love Us

This is a good reminder to humanitarians, NGO’s, or other international workers and travelers that people and relationships are the real foundation of life, and work. Don’t ever forget this at home, or overseas. I read his a while back, and it needs no further explanation. “I was part of a missionary team in Morocco…

Can God Shred Malian Music Speakers?

I actually prayed this yesterday. “Dear God….. please break the bull horn speakers on that truck that has been blasting highly distorted music, from over amplification, of head drilling, pounding reverberations for the past two days in front of my home.” Loud music is the marketing strategy here.  For promotion of something, to garner attention,…

Mali Hashtag Gets Annoyingly Pornographic

You probably would rather not know this. But, gosh it is annoying.   I hate that a twitter search for news on the country of Mali tosses up bags of porn now. Pun intended. The phones went dead here in Sikasso and I figured something must be afoot. I have no idea whether the phone…

Unable To See The Mountains, Palaces, & Gardens 

We tramp through life excessively fixated on the spoon. How to hold it, not jiggle it, at what angle to best position it, how to best place our steps on flat ground, or for climbing  stairs.  Rarely taking extended moments to gaze up and around. ” “The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation…

Let’s Just Wander Around The African Bush

I have been led astray by my bush guide too often to count. At this time, as result of the Al-Qaeda related issues in Mali, our agency has a “Do Not Go Alone” security policy in effect. It is a bit stifling at times, but humanitarians here are a prime kidnapping financial target of various…

Trading Dusty African Sandals For Canadian Snowshoes

I am looking forward to getting home to do some cooler weather, snowshoeing and hiking. Here in Mali, West Africa, the last few trips into the bush have seen those hot northwest winds coming down off the Sahara, puffing quite lively in the mid afternoons. It is still relatively cool late at night, but that…

A little Too Close To Al-Qaeda

A kidnapping took place in southern Mali last night. First time such a despicable activity has occurred in this South Easterly region of Mali. It seems radical fundamentalists kidnapped a Colombian Catholic sister (nun) of a Franciscan Order. At first I heard the woman was taken from Koutiala, the next town north of us. 140km…

We Did Party And Dance In West Africa

In one village we had a party to celebrate the women’s success in the drought season drip irrigation gardens. I bought a goat, and my wife a sac of rice. We thought it would be just the women of one camp. However they invited the women from two other camps we work in. We arrived…

I Was Very Wrong

“Don’t waste much time defending your ego…” Richard Rohr Ever been wrong? I mean shown to be so thoroughly misguided that you are embarrassed of yourself? I posted a video on FaceBook that had some elements I’d not thought through very well. Once I thought about it more, some aspects were, in my thinking, wrong….