Delightfully Seeing Beauty

I’ve been looking over some beautiful photos, and this one from Saint John’s, Newfoundland stood out to me. It captures beauty, art, sensuality, and love so well. People are distinctive too. Here are a few strangers I was able to photograph as an official “PRESS” person. Yes, amazing, eh? Having been asked to take pictures…

When Your Roof Is Leaky

“Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.” ~ George Carlin Technology is great until you get caught. I have so enjoyed being able to get in touch with my friends and partners in Mali, West Africa, on their inexpensive phones. However, I realized that…

Where Warriors And Friends Grow Community

Got a few days on the motorcycle with a good friend. We are college buddies and eventually we spent a few years in West Africa working together. We had many late night laughs in mud huts in some rain forest village. We grew close, and honest. We all have “friends”, but few are the ones…

Punch It In The Face Real Good?

Punch a Nazi in the face! I’ve read that line so many times on social media this week I am sick. I’ve heard people ask, “Where is the Church? Why are they not speaking up against racism and white supremacy?” Where is the church? Are you kidding me? The church sends workers to every tribe,…

Walking The Path With Others

“There is the story of a disciple who approached his teacher and asked, “It seems to me that by having good friends and advancing together with them, one has already halfway attained the way of enlightenment. Is this way of thinking correct?” The teacher replied, “This way of thinking is not correct. Having good friends…

An Ancient Tribe – The Unheard Story

“I am here because I’m a member of an ancient tribe and in my tribe we believe that every person is an image of God and this is why I am here.” While attending to a Sudanese woman’s serious wounds after being brutally abused in unspeakable ways by Sudanese soldiers during Sudan’s civil war, a…

My Culture Demands To Be My Theologian And Priest

“One of the symptoms of our post christian culture is how captive our church is to the marketplace. And in a buyers market it’s not good business to give tough medicine.” Jason Micheli in interview with Rod Dreher. Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast. Episode 94 I am struggling. I’m not struggling over being kind, but…

Mountains, Hiking, Health, And Ego Management

“Now those are some serious hikers.” Overheard from the Air Canada check-in booth, spoken by the two supervisors standing off to the left of us. We might have looked mean, but I  was still hurting from my sickness while hiking. The trail was many climbs up and down, and I  started having this knot in…

Birthday Girl, Zimbabwean Doctors, Al-Qaeda And Lobsters 

The highlight of the week is Birthday girl. How on earth have we gone from married at twenty, to married at fifty? I’m beginning  to understand the statement. “A young person trapped in an old body”.  I still live, move, and have my being feeling 29 all the while. Yet, I’ll be fifty years old…

He Just Laughed And Said “Leave Djenne (Africa)” Never!

“When the Jihadists attacked the north and seemed to be on the march towards Djenné in 2012 I decided to leave for the south. I remember asking Yelfa if he would leave if things took a bad turn in Djenné. He did not really understand what I meant at first. The he just laughed and…