Something His Mama Can’t Offer

“My 93 year old client was giving me advice on how to keep a man.  Client: “Use your temper to your advantage. Be sweet but be sassy. Don’t start trouble but don’t just take it like a sissy. Nothing can be your problem or his problem. It has to be our problem. Feed him well…

When An Islamic Veil Secures A Malian Woman’s Freedom

A story I came across about a woman in Mali. This story was written by an expat in Bamako Mali in 2011. There is a growing presence of the more rigid and legalistic forms of Islam in Southern Mali. A veiled woman was rarely seen in the south years ago, or so I was told….

People Are More Important Than a Rotten Deck?

I am a basket case right now. Been a crazy few weeks trying to get the last of the fishing season and gear storage wrapped up before the snow flies. We have had unusually warm weather and this helped me address many things around my property that have been neglected the last six years of…

A First – In Six Gears

“Bad fishing makes for easy decisions” Andy Rayner We fished seventy nets Friday, two days fishing, for about 8 lbs of eels. Yes, that bad. My eel buying guy called Friday saying he was coming buy with the tanker truck to pick up our weeks catch of live eel on Saturday morning. We did not…

Under The African And Canadian Moon

“After thirty years of marriage all I got was this dumb ring.” Andy Rayner What I jokingly said to my wife about the 30th anniversary ring I got her this year.  We both laughed. She bought me a 30th anniversary Telescope. A Meade ETX 125 Observer. I had been eyeing one of these babies since…

He Could Choke In Ivory Coast

From a letter i sent home from Ivory Coast in 1997…. our firsts minutes back into the country. The Airport was chaos in those days. “We arrived 5 hours late (to airport in Abidjan), called and found that Milton (Milton Clark) was ready to leave (Abidjan) not knowing where we were since we did not…

How We Live In Foreign Lands… What The Real Story Is About

The richest experiences, memories, and most incredible stories you will tell, until the day you die, will most certainly be about them. The exchanges and encounters alongside individuals and people we came to know and love. The memorable stories are rarely about what we came to do

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,…