Elbowing Jihad In Mali

There is trouble brewing in the Mosques here in Mali.  A struggle from within the house of Islam. A Muslim welder in Sikasso was expressing his deep frustration over alarmingly disrespectful occurrences within Sikasso’s Mosques. It seems that there are men in Sikasso’s mosques who are discreetly elbowing others beside them as they form up…

Never Quickly Run Away – Are We Playing In Developing Nations?

“Now, after three years in the Peace Corps, my father’s letter had illuminated my real position and Ecuador; I was engaged in the ultimate bourgeois gesture.  I had come to live for a time in a poor village…. When things got too rough: if I got sick or the food became unbearable or if the…

How Scars Move Us Forward

“When we decide to act, it is natural that unexpected conflict should arise. It is natural that we will be wounded as a result of such conflict. Wounds heal: they stay on as scars, and that is blessing. Such scars stay with us for the rest of our lives, and are of great help to…

Never Coming All The Way Back – Bored With Me?

“The couple of days that he stayed with us were punctuated with amusing and interesting conversations: one I remember was about his four wives, or rather about polygamy. ‘Well’, said Malick (A professional Malian photographer who photographed the Djenne Djenno Hotel in Djenne, Mali) with just a hint of mischief in his eye ‘ Wouldn’t…