The African Bus Burned My Feet But A Catholic Angel Appeared

It was February 2006. I needed to fly out of Abidjan a few days early because of more rumored protests. The very first streets protesters block in Abidjan is the round point into the airport. I simply could not afford the lost time in Mali if I had to sit a few more days in…

Donkey Cart Diaries From West Africa

The donkey cart on the opposite side of the highway was meandering up the shoulder of the road as opposing traffic. This was not the issue. No, a sight much more alarming was. Snail speed donkey traffic. I once rode a donkey cart for four km to the Sikasso market. Like most time fixated and…

Embarrassed In West Africa

I arrived at this remote village and had to meet every single family within the whole campement.  I was led down every back path to meet people in each village hut,  even people living on the outer fringes of the village, families in the bush really. As I exchange greetings, news, and small talk a…

Hike Chat Video About Mali, West Africa

Africa update. I was out hiking and recorded a little video update about our return to Mali. For some reason I never mentioned the water filtration work, or the audio educational materials.

African Motorcycle Blues – Sewer Water On My Feet in Mali

I have never experienced anything this drastic. However, there are days you just go to your room, shut the door, and pretend that Africa is no longer on the other side of that closed door. “I didn’t give a damn how many French government workers stared at me as I dragged my blue plaid rice…

Who Chooses The Fire? Two Stories

Kindness, love, and hospitality at my table, without favoritism, is my way forward through the fire. “Once, I went to interview Jean Cocteau. His house was piled high with bibelots, paintings, drawings by famous artists, books, Cocteau kept everything, and felt a deep love for all those things. So anyway, during the interview, I decided…

Finding Ancient Fossils

Took a motorcycle trip to Nova Scotia and stopped at the Joggin’s fossil Museum and beach. Joggin’s has a beach area where fossilized plants, trees, and insects are found. It was declared a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. My buddy, his son, and I, stopped in for the 1/2 hour tour. The guide took us…

L’Amour En Afrique – Scandalous West African Bucket Showers

Bucket showers are probably the showers of the majority world,  I would think. Water simply does not come from a pressurized tap for most of the planets rural families. Even if it does for town folks, to economize on water, buckets are still filled by taps for washing, no steady stream showers like we are accustomed to…

The African Lady With A Sideways Eye

It was 1996 , yet, twenty years later, I still see her face, her sideways eye, as she looked at me from two directions, regardless of what direction she turned her head. I have been awake since 3:55 AM re-reading a book by a friend, Rob Baker, (Click link) an ethnomusicologist. Reading his stories about…