Cathedral Spires -I Wish I Read His Cardboard Sign

I would see him again. “It was as though there was an unspoken agreement that nothing would pierce the bubble that had been carefully placed around us” – unknown But something, no someone pierced my bubble.  My wife and i were celebrating our twenty ninth anniversary this weekend. She is still in my bubble and…

Higher Education Bullshit

“…. he asked me if, in view of my obvious ignorance of everything that he had taken for granted since he was three years old, I would please lay off the higher education bullshit.” I laughed and laughed at this statement made to an American in a working relationship with a black Ecuadorian. I have…

Free Aid Decimates Local African Businesses

How to travel totally stress free… and help your host country in the process. Here is a typical problem of free aid…..local businesses are bankrupted because AID projects come in and offer the same products for free. How can local business thrive if we do not support the local markets and mechanisms? How can nations develop…

Is West Africa Too Hot, Too Cold, Too Wet or Dry, Too Windy

A few years ago I was reading about the deaths in Bamako during a freak torrential rain that destroyed  hundreds of homes. Twenty seven people killed as a result. The same also occurred in my home town again this year. Poor souls too poor to own land, so they build shanties along the banks of…