Sometimes I Get Very Pissed Off In Africa

I was in a village of 3500 people a few days ago. It is only about 18km in the bush from a paved road, but still very removed from a major town. This village has received three drilled deep wells with hand pumps installed. Great for them, right? They certainly need the water. Right now…

All 100 Said, “To Hell With You Sahara Desert”

This was a great week. I told my development agency Man of Peace Development that I was going to double our food security impact this year. In Mali, we normally undertake drought season drip irrigated gardening with about fifty new families each year on our four month term. This enables greater food security for about five hundred…

Anthropology From A Chief

I lost a load of drip irrigation off the motorcycle while in the bush today. One of the cords holding the load on the back of my Motorcycle broke, and the drip irrigation supplies spilled all over the trail.  I had ten drip irrigation garden kits strapped on my bike and another ten filter units…

The Wilderness Bug Is A Healing Bug

I love to hike, and I do it often- though you would never know it by looking at me. I have read several of John Muir’s books, such as “Steep Trails“. I get lost in the nature visions that his field notes describe while hiking in a wilderness and mountains that were unknown to most…

Invisible Humanitarian Metamorphosis – Turning A New Leaf

I have a dilemma. Was it a humanitarian website midlife crisis? Gosh! I really don’t know! You tell me! I was realizing that someday I will no longer be a humanitarian, and then what?  Should I begin to migrate to a new site over time and phase out The Invisible Humanitarian, making room for my…

Four Years is “Only Four Years” To a West Africian

As much a wish to avoid Trump chat,  unfortunately I do get asked about Trump from time to time here in Mali, West Africa. The posturing over Trump is something else. I don’t even care to talk or acknowledge the subject. Media no longer reporting, but manipulating, thinking they get to choose the debate.  Media…

Tearing Down Walls – No Where To Turn?

Do you understand, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to turn?” Marmeladov’s question came suddenly into his mind “for every man must have somewhere to turn… (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment) Several things got stuck in my heart today.  We made a plan to visit friends in Kadiolo, 104…

Bringing Others To Birth – I Stopped Saving The World

I grew sick of hearing the sound of my own voice. “They discover that it’s difficult, they don’t know how to relate. They don’t know how to listen….. They know how to tell people what to do. They are trained in “telling” people. But they’ve not got the idea of listening, and bringing people to…

Africa, Motrocycles, Working Too Hard, And Foolish People

“Those who know him generally like him well enough, providing he keeps his thoughts mostly to himself.” (William P. Young. The Shack) We did two bush runs on the motorcycles in one day, covering about 160km. One of our projects was going so well, my wife and I had to return to Sikasso for more…

A Cheerful and Undefeated Mali

I am cheerful, and undefeated. Ninety two… yes, remember the number Ninety two……..92……. “Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.” (Earnest Hemingway. The old Man And The Sea) Some great things happening. Here are some of the great women in our…

One Conversation Transformation

“I grew up in Libya in abundance and I believed my people lived in similar conditions. My father never told me. This is pure hunger. Life in the Sahara is hard. It’s tough even for the young people so how can the elderly take it? I can’t  stand the way my people are living here….