Too Weak To Carry Water

While working in Mali west Africa, I was drilling holes in Buckets for irrigation kits. “Hey Coulibaly! (my African name). Why are you drilling a big hole in all those buckets?, a Traoré asked me as he watched me work. “Traoré’s are weak, and can’t carry heavy loads, so I drill the hole in all…

Unscripted Encounters

There are encounters that delight. Often we expend too much of life’s time and energy gain material things, when we should error on the side of filling our lives with relationships, exchanges, encounters and experiences. Enjoying Moments! “All real living is meeting.” ~ Martin Buber (1878-1965), Jewish philosopher mystic. We live in isolation from nearly…

Confessions Of a Fat Man On The Mini Appalachian Trail

I enjoy being outside so much that one would hope the struggle with my weight would solve itself. When it comes to hiking, backpacking, or working on the fishing boat, the same dynamic seems to apply. The more I work, the more I eat. That is an unforgiving cycle. I often post pictures of my…

Why I’m Moving Toward Non-Violent Pacifism

The vast majority of people throughout history has been poor, disabled, or oppressed in some way (i.e., “on the bottom”) and would have experienced history in terms of a need for change. The people who wrote the books and controlled the social institutions, however, have almost always been the comfortable people on the top. Much…

I Gazed and Gazed and Long Admired

“I Gazed and Gazed and Long Admired….. For the colors and lines and expression of this divine landscape – countenance are so burned into my mind and heart they surley can never grow dim.”  ~John Muir Our first snow arrived on Christmas day, and then temperatures dropped until the first week of January. -15 to…

How We Screwed Haitians And Other Developing Nations

I wish i could say the following story is unusual. But it isnt.  We have a political, moral and economic colonialism alive and well in our governments intractions with developing  nations. Both through AID, and economic activity with an insistance on something being adopted, accepted, or bought into.  Colonialism, insisting  that our values and societal…

When AID Functions As A Kickback 

“In 1995, the director of the U.S. aid agency defended his agency by testifying to his congress that 84¢ of every dollar of aid goes back into the U.S. economy in goods and services purchased. For every dollar the United States putsinto the World Bank, an estimated $2 actually goes into the U.S. economy in…

Our Management is Not Our Success Nor Our Story

“The next time a stranger comes asking to find God, do not show him what you have managed in His name….” Read this intriguing section a few ears ago. He is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. Portuguese …. sold over 210 million books in 80 languages.. The last paragraph is a good one. I Want…

The Foot Washed in New Wine Goes Forward

Putting my best foot forward for 2018. The only thing is, i really don’t know which is my best foot. “Of all the things we do, we have more freedom with respect to what we will think of, where we will place our mind, than anything else. And the freedom of thinking is a direct…