I Kissed A Canadian

“There is a story told of two monks in Japan, traveling together down a muddy Road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a Bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on girl,” said Tanzan and at once. Lifting her in his arms,…

From Mali to The Pennine Way in England?

“Thanks for this great article, Andy, and for allowing me to have one of the most memorable, enjoyable and fulfilling weeks ever.” Rob Baker If you have been following my website you are aware of the music we recorded from the Ganadougou  people  in South Eastern Mali. Rob Baker is the ethnomusicologist, from England, who…

Evening Shiver

Strapped on the Canadian winter flip flops and went to the woods tonight. It was my first time snowshoeing since returning from Africa. What a treat this was.  Canada is such a beautiful country, even in winter. Winter is not so bad if you embrace the beauty of it.  My youngest son Tim came along…

Our Cultural & Faith Experiences Are Not Broken

“If you want to move away from your home culture, one thing you have to be ready for is sobbing when it makes no sense.” (Kristy Carlson) We get the message. It seems to be covered very well  in most books or orientation chats. When we travel internationally we fully expect to encounter new customs,…

Trails to Lobster Traps – Wild Planning

Two sets of planning going in my crazy head today. Firstly, I am planning for my up and coming Lobster season. Been stitching funnels and heads for another fifty new lobster traps I already built. Today, my son weaved those heads onto the maple hoops, while I sized and stapled them.  Once finshed, we can…

I’m Hiking Newfoundland’s 320 Km East Coast Trail – Part 1

“I’m a free spirit who never had the balls to be free.” (Troy, in,  Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed ) I am so flipping excited i can barely type this story. Like Really! Act your age Andy! I have been sitting on this news for almost four months…

A Past Conversation Of Future Actions Among Canada’s First Nations

“Our children here on the reserve, like a lot them, go to bed at night hungry and drink poor quality water, and some of them barely have a roof over their head.’?” – John Levi, Elsipogtog warrior chief We have been concerned about our Aboriginal and First Nations children for some time now. As you…

Tossing the Magic Cape To Go Fishing

Could I radically shift gears more drastically than this?  From the hot Sahel sands, south of the Sahara Desert to the cool Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of Canada? My life is not merely two different places, but two cosmically different realities. I live in the constant transition of going from one place to…

He Does Projects And Programs, But He Doesn’t Love Us

This is a good reminder to humanitarians, NGO’s, or other international workers and travelers that people and relationships are the real foundation of life, and work. Don’t ever forget this at home, or overseas. I read his a while back, and it needs no further explanation. “I was part of a missionary team in Morocco…

Can God Shred Malian Music Speakers?

I actually prayed this yesterday. “Dear God….. please break the bull horn speakers on that truck that has been blasting highly distorted music, from over amplification, of head drilling, pounding reverberations for the past two days in front of my home.” Loud music is the marketing strategy here.  For promotion of something, to garner attention,…