No Going Back

Final Day in Rwanda

Catch up on Part 1 of our Rwanda trip here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 here, Part 6 ...more

Home from another semester in Africa

We are back from another semester teaching in a Tanzanian seminary in East Africa. No way to do blog posts from there. I taught Bible and American History, Life and Culture. Wonderful, eager students. I preached in villages and went to a village parish most Sundays. I loved it. The color, the drumming and dancing in worship, the people.  I encouraged twelve step recovery for a family member of an alcoholic. It is good to be one of a very few white people in an African culture. Changes the dynamic of race. Eternal summer. Africa rules!...more

Leopard Spotting in the Serengeti

The next 3 days of of our African Adventure were spent in the Serengeti. Our goal here was to spot some of the rarely seen leopards, ...more

My African Adventure

This autumn brought the trip of a lifetime....more

Zimbabwe dies as we watch

I've been receiving a lot of congratulatory messages for the 'bravery' of becoming the first woman to show my support to the 'Occupy Africa Unity Square' movement. would like to reinstate my stance that I AM NOT BRAVE.  I am still a coward!  Even more so that I have gone to show my support.  But ...  I had to, I didn't have much of a choice.  I had to do it -  for the sake of my Zimbabwe. ...more


Do you remember 1967, when the infamous "Summer of Love" in San Francisco made headlines worldwide and everyone wore flowers in their hair? ...more

Ebola (o-no-la!)

Apart from my INCREDIBLY witty title (so, SO bad), there is nothing funny about the currentEbola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. For those not habitually tracking global public health crises, this is one to pay attention to. I don’t care how distracted you may have been by the hot-mess-bro/slut-shaming incident on the Bachelorette. Okay, I admit I don’t watch the show (At all. Ever.) But….dude, just NO. To quote Kid President, not cool Robert Frost. I digress....more


Romeo had been getting in touch with me, randomly, via skype since we met in one of Professor Dingleberry’s online courses a year earlier. I had never met him in person, but tried to be friendly about his chatting.  I had taken the Winter semester off, and went to The Picnic From Hell, (wherein I was treated to some kind of tranquilizer and passed out for five hours) excited to be going back to class that Fall....more

Groves of Africa

D'walis Okwandi sat down in the middle of the road to gather himself. He'd already walked seven miles from the clinics and only had a few more to go. His sandals were nearly worn through, he noticed, a new crack in the leather upper made him clench his jaw more tightly. As he removed them to stretch his toes, he wondered when the shoemaker would come back to his village - if ever. It was a great blow to the community when the shoemaker's apprentice had left his Master alone and overworked....more