The ancient Swahili proverb Kila shetani na mbuyu wake (Every baobab has its demons) was first whispered to me by a Tanzanian journalist directing media relations for the second major project I worked on in Africa. Halima Shariff, wise beyond her years (some say that’s what journalism does for you), was explaining why none ofContinue reading “Kila Shetani na Mbuyu Wake”
If you are here to help me, then you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us begin. Lily Walker, an Australian Aborigine activist The casual observer of a poor person can conspire to humiliate him. It is your surprise, your anger that deniesContinue reading “Don’t Waste Your Time”
That’s me! Second generation Polish on my Mom’s side, Dad came over on the Mayflower. Pretty ordinary mutt, you say! Except for two things: I’m half of a pair of identical twins, and while I like pie – I LOVE pie! – my favorite isn’t apple. No, my favorite comes from Down Under: Jack DanielsContinue reading “As American as Apple Pie”
The Pember Museum in Granville, NY (population 6546 as of the 2000 census), typical of natural history collections built in the Victorian era, houses a premier assortment of specimens assembled by a private philanthropist more than a century ago. I volunteer here, assisting with cataloguing, because it exemplifies the curiosity and interest in the naturalContinue reading “Where I Am Now”
The kids ambushed me from behind one of their small mud homes in a community north of Masaka. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” they squealed. Six months after the release of the comic in New York, these kids had already heard about the Gang of Four terrapins in an age before internet and social media, beforeContinue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Uganda”
A 25-year career in international health introduced me to communities affected by HIV/AIDS and other structural and political vulnerabilities. I want to speak about the hardships and courage and beauty of the people in met all over the world.