Kila Shetani na Mbuyu Wake

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”

Where I Am Now

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”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Uganda

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”