The Right to Ruin

News of the Kangaluwi mines, owned by a Dubai conglomerate, reasserting its ‘right’ to ruin the Zambezi National Park, the southern portion of the Zambezi River Basin and all subsequent rivers flowing to the Indian Ocean as well all the land in between is beyond distressing. Sign the petition to stop this carnage now. InContinue reading “The Right to Ruin”

Numba Your Days!

“Numba Your Days!” the small man thundered from the makeshift pulpit, exhorting World Vision staff in Zambia to come to grips with the fact that our time on earth is limited, so we’d better make the best of it while we can. I was transfixed by the man’s rich, resonant bass voice and the forceContinue reading “Numba Your Days!”

Chilyapa Lwando: the Healing Power of Art

In his 2011 book Art Healing: Visual Art for Emotional Insight and Well-Being Portland, Maine psychiatrist Jeremy Spiegel says that art can heal: “Through interacting with artworks, it is possible to gain mastery over emotional pain, psychological traumas, and paralyzing mental stagnation to attain a more positive perspective on life.” Just looking at art canContinue reading “Chilyapa Lwando: the Healing Power of Art”

Abide with the Uneasy: Carpal Tunnel Bliss

Pema Chodron extols the uneasy, the queasy — the in-between places we fall into countless times each day — as the closest thing to heavenly bliss we will ever experience. These are the points when you are free — and motivated — to change what you’ve been doing all your life, to change who youContinue reading “Abide with the Uneasy: Carpal Tunnel Bliss”

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”