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Feeling My Age

Kirundo, Burundi, July 31 I’m 47 years old, and the last time I was in sub-Saharan Africa I was about 26. I’ve realized here what a difference that makes. It’s … Continue reading

July 31, 2009 · Leave a comment


Kirundo, Burundi, July 30   We’ve organized our workshops into sets of four or five sessions per workshop. There are four main workshops, and the participants will rotate through all … Continue reading

July 30, 2009 · Leave a comment

Kalashnikovs and Continuing Education

Kirundo, Monday, July 27 I just shook hands with someone who was carrying a Kalashnikov. (To be honest, I don’t really know if it was a Kalashnikov, an AK-47, or … Continue reading

July 27, 2009 · Leave a comment

Church in Burundi

Kirundo, Burundi, Sunday, July 26 Believe it or not, I actually went to church this morning. And, what’s more, it was my second time in church this year. The first … Continue reading

July 26, 2009 · Leave a comment

Link for Photos

I managed to post a few photos from our first day in Burundi on line. Click here to go there. I probably won’t get a chance to post anymore until … Continue reading

July 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Racist or Rational?

I’ve been thinking about how fearful I was on the flights coming here. The first flight was KLM, which is an airline I’ve flown quite a few times and trust. … Continue reading

July 25, 2009 · 4 Comments

The First Day

  Friday, July 24, Bujumbura, Burundi It’s 1:30 in the morning. We just arrived, and I’d really like to go to bed, but I’m waiting for the hotel to bring … Continue reading

July 24, 2009 · Leave a comment

Rocca Priori, Italy, July 9, 2009

We were in Rome yesterday and the day before, but apparently so were representatives of the G8 nations and other dignitaries. Sights/sites closed or opened arbitrarily to accommodate their whistle-stop … Continue reading

July 20, 2009 · Leave a comment

Outside Vicchio, Italy, July 17, 2009

  So here I am in what has to be the most beautiful place I’ve ever stayed. It’s an old farmhouse, probably dating in part from the 14th century, in … Continue reading

July 20, 2009 · Leave a comment

Niederweiler, Germany, July 4, 2009

As we were driving down the German autobahn today, zipping along at 150 kilometers per hour, watching the scenery gradually change, all I could think about was how incredibly fortunate … Continue reading

July 20, 2009 · 1 Comment