Category Archives: random thoughts

musings on art and life

Israel

Going through passport control at Ben Gurion Airport, the passport agent took our picture. That was the first sign that security was a lot tighter here. We finally found our friends and got on the bus into Tel Aviv. At … Continue reading

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Kristin’s Story

I met Kristin when we gave her a ride home from a meeting . . . we dropped her off in Kroo Bay, one of the poorest slums in Freetown. It was 10pm but the streets were full of people selling … Continue reading

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A very cool thing happened . . .

Several months ago I wrote about a volunteer job I found at a school/resource center called Transformation Education. The kids are all nine or ten years old, and this one boy I noticed, Babah, had something wrong with his right … Continue reading

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“How you sleep?”

That is the first question I’m greeted with (in Krio) as I walk down our street in the early morning. First I thought the question was odd, but not any more: the noises during the night can be relentless: fighting … Continue reading

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British Colonial houses

About a hundred years ago when Sierra Leone was still a Crown Colony, these houses were built for British administrators. They arrived flat-packed from the London department store Harrods. About 15 of them are left in our Hill Station neighborhood. Sierra … Continue reading

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I Got a Great Job! . . .

. . . teaching English (phonics – something that is not emphasized in schools) to nine and ten-year olds in a school/resource center in Freetown. I met the director in church a few weeks ago, and after hearing about Transformation Education, I … Continue reading

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The rest of the story . . . Bendacoro Village

Toward the end of our communal dinner we heard the pounding of drums again, signalling the start of the evening performance.  We quickly finished and took our special seats again at the edge of the concrete rice-drying floor (the stage). … Continue reading

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