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Bricks: A Story in Pictures

This is the home of a farmer who also happens to be a pastor, who also happens to be a higher education ‘lecturer’, who also happens to be the local dental provider, who also happens to be the village well … Continue reading

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Eating crunchy eyeballs

Life in another culture can be full of unexpected adventures. For instance, I recently had a meal of posho with beans, ‘little fish’ and hot chili peppers. I had deliberately avoided this meal at the mess hall where I am staying, … Continue reading

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Earth Splitting Joy

And all the people went up after him, playing on pipes, and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth was split by their noise. (1 Kings 1:40, RSV) The “splitting of the earth” is an obvious hyperbole, so much so that … Continue reading

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The Brutality of the Bench

I hungrily took my plate of posho, rice, and ground nut sauce and found a place on the only remaining bench in the mess hall. I was having a pleasant conversation with a man about his village and the intrigues and … Continue reading

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How Uganda Helped Me Get Family Right

My mother and father took their vows to an altar they were convinced was unassailable. I soon arrived followed by a brother, another brother, and finally a sister. If a family were nuclear then we were explosive. Both sets of … Continue reading

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Millions in the Mattress: A Short Narrative of the Left-Handed Orphan

The email arrived in 2006, we both agree. I remember wondering if this were yet another ridiculous scam birthed in some dark room in Africa. He wondered if my terse reply was a sign of good intent or ill. Born … Continue reading

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