The Paradox of Being White and Woke in America

It was late afternoon on a Tuesday. I was driving south on the pothole-riddled I95 towards Chester, PA. I had been making the drive every Tuesday since early October to participate in a 200-hour yoga teacher training inside the State Correctional Institution there, through a partnership with the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program. I exited the… Continue reading The Paradox of Being White and Woke in America

Six Word Memoirs: PC Namibia Style

Maybe you're familiar with the tale that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a short story in only six words. If so, maybe you also recall that story to go as follows: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Many of you are probably familiar with the SMITH Magazine six word memoir project as well.… Continue reading Six Word Memoirs: PC Namibia Style

Shootings, discrimination, and black lives matter

I think news organizations that immediately attack the black lives matter movement after an unarmed black man is killed, should be downgraded from credible news sources to  fearmongering, political propaganda machines. There are enough historical and current examples to justify such an exclusive name for the movement, as in to specify black lives. But if acknowledging… Continue reading Shootings, discrimination, and black lives matter

Put Some Water On IT

One thing that has to be consistent for all Peace Corps volunteers, despite country or sector of service, is that we get pretty dang creative with the limited resources “we are having.” (inside joke for my fellow volunteers in Namibia) The movie Friday always comes to mind when I think about this. The scene I… Continue reading Put Some Water On IT

Nkinda Zokutauka (Broken Cup)

I didn’t know it had become part of the clutter. Just another item amongst the heap of junk and chaos that became the surface of my coffee table. Distracted, carless, and lazily I used what was in my hands to shove that junk to the side. I didn’t even see it fall, but I suppose… Continue reading Nkinda Zokutauka (Broken Cup)