When it comes to time is spontaneity political?

Having recently returned from working in Africa I’ve been thinking about time.  A lot. In my last three posts I wrote about a great Utne Reader article called Our Schedules, Our Selves: Are you more important than your appointment book? by Jay Walljasper, Stephan Rechtschaffen’s article called How to expand time and Lynnika Butler’s article […]

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This thing called time: Tokyo time

Having recently returned from working in Africa I’ve been thinking about time.  A lot. In my last two posts I wrote about a great Utne Reader article called Our Schedules, Our Selves: Are you more important than your appointment book? by Jay Walljasper and Stephan Rechtschaffen’s article called How to expand time. In the same […]

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This thing called time part 2

Having recently returned from working in Africa I’ve been thinking about time.  A lot. In my last post I wrote about a great Utne Reader article called Our Schedules, Our Selves: Are you more important than your appointment book? by Jay Walljasper. Accompanying Jay’s article is a bold headline that reads “How to Expand Time”.  […]

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This thing called time

Coming back from working in Africa for a month I’ve been thinking about time a lot. A lot. Time flowed thicker there.  I was swept up in its meandering current.  I delighted in its unpredictability. Slipping back into the stream at home in Canada I observe myself getting annoyed if someone takes a few extra […]

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How old are your ideals?

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind… Nobody grows old by merely a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals. (Poet Samuel Ullman, from his poem ‘Youth’, as quoted in Gods and Soldiers, the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing.) How old are your ideals? For […]

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Musings on Africa; cookie dough, screech owls, bumper cars & matatus

Back in chilly, wet Vancouver.  Remembering.  Recent musings from Africa. I watched some weaverbirds making nests while running on the treadmill the other morning.  Picking up twigs from the children’s playground they industriously wove them together.  I marvel that they make 5-6 nests for every one they use (better protection).  I especially marvel that the […]

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Lulled to sleep in a mosquito net

Enroute home from Nairobi to Vancouver.  I’ve switched one cocoon (mosquito net encased bed) for another (airplane). Sleeping within a mosquito net is like: –    going to bed in a fairy’s nest –    entering a butterfly’s silken home –    entering a den of cotton candy –    being free and cocooned simultaneously Where are you free […]

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I believe in hope

Tomorrow I leave Nairobi for home.  As I get ready for the 24 hour marathon journey a pause to think about my time here……. I believe that hope has a home.  It lives in small places, fanned by the winds of change. I believe that hope is our compass.  Without it we’re lost in the […]

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Change management: Alice in Wonderland with chicken legs or wings

We had been working on designing a survey for youth who had taken part in training at the One Stop Youth Centre.  I was working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last week doing follow-up to the program evaluation training I did in Naivasha for the United Nations. Dar es Salaam means ‘haven of peace’ in […]

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From my first African nocturnal visitor to my first Blog post

Here’s to firsts. First kiss.  First car, first job, first love.  From the first time you triumphed, and the first time you surprised yourself to the first time you left home (and the first time you came back).  First time you crashed and burned.  First time you discovered your passion.  And here’s to Rock.Paper.Scissors’ first […]

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