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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Boda Bodas: from Oxfam to Razor Blades

Kampala, Uganda.  Christmas is coming and I decide to take a break from work to do some shopping.  Kenneth and Patricia, youth from the One Stop Youth Centre, where I’ve been working, volunteer to take this mzungu (white person) to Owino Market. First task is to get there.  With a mix of trepidation and channeling […]

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Polite notice: am naked and waiting

No, this isn’t a porn email, rather some overall musings on Kenya and Uganda. You often see public notices here start with ‘Polite notice….’ as in ‘polite notice; please check out by 10 am’. I like that, it’s poetic. Time runs thicker here. Am measuring time not in seconds or minutes but rather in hours […]

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Hippos and Irish Drinking Songs

During my recent five days of doing intensive program evaluation training in Kenya for the United Nations,, we created a bit of a spectacle with our training.  To keep the content interesting I constantly did games and activities that were frequently very loud.  The wait staff always hung around to watch.  We play and learn […]

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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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