King

“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.” – Martin Luther King, Jr, in his sermon “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967…

Do Not Be Daunted

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. -Talmud A Photo Essay of New Orleans  

The Only Thing That Never Fails

Merlyn’s advice to young Wart, soon to be King Arthur, from TH White’s The Once and Future King: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies. You may lie…

On choosing a path…

“The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” -Frederick Buechner

swahili proverb

Hoping without struggling is like waiting for food in an empty pot.

On becoming…

“Man is not fully conditioned and determined; he determines himself whether to give in to conditions or stand up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist, but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.” -Viktor Frankl

A Way of Being Free

“We have not yet discovered what it means to be human. And it seems that this ordinary discovery is the most epiphanic that can be made–for when we have learnt what it is to be human, when we have suffered it, and loved it, we will know our true estate, we will know what gulf…

Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day… These are two of my favorite quotes from King, and I think they are especially relevant following the recent earthquake in Haiti. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a…

Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” -Ambrose Redmoon

Krismasi Njema na Heri ya Mwaka Mpya!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This is the first year I’ve been away from home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My thoughts have been with my family and friends at home even while my body has been here. Leading up to the 25th, the heavy heat of Dar es Salaam pushed the holidays to…

Out of Africa

“If I know a song of Africa,–I thought–of the Giraffe, and the African new moon lying on her back, of the ploughs in the fields, and the sweaty faces of the coffee-pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Would the air over the plain quiver with a color that I had on, or the…

Unlikely Places

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. – Roald Dahl   Yesterday I met my friend Betsy Allen at the airport. She spent the last six weeks in India as a volunteer, and will be spending the next six here in…

Sound Advice

“This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people… re-examine all you have been told…

A quote to ponder

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain