A Thought About Africa

Luca Neghesti wrote: “Maybe it isn’t about democratizing Africa, but about Africanizing democracy” This really has me thinking. Maybe the issue with many of us around the world, including Africa, is that we have bought the belief that Africa is ‘less than’. That somehow we, Africans, have to apologize for being who we are, how we…

Female Genital Mutilation

Did you know that female genital mutilation (FGM) is reported to have been practiced in the US as recently as 2010? The United States of America is many things, good and bad, but I held the belief that the majority of the people who want to live in the US of A, are people who…

A Photo for You = Education for a Girl

It’s spring time! It’s time for new things, reassessment of new year’s resolutions, some thorough cleaning, and pollen everywhere! When it comes to wanting something new and cleaning ‘house’ thoroughly, I believe we can do so in various ways. Surely keeping my living space clean is good and necessary for my overall wellbeing, but I…

My Son’s Miracle Heart

     It is the day before getting discharged from the hospital where my son was born. A RN nurse comes in, checks my boy with a sthetoscope, and says she hears a heart murmur. A doctor comes and dismisses it as a breathing pattern. Another RN comes, listens to my baby boy’s heart and says…

Lil’ Big’s Kiss

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I LOVE FOOD! Food journey in Tanzania (Part II)

Senene, bajia. and breadfruit, oh my! So, just what is senene? Senene are grasshoppers, and they are a delicacy in Tanzania. When I went to Tanzania there were small packages of senene sold by street vendors! Back in the day people lucky enough to be in areas most visited by these grasshoppers, would be seen…

Daily Prompt: But No Cigar …. No Good Stance…& No Longer a Chance.

Yes! Another great prompt from WordPress to release the writer in me; she who hides from sunlight that IS liberation enwrapped in writing! This daily prompt is about the experience of coming really close to something, and it unraveling, at the very end. It’s about the stories that can be summed up as ‘Almost’. Some say…

Babies: Safety, love, & family.

  Have you ever been in a situation in which a family member, say, your aunt, happens to be around you and your baby & asks you a question that sounds like she isn’t sure you have fully considered the safety of your baby prior to doing whatever you’re doing (and you know that you…

My Suckling Babe

So… my little baby is now a whole year old. I breastfed her for her first six months of life. I couldn’t believe I still had milk, although I understood how milk production worked. Every time she would leave a satisfied customer, or I pumped more than six ounces of milk (at 5, 6 months)…

Girls: The First Teachers

Girls become women, and women are our first teachers. It is imperative that we focus on the wholesome education of girls everywhere. I am originally from Tanzania, and in May 2010 I went to Tanzania mainland & to Zanzibar. My intent was to visit a school my mother had spoken with me about, to see its…

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

In the midst of the positive thoughts that occupy my spirit and my mind, there exists a gnawing sensation letting me know it is time for something different to happen. I begin to think: “Something” is a vague word, so I must figure out what it stands for. “I need to go home!” I hear…