Monday, September 28, 2009

"Sometimes the only thing to do is to start looking at everything again until you forget what you're supposed to see and actually see what's there"

Monday, June 29, 2009


"Give me a thing which is hard
Multi-dimensional and oddly shaped
With jagged edges like broken glass
Place it in front of me
Look me in the eye
And step away, with gravitas
I will want to know how to pick it up
In the simplest of fashions
Risking insult and injury
But damage is inevitable
As it goes, these are the throes of life
And I will not shirk what is mine
Give me a thing which is ugly
Putrified and torn
With angry organisms in all its orifices
I will want to know how to move it
From one place to another
And maybe back again
Do not give it to me in a glass jar
With 'caution' painted on its sides
But lay it in the open air
Infection rarely carries a flashing sign,
"DANGER - Keep your distance!"
What makes me stronger will most definitely kill me
Give me a thing which has shattered
Been smashed beyond recognition
Bears no resemblance to anything at all
I will want to know what it was
To discover its original form
Uncover its purpose
Regard me with respect
I don't want your clues
Or your glues, strings and other fancy stuff
It is not my intention to repair
Only to understand the process
And I will not surrender that understanding freely
Better. No best. Give me
what you think I cannot do.
Dare me to try at what you know I will fail.
Do not think yourself a worthy opponent
You are a simple Pawn
There is only one Protagonist
I will want to know how to live
In a manner that shows you
I cannot fail; Nor shall I.
Resolve, thy name is "Me."
I will not be there to see the Pawns' shocked expressions
The Spirit in the Sky will be holding me.
"People do well because they are loved and because much is asked of them... Their own sense of responsibility is always their greatest asset."

the boys

Saturday, May 9, 2009

obama lovin'

Seen on the road between Morogoro and Dar

Seen at Lindi Bus Stand, on a bus travelling from Dar to Mtwara.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

quote of the day...

"You cannot hold a torch to light anothers path without brightening your own."

Friday, May 1, 2009

visiting my great-great uncle Connor

Captain James Connor Maxwell Bailey
Royal Army Medical Corps
Died 1919 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Buried at Dar es Salaam War Cemetery

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ernest Hemingway

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break, it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you, too, but there will be no special hurry."
- A Farewell to Arms

To growing strength in the broken places,

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Uliomba kazi,
Ukapata kazi,
Usione kazi
kufanya kazi!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

family fun time in mtwara!

jamila, me, baby jenny, ali, and bakari

jamila and I
moshi and I