Life in Dar es Salaam

As of today, I have lived in Tanzania for exactly 3 months. Hopefully my sporadic photo-bombing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has given you a glimpse of my life here. But I’ve also realized that some of those photos might need some explanation. As I continue to discover new joys and trials (albeit few!) of…

Love is Madness

“Love is madness” they say And truly mad it seems To lay down one’s life Just so others can live “Love is patient” they say A virtue hard won By thinking of others And men before time “Love is hopeful” they say Not down or depressed Seeing sunshine in rain And beauty in pain “Love…

Under His Wings

Its 2:31 a.m. My body wants to sleep, but my mosquito bites are itching and my mind is full. All weekend, I have been surrounded by friends concerned for my safety. Between riding my bicycle to and from school, taking public transportation, and generally jumping into Tanzanian culture with both feet, there are certain risks….

Pianos, Prayer, and Pain

Isn’t life ALWAYS uncertain? Sometimes we just take it for granted that we THINK we know what’s going to happen next. And so we fall into what may be a sense of false security. But when those plans come crashing down around our feet, and we start freaking out… This past week, when life seemed…

Writers Influenced and Influencing

“There must be a resemblance, which does not depend upon their own will, between al the writers of any particular age. They cannot escape from subjection to a common influence which arises out of an infinite combination of circumstances belonging to the times in which they live; though each is in a degree the author…

Counting Gifts

The last month has seen a barrage against my family. Nearly two weeks ago, my parents had an accident on their tandem bicycle, leaving my mom with several broken bones, and rendering her mostly immobile. The following week, Dad collapsed at work and was admitted to the hospital overnight for monitoring of an irregular heart…