Cultural Integration Vs Segregation: How To Move Forward In America

Today we can connect with other cultures and people easier than ever–whether through media, by physically going to other places, or by simply living in diverse places. This exposure helps us learn about each others’ lifestyles, removing the fear of the unknown that can divide us, and encouraging understanding, growth, and peaceful living. Example: If…
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My Last Day In Africa

Eight days. Six cities around North Dakota and Minnesota. Six awesome audiences with which to present about Africa and China, discuss about the ways of life there and here, and all of it to grow in our understanding. Thanks again–all who came out and all who offered support–for making my recent book/speaking tour such a…
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Humans Of Jinja, Uganda

From houses of worship, to shacks in the slum, to my host’s home in the outskirts, to the snazzy mall in the middle of the city, I had explored Kampala. Now it was time to get to my next city, Jinja. A hop, skip, and a leap away from Kampala, I got on a dalla dalla…
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The African Slum School

Imagery of a primary school includes playfulness, nurturing, and the planting of seeds of education and a bright future. Imagery of a slum is one of struggle, suffering, and the seeds to a short, hard life. Today we put these two together. *** After we had toured the Bwaise slum and visited the residence of a mother of…
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Visit To An African Slum

An African slum. What comes to mind? I was given the chance to visit one of these extreme environments. And for the next two weeks I’ll show you photos and video of the conditions, the lives, and the institutions of a slum in Kampala, Uganda. *** Earlier this day, my guide at the Gaddhafi Mosque had…
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Religion In Uganda: I Visit A Temple And A Mosque

What religion are people in East Africa? Christian? Muslim? Tribal mythologies? Witchcraft? How about dread-locked Rastafari? Yes. Contrasting people of Europe or China, those in Africa are especially open to religion. This openness combined with the influence of outsiders over recent centuries, means a lot of different faiths have taken hold. In June, I was…
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New Country, New Trek: Into Uganda

At night I lay sick in my saggy bed in my dingy motel in Bukoba, wishing that buses could leave later in the morning. I wanted to sleep in the next morning, but dawn-departure trips seemed the norm. Surprisingly, I awoke feeling okay. In fact, I was eager to leave this city on the west…
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Ferry Ride To Bukoba, My Low Point On This Trek

I told myself when I left Arusha that this trek around Lake Victoria wasn’t going to be a vacation. It was an adventure. I’d be okay with delays and discomforts; they were all just part of the experience. The upshot: this mindset allowed me to also be open to any opportunity that came along. And…
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Mwanza: A Huge Lake, Freakishly Large Birds, And A New Friend

I awoke, did one of those looks back and forth where the eyes dart but the head stays put. New room; new city in Tanzania. A new city to explore. And I would do so this day to discover gardens along huge Lake Victoria tended to by locals, tan boulders the size of cars (and…
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On The (deadly) Road To Mwanza, Tanzania

“Here is it,” said the guy standing next to me at the busy Arusha bus station. Finally. It was the morning of September 18, and after the joy of waiting for two hours watching hoards of other Tanzanian travelers getting on their on-time buses, I was relieved with the tardy arrival of mine. I needed…
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