rundown carry-ons

“Please be careful when removing your [baggage] from the overhead compartment as items may have shifted during flight.” Baggage is inevitable. If you’re going places, chances are you’re taking things with you. Flights create friction, they have turbulence and measures to keep you safe amidst all of that. The one thing a flight can’t do … More rundown carry-ons

English & What?

Me: Sawubona? South African: Yebo, Unjani? Me: Ngiyapila, nam… South African: Ngiyapila *Insert follow up question* Me: I’m sorry, I don’t know much Zulu South African: So what language do you speak? Me: English South African: English and what? Me: Just English South African: *Insert all types of looks of confusion* What do you mean? … More English & What?

“What happened at the New Orleans?” 12 Years Later

Twelve years later, everybody knows what happened, but not many can truly grasp how real it was. Sometimes I forget that everybody’s life didn’t change on August 29, 2005. Twelve years later, I also easily forget how many lives changed and ended on that day and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As someone who made … More “What happened at the New Orleans?” 12 Years Later

Trump’s African Soulmate

  “Our universe grants every soul a twin – a reflection of themselves- the kindred spirit.” None of Trump’s numerous significant others have managed to fit this script, but guess who does. Another unprepared, unqualified, charismatic, anti-establishment president whose impeachment has been the desire of the masses from the get, South Africa’s President Zuma. Clearly … More Trump’s African Soulmate

Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy

Name a scenario in which kids and teargas might be an appropriate combination. Try harder. I’ll wait. Ok, cool. Glad we’re on the same page. On June 16, 1976, police officers in Johannesburg felt as though they had found the appropriate situation for this combination, thus sparking the Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students were peacefully … More Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy

Hungry… for Knowledge

*Insert statistic about starving African babies. *Insert image of starving, naked African kids. *Insert reality check that my students, whether they own one or five uniforms, come to school everyday looking sharper than a razor blade, electricity or not. But really, my kids are starving. They’re not starving for whatever you have to offer on … More Hungry… for Knowledge

Downsizing: Don’t Let Clutter Block Your Blessings

I have a pretty dope wardrobe. I’m under the impression that most people feel that way but for me, this was a new realization. I’m always, “going to spend that next check on a wardrobe upgrade,” but happy hours and flight deals have a way of re-arranging your budget. At home with a full closet, … More Downsizing: Don’t Let Clutter Block Your Blessings

Sisters and Bros in Different Area Codes: Community as Family

One of the first lessons we learn in life is the importance of family. In a conversation with one of our amazing guest bloggers, he pointed out to me that the concept of a nuclear family is a western idea. When I thought about it I realized he was right. The geographical, economic and social layout … More Sisters and Bros in Different Area Codes: Community as Family

Writing Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou In this section of the blog, you will have access to a new, yet old kind of home. Earlier this year I began my journey as a Fulbright Teaching … More Writing Home