Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Africa's masterpiece

The lions, zebras, cheetahs... everything was amazing on the Masai conservancies. This was one of my favorite sights, above all. These trees and the nests in them. The so blue sky, the fake-looking clouds, as if the Universe set down it's paint br…

Everyday people: A freedom fighter

"I gave my youth to fight in the revolution with Sandinistas. I saw the awful things what Somoza's National Guard did to people ... They shot people and left them in the street. Sometimes they lit the bodies on fire. If you were out after 5, it's…

Riding the history train

There used to be a train that ran through El Sauce, Nicaragua. During the civil war, it stopped running and after a time people took up the track to sell for money. The train was sold to Japan. Now, the former track is a dirt trail that runs from…

Lights out

Electric has been out all day in El Sauce. Dinner by candlelight.…

Everything's new

Little Corn Island, Nicragaua: Coconut bread. You must eat it. I walked toward the barrio and made a left in it, but saw nothing. Asked some kids. It's right there, they said. I saw nothing. Just dark, a closed reggae bar and a teen girl makin…

Elsa's: A family endeavor

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: Wilma's mom opened Elsa's Place on the wind-swept side of tiny Little Corn Island years ago. Tourists from all over stay here, staying in simple wooden cabins facing the Atlantic. It's one of the less expensive beach…

Everything is new

Coconut bread. You must eat it. I walked toward the barrio and made a left in it, but saw nothing. Asked some kids. It's right there, they said. I saw nothing. Just dark, a closed reggae bar and a teen girl making out with a teen guy in a rocker…

the school opening in Las Minitas

Lecture April 20: The power of everyday people

On April 20, in honor of Earth Week Activism Day, I will be speaking about the school we built my Friends Project grassroots effort and the ability we all have to make an impact. Join us at the State University of New York, Bailey 203, starting at 2…