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

Art, in everyday life

BRIN/DJIBONKER, SENEGAL — Only the flames from the fire light the cooking shelter, where Berthe is patting the gauze, carefully folded over the top of the pot of piping hot corn rounds, steam wafting up and out into the black night. She started w…

Walking with the king

LIVINGSTONE TOWN, ZAMBIA — Outside of Victoria Falls national park in Zambia, Africa, Lion Encounter is a reserve for captive-bred lions and a program to introduce their offspring into the wild to care for the declining wild lion populations. Her…

The loneliest tree

SENEGAL, WEST AFRICA — The road to Bandial stretches out north from the village of Brin some 20 kilometers, past a few villages where people pass on bikes or motos and sell mangoes by the side of the road. When you round the "bend" and…

Happy birthday, in Africa

I'm in Dakar, Senegal, for my birthday. I'm under anyone's radar and enjoying walking past goats and chickens and burnt out cars and girls doing their hair in the street and trying to buy tampons.... In a country where there is none because the pha…

A day in Dakar

I was awake 6 hours in Dakar and we had had a moonwalk dance lesson from Boris, pet goats in the street, got hauled into a family dance fete with 14 people packed into the front room that's the size of the Vertex bathroom and I had a mini dance sessi…

Friday night in Africa

Doing my favorite thing ... Sitting in the doorway and street.... Watching the world go by. In Senegal.I'm with my adopted family here. I gave zero idea what they're in hysterics about. :-)…

Bienvenue Senegal

I've been awake 6 hours in Senegal. I maneuvered the Dakar airpirt, which is a justifiable assault by hack and real cab drivers .... Because my adopted famiky here got me. In this time Boris tried to teach me to moonwalk. I had a mini dance party…

Found: Nature's perfect lighting

I don't use tripods or lights. I love to discover what nature provides ... often it is Hollywood-worthy. This time, Remy, a fisherman, all-around giving and great-natured guy, who is sharing the Joola Bandial language with linguist Abbie Hantgan f…