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

Journey to manhood.

During this amazing journey, I had the absolute honor to witness a Bukusu circumcision ceremony. It's more of an all-day and all-night affair, a rite of passage for each boy to transform into a Bukusu man. They choose when they are ready, and the…

Home sweet home.

So here's where I lived in Brin, Senegal. I loved our little home and the view from outside the door made me stop and gaze up at it, every single night. Captured, albeit without all its in-person glory, with my trusty Nikon resting on top of the b…

No words needed.

This morning I was startled awake by a phone call at 4:25 a.m. It was Remy, the fisherman in Bandial, Senegal, who welcomed us into his village ... He wanted to say hello. He speaks about four words of English and I speak about 3 of French, so no…

Most favorite selfie, take 2

There are not enough ways to count the awesomeness of this moment and photo. Me, Aime (too tall in the back to see), and the guys in his traditional dance group, after they tore it up at our base on my final day in Brin, Senegal, taking photos for…

Traditional dance: Old, with the new

In many ways, in the small villages in this area of the Casamance, Senegal, traditional culture is changing and part of the changing times. On my final day with the Leverhulme Crossroads language team, Aime (in on left) came over with his tradition…

Into the sacred forest

My Wednesday: ask Joola women of Enampore to observe a ceremony of newlyweds. They took us in, treated us like the women and put us in traditional dress head to toe. Then they sang into the sacred forest, where we shed our shoes and danced for hour…

Nature's Most Simple Wine

Jean Pierre slips the harness around the thick trunk of the palm and ties it tight. It is made out of fronds itself, tightly wound into rope and dried. Leaning back like a lineman working on an electric cable, he grips it and lifts his left bare f…