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 with…

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 go…

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 in…

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 fro…

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 bac…

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 not r…