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on instructions

on a sartorial mission in the Grand Marché of Bamako:

“You want to find lace? Look for the chickens. It’s next to the chickens.”

yes, of course. 25 more words


The things you don't expect

You set out on your travels with images in your head. You’ve read about the place. You’ve seen the documentaries. You’ve held tight to your childhood imaginations. 246 more words

Life's Little Surprises

on optimism

i’ve been catching myself, lately: noticing thoughts or comments that betray frustration, negativity, disappointment, a lack of confidence. i see it, i hear it, and i don’t like it. 337 more words


Mali announces end of its Ebola outbreak

WATCH ABOVE: The fight against Ebola may be fading from the headlines but the people of Sierra Leone are still struggling to contain this deadly virus.   135 more words


on the colors of bazin

bazin, in all its sartorial glory: billowing swaths of starchy, stiff fabric, to make any regular person seem instantly regal (and, in the hot season, suspiciously insulated). 260 more words


Mali's president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita recalls French help against insurgency at Paris rally

Yahoo News: Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said Sunday his participation at a massive rally in Paris against terrorism carried special significance as it came exactly two years after French troops launched an offensive against Islamists in his country. 38 more words

Al Qaeda

on balance

when extremes feel de rigueur, it’s a challenge to stay balanced. i want to walk life’s tightrope with confidence, as if it were a line painted on solid ground, but so often my thoughts – concerns, projections, expectations, memories – pull me in one direction, and then another, until my feet dance to the rhythms of my mind and they barely touch the ground. 131 more words