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New Zealand

Last week I had the unique opportunity to spend a week in New Zealand as an invited guest. In January, the country's captial city, Wellington, put a call out to the tech community saying they had a shortage of tech workers and wanted to recruit from the worlds best. They were opening a call for anyone to apply and the top 100 applicants would be given a free trip ...

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My mother

I haven't felt like I could put anything new here until I say something about my mother.  My mother died on March 5th, unexpectedly and not... like most things about my mother, its complicated.  Our relationship was complicated too, especially in these last years.  She was a huge part of my mental and emotional life and my identity for so many years and now I'm trying to make ...

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Going Home

Its my last morning in Mbour.  There are so many things I haven't done.  I'm traveling a lot differently than I used to.  Once upon a time, even on a work trip, I would spend a good deal of time in a new place wandering alone, seeing the sites, trying to understand what the people are like.  This was a very limited and limiting process... the problem was ...

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A Call to Reflect and Connect

As my last week in Senegal commences, I find that I'm exhibiting outward signs of homesickness that I'm not necessarily conscious of -- I'm petting the cats a lot more, for one.  There are cats everywhere in Senegal.  Everywhere we have traveled, there have been cats around.  I have two cats at home so I'm naturally drawn to them, but if you're not a cat person ...

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Goree Island

This last weekend Nate and I went to Goree Island.  Goree Island was the western most embarkation point for slaves being transported to the Americas.  According to Wikipedia:


Gorée is a small island 900 metres (3,000 ft) in length and 350 metres (1,150 ft) in width sheltered by the Cap-Vert Peninsula. Now part of the city of Dakar, it was a minor port and site of European settlement ...

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