Perspicacity in pain

The following journal entry from Uganda on June 26, 2016, recounts an episode I had of severe gut pain. In retrospect, the experience makes three things clear: 1) after years of high chronic stress, my immune system was weak and my resultant bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) were getting more frequent and more severe, …

Continue reading Perspicacity in pain

African maiden

December 24, 2014, in Uganda: Over the last week, I've dreamed about N at least 4-5 times. N is the Kiroba (Tanzanian) girl I had a major crush on from 1996-1997. I wonder if my dreams are merely the archetypal fantasies of union with the Cosmic Feminine, of which my feelings for N were my …

Continue reading African maiden

Brotherhood

June 28, 2015: While the women went to church, A and I hiked down toward the Kenya escarpment, to that outcropping with a stunning view of the Rift Valley. It was so wonderful just to break free from domestic life for a couple of hours with another guy. On the way, some Ik in their …

Continue reading Brotherhood

Sahara

On December 14, 2014, I defended my doctoral dissertation in Leiden, Netherlands. That morning, before going to face the 'opposition' committee, I wrote out some reflections on the perspective I gained while soaring at 35,000 feet over the Sahara Desert. Flying over the Sahara has long held a very special place in my heart. The …

Continue reading Sahara

Feathered friends

At a time in which human relationships were often so overwhelming, I took solace in communing with other members of the local ecosystem. This journal entry describes one special experience where I got to enjoy some of my favorite feathered friends. *The photos are not my own. August 7, 2011: Two mornings ago, when I …

Continue reading Feathered friends

Bone collectors

When one is inculcated with a biblical worldview, the first few chapters of Genesis provide the bedrock foundation. Genesis 1 describes the beginning of Creation, and then all of cosmic history unfolds between there and the last chapter of Revelation. When the biblical worldview was no longer working for me, I felt the need to …

Continue reading Bone collectors

Earthy Easter II

April 11, 2009: Among the many incongruities of our lives here in Uganda is the one of spending major Christian holy days in wildlife parks. Christianity is a cultural thing in the sense of involving language, customs, rituals, and traditions based in history and literature, something utterly absent in the world of prehistoric hominids. As …

Continue reading Earthy Easter II

Trauma

The first time we went to Karamoja (northeast Uganda), it was like driving onto another planet. That's just how foreign it felt at the time. Luckily we were traveling with another missionary who had lived there for three years already. He introduced us to the strange new environment about as gently as one could. He …

Continue reading Trauma