This is part two of "To my white friends and colleagues." There is lots of regret going around regarding peeling back rampant, systemic racism. Which is good. And bad. It’s good because we are finally waking up to people of color’s horrible realities due to racism. It’s bad if regret … [Read more...] about To my white friends and colleagues part 2
My heart is cracking, my blood is churning and my sense of outrage is in overdrive. Here is a request for my white friends and colleagues to stand up for our friends of colour. We are in the mix and middle of a powerful time in history. Rage from historic racism and injustice has boiled … [Read more...] about To my white friends and colleagues
I’d gone from a balmy +30 degree Celsius at my home in Nairobi, Kenya to -20 in northern Sweden. My feet, covered only in thick socks, were warming beside a roaring fire. Later on I’d go to grab my boots to put them back on and find they were frozen to the thick reindeer pelts I was … [Read more...] about Learning how to learn from a traditional Sami reindeer herder
I was recently visiting dear friends in NYC. I’d originally met them in Nairobi but now they call New York home. We were having a wonderful evening on the rooftop patio of their new apartment in Brooklyn. We’d taken the ferry over from Manhattan to discover their little oasis. The … [Read more...] about How do you say this word? → refuse
Police, secret service agents & FBI are everywhere. And those are only the ones I can see. I wonder how many snipers are stationed out of sight. Roads are blocked with huge cement bomb blast protectors. Traffic is cordoned off & diverted, while the streets are a colourful riot of every skin … [Read more...] about Police, secret service agents & FBI are everywhere.
There’s a time to speak & a time to listen. There’s a time to reflect & a time to act Last week was for reflection. Today’s for action. Based on a traumatic incident I had while in the ICU, in the first of this 3 series post I talked about the power of praxis. Praxis is … [Read more...] about Hang out in your head & reflect, then get up off the couch & take action. Rinse. Repeat.
There’s a time to speak & a time to listen, There’s a time to tell your own story & a time to hear others, There’s a time to take a break because you can & a time to take a break because you have to, There’s a time to reflect & a time to act. Today’s a day to … [Read more...] about There’s a time to tell your own story & a time to hear others
I was okay until I wasn’t. As I was rushed to emergency I stared at the ambulance ceiling, scared & confused. I thought I’d had the flu yet a week in intensive care later, I was treated for kidney & blood infections. My blood had become poisoned. Fast forward. I’ve composed this … [Read more...] about I was okay until I wasn’t. Reflections from the intensive care unit.
We’ve all done it – unwittingly made a big, fat assumption that we only realize much later clouds our thinking & our way forward. See if you can determine what assumptions these parents are making as they try to free their kid, who’s managed to get his head stuck in their fence. … [Read more...] about Does a fish see the water it swims in? Identifying the assumptions you're swimming in