The Joy of Sadness

Joy of Sorrow

A friend just died and so of course I’m very sad. A little girl cries over her scoop of pistachio ice cream melting on the sidewalk. How sad is that empty cone? And look at those tears. She hasn’t learned that gravity works against us till our dying day. A gull with straw in its […]

Deep Travel: Have you ever gone too far?

Deep Travel

From Africa I flew to India. I would return home through Asia, circumnavigate the globe, prove the world was round, see it with my own two eyes. Bombay. Wow! The smells. The crush of humanity! A beggar with no arms or legs. My god, he had no face, either. His begging bowl—if you can picture […]

The Best Way to Meet Angels

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It’s a mega-watt moon shining down on western Tanzania. That ragged ribbon of moonlight you see is a rough-and-tumble highway known in south-central Africa as the Hell Run. From Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean, this 1500-mile lifeline serves the heart of the continent. A 5-ton truck speeds westward with its load of car […]

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