Christmas in a Cup. [You’ve Got a Friend in Me.]

The holiday cups are out at Starbucks, which can only mean one thing: It’s time, kids. Christmas! I’m in love. I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it! Starbucks cups herald the commencement of the Christmas season- and if Starbucks says it’s Christmas, then Christmas it … [Read more...]

Do You Believe In Magic?

One of the unsung blessings of life in a third world country is that things that are regulated in more developed parts of the world just...well, aren't. For instance, given that the FDA is nowhere to be found, we get real sugar in our Senegalese coke. We're under absolutely no … [Read more...]

Ashley Elizabeth and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Birthday.

Unspoken rules that govern interactions in polite society dictate the appropriate responses to commonly asked questions. How are you doing? Fine, and you? How do you like my new haircut? It’s simply lovely. Aren’t these scones divine? Heavenly, dear-simply heavenly. In a world … [Read more...]

The Girl On The Left. [Just One More?]

People slip so easily into an endless sea of faceless humanity. Their names and stories are quickly forgotten as they are reduced to mere statistics-numbers overheard on the five o'clock news and forgotten by dinner time. That girl you see on the left? She’s a statistic. You … [Read more...]

Live From [Dakar], It’s [Friday] Night!

Both the bowl of sunset-orange mango slices sitting next to my laptop and the Friday call to prayer echoing through my apartment would suggest that I am finally back in Senegal. :) In some ways, it feels like I was never really gone. Dakar is just as I left it. The glaring lack … [Read more...]

Besotted. [Jesus Trumps Dryer Sheets.]

There are only six days left until I leave free refills and dryer sheets behind, and hop onto that Dakar-bound flight in DC. I intend to one day write an epic poem about how much I love free refills and dryer sheets. But really, I don’t think any of us can handle that kind of … [Read more...]