Freetown, its landslides, and the problems of preparedness

  I was in Freetown when the August 14 mudslide happened. The morning of the disaster, I went to breakfast and saw a friend who, unaware of the extent of the human toll, had received a call from a co-worker. The co-worker reported that one of their colleagues' house had collapsed. Children had been killed.... Continue Reading →

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David Bowie and Sonic Parody

For most of my 20s and early 30s, I was an avid --some friends might even say rabid -- karaoke singer. I often sang Bowie songs, even when I knew it was a terrible idea. ("Ziggy Stardust," anyone?) "China Girl" was a staple when I sang weekly at Deon's karaoke gig at the now-defunct Irish Eyes, in... Continue Reading →

Changes

It has been a while. I haven't written here for a year, mostly because I began to write for other outlets about a range of things: from the Ebola crisis; to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and recent pledges to get to zero; and the guinea worm eradication campaign, as it also winds down. I also had... Continue Reading →

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