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Construction complete—it just took me a while to get out of my garden…

  It has been awhile–two years. I left Sierra Leone in 2014 not knowing at the time that Ebola had just brought her misery to the country. I recall that $1 U.S. dollar bought something close to 4200 Leones–today you … Continue reading

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Trashing the bed…

Of the scores of photos I’ve taken in Africa, there is one that stays with me. It is a photo of the labour and delivery bed in the clinic in Sumbuya, Sierra Leone. The leather itself seems anguished–worn in places–torn … Continue reading

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To my friends in Sierra Leone

In March of this year I was in an airport lounge in Brussels, getting caught up on world news after my most recent trip to Sierra Leone, when I first read that ebola had entered the country through neighbouring Guinea. … Continue reading

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Salone 2014: on returning to Sierra Leone

The novel is out, the reviews are wonderful and I’m moving on to other projects, writing and otherwise. I’ve been meaning to write about the notes I’ve been receiving from readers of My Heart is Not My Own. And I … Continue reading

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2012–a book deal, a new school, and dancing with the Mende

2012 was quite a year. We spent February in one of my favourite places—the island of Kauai. Four weeks of family visits and homemade ahi poke, countless waterfalls and all-day double rainbows. I had started pitching to agents and it … Continue reading

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A few days among the Mende in Sierra Leone

This is a “live” post from Sumbuya, Sierra Leone. I ask your forgiveness for spelling or grammatical errors—I’m in an NGO office, the lights are blinking and, well—this is going to be one draft only. I’m here to tidy up … Continue reading

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A walk unspoiled….

‘We are making palm oil,’  Christian says, ‘would you like to see?’ He leads me through a landscape of palm,
 elephant grass, 
and smoky patches of last week’s slash and burn. Young girls from the village, Beautiful faces, giggles, hands … Continue reading

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New Used Shoes

Today I took Maserai, Lucia and Mamie shopping.  The second hand shoe seller was in town. I got permission from the principal to take the girls out of school and off we went. I could tell it was a Big … Continue reading

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Home to Sumbuya

When we rolled into Sumbuya, Maserai came running. Her hug was warm and we were soon joined by Lucia and Mamie. The girls wear rags and I’m reminded that their best clothes are their school uniforms. Everyone crowds into the … Continue reading

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Through the North

Back. On this trip I’ll first go to Kabala in the north. Kenawa has been hard to contact and I learned that he’s been seriously ill. With regrets, we promise to meet up on my return through Freetown. I arrange … Continue reading

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