The Measure: May 21, 2016
Because we live our lives in the here and now, everything no matter how strange, everything seems like it is just so absolute, simple, plain, normal. But what is normal though, or plain, or simple?
Getting to Africa is not easy. Which I guess matches how getting from Africa to U.S. was not easy either.
Get this, do that, buy this, take that, go here do this, change that. Too much is required just to get back. Final destination Douala, Cameroun.
The Measure: June 8, 2016
I have seen Cameroun Afrika and my gracious, she is BEAUTIFUL.
Culture. Heritage. Traditions. Jengu.
The Cinnamon Traveler Journeys Project.
Third day home.
Attended local NPU meeting, but had to leave the scene early.
Jet lag is a beast.
Ivory tower wars are vicious.
Factor into all equations that every 2 in x number of people are liars.
Water seeks its own level.
The journey was incredible.
The Measure: June 21, 2016
By the way, I found my calendar.
It was inside my laundered canvas travel bag, which was hanging on the back of my dining room chair. Don’t ask.
The week that I left for the Cameroun, this is the We’Moon calendar affirmation poem.
The poem perfectly captures the energy of wanderlust and the life of the committed traveler.
We arrived on the continent on May 25, 2016 African Liberation Day.
The poem matches my journey.
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Nothing is a coincidence.
“How Miraculous that I Have Fire in My Pocket”
Forget the computer I turned off as I left the library,
the cellphone I can set to buzz instead of ring,
the motion sensor light-switch that came on automatically
in the bathroom, the copier that reproduced my pages. Forget
Blackberries, iPods, YouTube, water-filters, flash-drives,
the Subaru ready to run like forty horses. Forget
DVDs, CDs, mp3s, tiny packages of instant green tea.
Consider I can flick the flint on the ridged steel wheel.
Consider the flame that rises with the butane.
Hunker amidst sticks & dry pine needles; consider
instantaneous blaze, combustion like a tiny sun,
friction, heat, patience, food, endurance, shelter. Consider
dark matter that comprises more than we could ever light
with all our soft skulled organs set to skillful brilliance.
Every day we set our small miracles against the world.
Every time we hold our breath and intentionally pause.
Every element, monitor, pump, bite, bit; every
shoelace, buttonhole, zipper, hood, loom; every
satellite, remix, website, basket, firelight; every
moment we wake up and crawl out of our caves to gather
so much more than it is possible to ever carry home.
@Mara Eve 2008
Incredibly blessed and still amazed.
All love and soul power.
The Journeys Project 2016 – 2017 Schedule.
Details available via email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 404.915.6701.
- August 2016 – CUBA Live! Photo Journalism Field Study Afro Cuban Culture and Traditions Project
- December 2016 – Doula Cameroun, Ngondo Festival Jengu Journeys Project
- December 2016 – CUBA Live! 32nd International Festival Jazz Plaza
- February 2017 – CUBA Live! 26th International Book Fair, Feria del Libro de La Habana
- June 2017 – Bimbia, Douala, Kribi, Jengu Journeys Project