Monthly Archives: November 2018

On Time

Time is a funny thing. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem like there is enough of it. Other times, there can be too much of it. It can get away from you. It can heal you. As an American, I’ve spent a … Continue reading

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Late Night Bonding, Early Morning Reflecting

The waitress brings out a tray held leisurely at her side to the table I’m sitting at out in the sunshine on the porch of the cafe. She’s probably about 50 years old and has her hair pulled into a ponytail … Continue reading

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Athens to Leros, Ferrying Forward

Journal entry from Friday, 16 November, 2018: I’ve just wrapped up four days in Athens after flying in from Cabo Verde on Monday. The time passed so quickly, but I found myself completely engrossed in the city and the people … Continue reading

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Sad Stories and a Cappuccino

“That would be a good name for a poem,” he says to me as we say goodbye. God, let there be a “next time!” This guy, one of the refugees I know, he’s a poet. He’s reached out to me … Continue reading

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“Volunteering, Why Do You Do This?”

This evening, I found myself sitting around a small coffee table in a one room AirBNB with three other men. Eight months ago, they all lived in the Leros Hotspot, a refugee camp on an island near Turkey. I volunteered … Continue reading

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But When Are We Going to Help People?

Over a year ago, when my time in Antarctica had concluded, I landed in New Zealand and went for a long walk. New Zealand as positioned above Antarctica. After meandering down from the city of Christchurch on the southern island … Continue reading

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Caught Between Africa and Europe

If I were a fish, I’d be so upset with myself for getting caught in this net that I would have wiggled and shaken and fought like hell to break myself free only to find myself more entangled, left with … Continue reading

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