What Community Can Do

I received a phone call from an old friend, a man more like an elder to me, about two weeks ago. Some readers might remember him from previous blogs. He was the elder who suffered a stroke sometime back and the community rallied together to help him through a very...

Inescapable Inequities in Education

There must be some reason why I continue having these dualistic experiences. Yesterday I had a performance at a school in the city of Los Angeles. The school was one of those progressive educational institutions housed in a corporate high rise with underground...

One Tongue Two Worlds

Last night I had the opportunity to provide translation services for a “Back to School” night. There have been so many budget cuts during this era of austerity that many of the basic necessities required by our educators, to do their jobs, are basically...

My Kora’s First Flight Case

I’ve been performing since early 94, telling stories, playing Kora and singing. I’ve always managed to get around the expense of a flight case. That is until now. I used to have my clients just pay for an additional seat for my Kora and, because I was only...

M?xihco and Me

While most of my friends were partying during our early years and engaged in unmentionable activities (at least that’s what I heard), I had my head buried in books. Sometimes I lost in conversations with old friends because I wasn’t present when they had...