Go LIght Your World [video slideshow]

Kudos to my Macbook Air and iMovie. I have been able to relatively easily re-make a video/music slideshow I originally did a few years ago and upload it to YouTube, even from my slow, slow Internet connection. I struggled and never succeeded in doing this on a PC, despite trying for the last 10 years.

So now, for your viewing and listening pleasure, “Go Light Your World”, a video slideshow of photos of friends in Uganda working on community development and  HIV/AIDS. With thanks to Global Partners for Development (Peter Verbiscar-Brown, Reuben Tusingwere, Betty Muzanira, Sue Oaks), TASO Jinja (Loy Mukisa) and Chris Rice for the music.

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Update from Cameroon

Okay friends, I know it has been a long, long time since I updated my blog. I apologise. I was wandering around England and Europe, one might say trying to “find myself.” What I learned was that I am in Africa and so if I want to find myself, I’d better get back there to do it. And so, here I am now in Yaoundé, Cameroon for the foreseeable future. More to come soon, including an entire series of updates chronicling my pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, which I did from late May through June.

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Mating lizards

Been meaning to post this for awhile. One of the more amusing sights of my Camino, and something I was able to see because I was walking barefoot and thereby not making any noise. At first, I could not figure out what this was. What sort of animal is this? Is it somehow deformed? Then in this instant, they began to separate and when they ran off, I realized I had just seen two lizards mating!

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Frog on my door

Not sure why these guys like being inside my house so much, but they are very fond of my front door. Maybe because it gets very, very hot in the mornings since it faces East?

Tracy Longacre

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Civilized Caveman 15,000 fan giveaway

I just signed up for this awesome giveaway. If you’re into the Paleo lifestyle, you should, too!


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A parable about development and “helping”

How the Monkeys Saved the Fish

The rainy season that year had been the strongest ever and the river had broken its banks. There were floods everywhere and the animals were all running up into the hills. The floods came so fast that many drowned except the lucky monkeys who used their proverbial agility to climb up into the treetops. They looked down on the surface of the water where the fish were swimming and gracefully jumping out of the water as if they were the only ones enjoying the devastating flood.

One of the monkeys saw the fish and shouted to his companion: “Look down, my friend, look at those poor creatures. They are going to drown. Do you see how they struggle in the water?” “Yes,” said the other monkey. “What a pity! Probably they were late in escaping to the hills because they seem to have no legs. How can we save them?” “I think we must do something. Let’s go close to the edge of the flood where the water is not deep enough to cover us, and we can help them to get out.”

So the monkeys did just that. They started catching the fish, but not without difficulty. One by one, they brought them out of the water and put them carefully on the dry land. After a short time there was a pile of fish lying on the grass motionless. One of the monkeys said, “Do you see? They were tired, but now they are just sleeping and resting. Had it not been for us, my friend, all these poor people without legs would have drowned.”

The other monkey said: “They were trying to escape from us because they could not understand our good intentions. But when they wake up they will be very grateful because we have brought them salvation.” (Traditional Tanzanian Folktale)

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Big risks of cellphone use

I post this particularly for my friends and colleagues in Africa. If you use a cellphone (and I know you all do), there are some serious potential health risks, not the least of which is brain cancer. Please take a look at this and start to implement safety measures!

From Ben Greenfield’s Fitness podcast:


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