Thursday, April 17, 2014
Legal discrimination. One of the younger texts I’ve handled while contributing to the LAC’s statutes project, which will produce the first publicly available representation of Namibian law in its entirety.

Legal discrimination. One of the younger texts I’ve handled while contributing to the LAC’s statutes project, which will produce the first publicly available representation of Namibian law in its entirety.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
"Walk now" (at Wernhill Park)

"Walk now" (at Wernhill Park)

Monday, March 17, 2014

I walk every day to and from work, which takes about an hour.  A few pics from ground-level with a cameo by my roommate, Justus (soft ‘J’).

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Other than home and work, I spend more time in the grocery store (Typically Shoprite and Pick n Pay, though there is a great organic foods section in Woolworths, which is primarily a clothing store.) than anywhere else.  These would be great places to people watch, if you could feel comfortable stopping at any spot in the store for more than a minute or two; a moment of indecisiveness and I am in the way.

However, the most puzzling grocery practice is the food dump while waiting in line for the register.  Namibians often push their carts and baskets off to the side at this point, too, but more significant is that customers seem to fully examine their chosen items and total cost for the first time in line.  Food deemed over budget or unneeded is discarded into the abandoned carts — and any other possible spots — and forgotten.

Friday, March 14, 2014

From the Gender Research & Advocacy Project (GRAP) office at the Legal Assistance Centre: a great view of most of Windhoek, Namibia.

I love the relaxed environment.  Often people who travel will refer to less developed countries as operating on their own time frame, which is some indeterminate time after the scheduled hour; this has held particularly true during my trips to Southern Africa.  The pace, the people, and the weather are welcome changes.  I like Dianne Hubbard, who is the head of the GRAP, for her ambition and passion, and I enjoy the tasks given to me thus far.  

I have been assigned research to update information on whether Namibia has changed its status regarding international treaties, but also comparative law research on corporal punishment, voter registration requirements for local elections, and bail.  The bail issue relates to the Namibian government’s attempt to make bail more difficult to obtain for those accused of gender-based violence as a way of discouraging more brutal beatings of women and girls.  Unfortunately, when the argument is over less than 2.50 U$Dharsher sentencing, reduced opportunities at bail, etc. are unlikely to solve the problem…

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Camden Market, January 2014.  I have been to London for three short stints — and seen something new every time.  This trip? Borough and Camden Markets, the London School of Economics, a Steve McQueen-themed restaurant, and SoHo.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kolkata, June 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

David Foster Wallace. Beautiful.

Friday, August 10, 2012
A week before I first moved in at KU, I ended my road trip in Chicago. Four years later, it’s one example of how wonderful memories are. Little did I know that life would play out much as I hoped and planned at a macro level, yet how incredible it would be in all the ways and intricate moments that had to be lived — the thrills and the pains both. So much has changed, so much has stayed the same.

A week before I first moved in at KU, I ended my road trip in Chicago. Four years later, it’s one example of how wonderful memories are. Little did I know that life would play out much as I hoped and planned at a macro level, yet how incredible it would be in all the ways and intricate moments that had to be lived — the thrills and the pains both. So much has changed, so much has stayed the same.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Madison, WI

Madison, WI

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
James Taylor at Red Rocks Amphitheater. August 6, 2008.

James Taylor at Red Rocks Amphitheater. August 6, 2008.

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action —
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Rabindranath TagoreNobel Laureate