December 12, 2013
Gorgeous. Had me at hello.

Gorgeous. Had me at hello.

December 9, 2013

My view these days.

December 8, 2013

Five thousand years old.

July 28, 2012
a confession

I can’t lie, I am sitting in an air-conditioned coffee shop in an expat community center trying to escape the heat and connect to some fast free wifi (almost unheard of here)… and I am getting homesick because they are blasting Katy Perry’s teenage dreams, Carley Rae’s call me maybe, and Gotye’s somebody I used to know.  

June 15, 2012
"Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner. But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here."

— Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on President Obama’s executive order which would stop the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants and allow them to obtain work permits. (cont)

(via theatlantic)

June 2, 2012
"Christians are constrained by the imperatives of this gospel, the good news of a God who had a bias for sinners contrary to the normal standards of the world. This God in Jesus Christ scandalized the prim and proper ones, the orthodox religious leaders, because he companied not with the respectable, not with the elite of the society, but with the scum and the dregs, those occupying the fringes of society - the prostitutes, the sinners, the ostracized ones."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the theological underpinnings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in No Future Without Forgiveness

June 1, 2012
"…we were operating on the premise that people could change, could recognize and acknowledge the error of their ways and so experience contrition or, as the very least, remorse and would at some point be constrained to confess their dastardly conduct and ask for forgiveness. If, however, they were dismissed as being monsters they could not be definition engage in a process that was so deeply personal as that of forgiveness and reconciliation."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the theological underpinnings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in No Future Without Forgiveness, p. 83-84.

May 31, 2012
"Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human. When we want to give high praise to someone we say, “Yu, u nobuntu;” “Hey, so-and-so has ubuntu.” Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, “My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.” We belong in a bundle of life. We say, “A person is a person through other persons.” It is not, “I think therefore I am.” It says rather: “I am a human because I belong. I participate, I share.” A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are."

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on ubuntu, or botho, in No Future Without Forgiveness

May 30, 2012
"Our nation sought to rehabilitate and affirm the dignity and personhood of those who for so long had been silenced, had been turned into anonymous, marginalized ones. Now they would be able to tell their stories, they would remember, and in remembering would be acknowledged to be persons with an inalienable personhood."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness

May 29, 2012
"And that suffering on behalf of others gave him an authority and credibility that can be provided by nothing else in quite the same way. The true leader must at some point or other convince his or her followers that she or he is in this whole business not for self-aggrandizement but for the sake of others. Nothing is able to prove this quite so convincingly as suffering."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on Nelson Mandela’s suffering and leadership, No Future Without Forgiveness