Zanzibar in a Week

So I know that I said I would write and it’s been a while!!

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Stone Town

This a pic of a very old door in Stone Town. My experience of Stone Town is a unexplainable because you have to experience the Town for yourself. People lay all the meat and fish out in the open, there is no ice but it is how they live.

There is no shopping centres just markets that sell all the goods. I bought a few things one because I really want souvenirs but also to support the local community which is really important.

It was a lovely experience and it is one I won’t forget.

Hopefully some more writing soon

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First Day In Zanzibar.

I landed @ the airport in Zanzibar at about 11:50 am and it was hot…… and humid.

I was picked up by Candice, Caitlin and Chris. (Sister, niece and Candices mom in law).

We got back to the place I am going to be staying The La Gemma and everyone was very welcoming.

I saw my brother in law (Andrew) and we all had lunch @ the restaurant.

The rest of the day was spent at the pool and am now about to have dinner.

More tomorrow or as it happens.

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Guilt, privilege, and questions I was afraid to ask.

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Last night fire swept through the streets

Climbed the walls,

The rugs racism has been swept under,

Heavy.  Burning.

I am white,

And I am guilty.

Of not being brave enough

To sit down with a black mother

Look her in the eye

And ask,

“What does it feel like?”

To be afraid for your babies

Your beautiful children, eyes full of love.

I am a coward,

Because I was afraid of the heaviness

Of letting that pain into my space.

My privilege is the freedom

To acknowledge oppression

Yet decide when I want to have the conversation.

Choosing whether to avoid the discomfort.

Choosing at all.

Maybe change begins

When suffering is so vast

It no longer fits inside human bodies.

When the ugly silence of fear

Is so loud, we can no longer deny it.

And when my heart aches as I look at you

Knowing that your truth…

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Another Reason to Read!

“You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.” — John Waters

It’s Critical! Guard Your Relationships!

Fresh Manna - Bible Devotions By Tim Burt

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I don’t know of more harmful weakness overall in the body of Christ than the unwillingness to work through relational conflict. I would’t be surprised if most of us have had a close friend take offense by something we have said or done, (or not done) at some point in life. The majority of all personal daily conflict is born out of miscommunication and misunderstanding. I thought you said…   I thought you meant… That’s not what you said…   Yes it was! conflict_float

Life is very fast paced and the majority of people are not good listeners! If you are congratulations! But, you may want to verify that with your spouse or good friend. I think most women think their husbands are not great listeners but, that could easily go both ways. Any of us, at times, can be like that child who is…

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