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The Meaning of Christmas

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Christmas has many meanings

People forget that not everyone has a place to live or experiences Christmas in a positive way. The following video, posted today by the Chicago Sun-Times, says much about what Christmas really means to me.

Take a look at it and the article which accompanies the video, and think about your own life.

Christmas is about much more than going to the local mall and buying more and more things.

http://www.people.com/article/homeless-man-one-hundred-dollars?xid=rss-topheadlines&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+people%2Fheadlines+%28PEOPLE.com%3A+Top+Headlines%29

Sweetie Sweetie

And the second article and video comes from Liberia, which, as you know, is experiencing a tremendous number of orphan children as both of their parents die.

I am very much involved in West Africa, especially The Gambia, and I hope so much that this small girl, as well as many other children, finds a new home. It's truly heartbreaking.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/world/africa/an-ebola-orphans-plea-in-africa-do-you-want-me.html?_r=0

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My first hearing of the King’s College Choir

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My first hearing of the King's College Choir

When I was a student at the University of Kansas, I was tuning in one Christmas Eve to KCUR in Kansas City. This was in my freshman year, and I was staying at a friend's house in Lawrence over the holidays (since Pearson Scholarship Hall was closed during the winter break and my family was in Hutchinson - and unlike most of today's students, back then most people at scholarship halls didn't have cars and some, like myself, didn't even have enough money to go back home for the holidays.)

I didn't really know what to do with myself, so I tuned from station to station, and suddenly I heard choral music that I had never heard before - the King's College Choir, coming directly from the BBC in London.

During that broadcast, I found for the first time a liking for Choral Music, and in particular, from then on my outlook on the history and culture of other countries throughout the world changed completely.

Today, another Christmas Eve many years later

Today was again Christmas Eve, and the service by the King's College choir began. As I stayed in Golden Gate Park in my car (the rain was heavy), I was surrounded by trees and silence. Later, raccoons made their appearance. But no one else was in this section of the park leading to trails, which I often go to.

I listened to the King's College Choir in silence.

When I came back home later in the day, I decided to include several of their songs here, along with the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir and the Vienna Boys Choir. Perhaps other young people will have the chance also to hear this music and become equally enchanted. It was for me my opening to a world far beyond the United States borders - and perhaps it will be that for you too.

And maybe it will take away some of the commercialism which seems to embody so much of the Christmas and Thanksgiving spirit today.

The King's College Choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=deJDkU6qiGE

The St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X5Akz6J8Rw0

The Vienna Boys Choir

Another of the first choral songs I first heard that year was from the Vienna Boys Choir, "Ave Maria."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8TyGo9FecLA

The Messiah

I was fortunate enough also to recently see and hear "The Messiah, which was performed as part of Michael Tilson Thomas' 70th birthday (he is the conductor of the San Francisco symphony). I first heard this performance live. I then heard it again shortly afterwards on the car radio (the same performance) while being parked near the ocean. It's amazing- new aspects come forth every time I hear it, especially when surrounded by nature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=AZTZRtRFkvk

Last of all, here are some carols for this year's season. Enjoy them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7HItFqKBAQE

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Round 2 of the United Disk Golf Championship streaming live this weekend

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Round 2 of the United States Disk Golf Championship also streams live

Not only is the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival streaming llve from San Francisco all weekend, so that you can see some of the top bands live - but there is also the Disk Golf Championship streaming live at the same time. Lawrence has three disk golf courses, so there should be interest in this championship once people know about it.

I'm wondering if the new Sports Paviion Lawrence, which opens tomorrow, has a free disk golf course - and if not, why not. This is a sport which can be enjoyed by the whole family or friends, and there should be no ticket fees.

If there isn't one, it's time to build one!

Moving on to video links and streaming sessions for the Disk Golf Championship.

Here is the link to Round 2 of the United Disk Golf Championship, which streams live all this weekend:

http://www.pdga.com/

Here is a little background on disk golf:

http://www.pdga.com/introduction

Here is a list of the current disk golf courses in Kansas.

http://www.pdga.com/course-directory/advanced?title=&field_course_location_country=US&field_course_location_locality=Lawrence&field_course_location_administrative_area=KS&field_course_location_postal_code=&rating_value=All&field_course_holes_value=All&field_course_target_type_value=All&field_course_tee_type_value=All&field_course_camping_value=All&field_course_facilities_value=All&field_course_fees_value=All&field_course_handicap_value=All&field_course_private_value=All&field_course_signage_value=All

Share your experience with comments to this blog. Why should or shouldn't there be a disk golf course at the Sports Pavilion Lawrence?

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It’s streamed live today (Friday) through Sunday, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

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Completely free-Streamed live today through Sunday from Golden Gate Park

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is being streamed live today through Sunday, from Golden Gate Park. There are four stages being streamed, seven stages in all. This is the fourteenth year of the festival.

Please click on the link below:

http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2014/webcast/fri-banjo.html

You can go between stages by moving up to the left hand portion of the stage, where it has every stage you can go to.

The players, some of which are very well known, play more than bluegrass - there are other types of music as well.

Enjoy the music streamed live from Golden Gate Park this weekend!

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas, including the future of newspapers, streamed live from Sydney, Australia

Festival of Dangerous Ideas from Sydney, Australia

The festival is streamed live from Sydney. You may click on the current streaming, which is indicated with an "arrow".

One of the current panelists is Alan Rusbridger, the Managing Editor of the Australian Guardian. He also has a separate talk, which is produced as a video above the panelist session.

For anyone who is interested in newspapers, and the digital age, this is a very worthwhile experience!

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/live/2014/aug/30/festival-of-dangerous-ideas-2014-live-blog

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Day 3 of the African Summit

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Day 3. A review of the results of the African summit will come in a few days

Ebrahima Mbowe from The Gambia and I will give a brief review of what we have heard and thought about from the days of the African summit. First, several articles.

What is the purpose of this summit?

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/08/obama-africa-summit-why-now-20148673738438845.html

The "Alternative" Summit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/alternative-african-summit-challenges-the-official-one/2014/08/04/bac14f52-1bfe-11e4-ae54-0cfe1f974f8a_story.html

Here is the schedule for the Alternative Summit.

http://usafricanetwork.org/empowered-africa-agenda/

African journalists were deeply disappointed, from the Washington Post.

http://www.enca.com/african-journos-disappointed-us-africa-summit

Guest remarks by Sipho Moyo and James Eberhard (courtesy of All Africa network).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201408060137.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

President Obama felt the Summit was a success

Here is his address at the U.S. - Africa Business Forum.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201408060058.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

How he viewed the Summit is included in the following article.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0806/Obama-heralds-Africa-s-growth-closes-summit

But for the Christian Science Monitor, the real future leaders are the youth of Africa.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2014/0804/The-real-leaders-at-the-Obama-African-summit

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Day 2 of the African Summit at the Whitehouse

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President Obama greets young Africans to the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Day 2 of the Africa Summit

President Obama gives a toast:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2014/08/05/full-transcript-president-obama-toasts-the-african-dignitaries-and-guests/

Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune) gives his view on the Africa Summit:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-africa-summit-free-speech-economic-development--20140806-column.html

Here is an article which just appeared on the internet from the Washington Post. Since electrification is a big issue in many African countries, this initiative could be very important. Without electricity, factories can not be built and home life is much different.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-announce-expansion-of-electrification-in-africa/2014/08/05/5b241554-1cab-11e4-82f9-2cd6fa8da5c4_story.html

"Usually, leaders with such dismal records on democracy and human rights aren't welcomed at White House galas." - Doyle McManus

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-column-africa-summit-human-rights-20140806-column.html

African Leaders talk with investors from America

The New York Times today has the following article, without much real information included:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/africa/african-leaders-sit-down-with-american-investors.html

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find individual articles which feature each leader in a separate piece. To me, this seems to be a serious drawback with the American press. Most articles state pretty much the same thing, over and over again.

In my point of view, each of these leaders comes from a very different country. We should be hearing about each country in a separate, detailed article.

But instead, we hear almost nothing about the details of each African country. Americans, in particular, come away with nothing new learned about what could have been a tremendous opportunity for growth

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Day 1 (Monday) of the African Summit

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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

Leaders of African states, and protestors, show up for the African summit

There is not too much detail available from today's first meeting of the African summit.

I have instead cited several articles which give an overall picture of what has happened today.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/world/africa/meeting-in-washington-of-african-leaders-opens-to-protests.html?ref=us

Here is the BBC's approach to the first day of the summit.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28644487

And here is one aspect of the French point of view.

http://www.france24.com/en/20140805-usa-africa-summit-business-trade-ebola/

I would like to have each African leader speak separately and discuss the issues most important to him, but so far that has not happened.

http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1971725.html

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The day before the African summit

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A member of the Army's 3rd infantry regiment holds the Cameroon flag ready as he prepares for the visit of the Cameroon president

Most leaders from Africa come to the summit in Washington, D.C.

The following announcement, with detailed information, is from the White House today.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/01/record-conference-call-us-africa-leaders-summit

This stunning article, by Joe Adama of the Kenyan Star (Nairobi), has a lot to say about the summit.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201408040191.html

Here is an excellent report from Bloomburg Business Week.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-08-03/booming-african-lion-economies-gear-up-to-emulate-asians

NPR often has great reporting on African events. It is essential to change the attitude about what can be done in Africa. I wonder - how many Americans actually have African friends?

Or are they just repeating the same old stories over and over again.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/03/337601447/africas-leaders-aim-to-change-perception-of-the-continent

Roots, an outstanding newspaper connected with the Washington Post, has an excellent review of some of the issues which are involved, including protests by activists.

http://www.theroot.com/articles/politics/2014/08/obama_s_us_africa_leaders_summit_aims_to_strengthen_ties.html?wpisrc=topstories

The Independent, in Great Britain, has a great article - which pertains to Americans as well - and many pictures of Liberia which you should see.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/when-will-our-politicians-realise-that-africa-has-changed-aid-is-dead-trade-is-the-future-9645205.html

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The African Summit begins!

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African summit includes almost all the leaders of Africa

The first session opens in Washington, D.C., on Monday ( tomorrow). I want to wish each of the participants all the best of luck in sharing this information with others in each of their countries, and I especially hope that many people will have new ideas and possibilities for the coming year in Africa.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

I will also be looking for any live-streaming of specific events, and will post them on my blog site.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/african-leaders-to-convene-in-dc-for-summit-focused-on-economic-potential/2014/08/01/b64ed4d8-1813-11e4-85b6-c1451e622637_story.html

More songs may also be coming from Africa during the coming week.

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Live- Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower - from Slooh Observatory

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Slooh image by Lawrence Morgan

Live from Prescott Observatory in Arizona

Here is the delta aquarids meteor shower!

http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/delta-aquarids-meteor-shower

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Mandela Day - July 18, 2014

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Today is Mandela's birthday.

It's hard to believe that so much time has gone by from the day when Africa's great leader died.

Every year, I have celebrated this day with articles and pictures.

I post today an article from New Vision, Uganda's leading daily newspaper.

http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/657733-world-celebrates-mandela-day-since-icon-s-death.html

It is time to do something for others who have less than what you have, or who might need your services - whether it be for caretaking, or going out with others to get groceries, or cleaning house, for example. Something useful and important that will make a difference to another person or family.

Don't let Mandela Day go by this year without doing something special for others!

Give the new library a name that will be remembered for many years

And you'll notice - last year I mentioned that the new library might be called The Nelson Mandela Lawrence Library. But there has been no action taken so that this might become a reality. Isn't it time to change things, give a namesake to this new library which will last for many years?

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Good bye to Brazil … they did a great job hosting the World Cup! - and - it’s time Americans learned more about the rest of the world

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Brazil takes on a new role in the South American hemisphere

Unfortunately, most Americans know very little about the real Brazil - how much of the country, for example, was built with slave labor. They also know very little about Brazil as it exists today.

There should be a company - and I'll work with them - that could create a portfolio for different countries every month of the year, using natives of those countries to prepare the materials. Students and Adults could familiarize themselves with a different country each month. There could be a whole year developed around the countries which took part in this year's World Cup... from Brazil, Argentina, Germany... to Cameroon and the Netherlands, to begin with.

Students and adults of all ages could not only take part in the cultures, past history, music, arts, language, Brazil's contribution to the world - but they could also develop pen pals (via the internet when possible) with people in those countries. The end result would be a much greater knowledge of the whole world by Americans, as time went on. And I think it would help in revolutionizing education in this country.

Brazilians did a wonderful job hosting the World Cup this year

But... Brazilians did do a fabulous job hosting this event. As the New York Times put it,

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/sports/worldcup/world-cup-2014-brazil-was-a-good-host-but-poor-competitor.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSumSmallMediaHigh&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

The whole world should be thankful to the people of Brazil for this World Cup.

Now if only Americans understood more of what Brazil really is about.

Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Tropicalia 2

Here is a video which I think you really will enjoy about the positive side of Brazil. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are featured in the video.

Tropicalia 2, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUfNnF0bCOI

In an earlier time period of Brazil's history, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil formed the band Topicalia 2 - but there's a whole history here which I won't go into in this blog. But if you are interested, make a much deeper exploration and you will definitely be rewarded.

Here is a little more on this aspect of Brazilian popular music.

Força estranha:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds9SF_7vmAs

And I'm sure you will also enjoy the following video, which features Caetano Valosa going back to his home town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2E-zzTL304

Popular music is only one of the many areas which can be explored as part of a broader knowledge of Brazil and its history.

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Here are some pictures of modern day Brazil.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28234173

Both the BBC and the New York Times put together their articles which showed every aspect of the World Cup this year.

The best of the World Cup A-Z from the BBC

The BBC has put together, in A-Z form, the best of the World Cup.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28224110

as has the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/sports/worldcup/best-of-world-cup.html

and the following is an article about yellow cards, such as those which are used in soccer. I never knew where they originated until this article appeared.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-invented-yellow-card-180951915/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20140713-Weekender&spMailingID=21108445&spUserID=NzQwNDU2NDEwMDgS1&spJobID=360632042&spReportId=MzYwNjMyMDQyS0

Futsal, Brazil and Lawrence

Brazil's wonderful game, futsal, is also inluded.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/27980859

and also

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/21533802

Shouldn't futsal now have a following in Lawrence?

Is there room for futsal at the new Lawrence Sports Pavilion?

And get started by watching Central Station, the movie

Please don't forget the wonderful Braziiian movie, Central Station. It's on the Internet with English subtitles.

And next, it's time for Russia

http://sports.ndtv.com/fifa-world-cup-2014/news/226896-russian-president-vladimir-putin-inherits-world-cup-baton-promises-unforgettable-2018

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No inexpensive online education at KU

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Starbucks helps their employees with an education

The following article in today's New York Times (June 15th, 2014) suggests that Starbucks has a great idea for helping to get an education:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/us/starbucks-to-provide-free-college-education-to-thousands-of-workers.html?hp&_r=0

But guess where it's taking place - Arizona State University. Even though I (and I'm certain others, also) have talked and done blogs about online education in Lawrence, Kansas University has chosen another route, a far more expensive one, and has signed contracts, as well (which, when the article was written, weren't available to the general public) to the best of my knowledge.

No, this will not be available at KU - as I've said before, it's all about money at this university.

They don't care at all about people who have to go to work at Starbucks or other companies, who try to arrange time for their families, who have to pay for gas for driving to and from work - or who have new, dynamic ideas about ways to provide education, unless KU can get big money from it.

And I'll tell you - the KU way is NOT the way for the future in education!

Look at Joe Nocera's article in the New York Times (June 16, 2014).

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/opinion/joe-nocera-starbucks-and-arizona-state-add-an-education-to-benefit-package.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

As mentioned in the above article, Michael Crow is President of the State University of Arizona. Listen to what he has to say in the following video from the World Bank. I wonder whether the Chancellor at the University of Kansas has read or even considered these ideas. They are not being put into action, as far as I can tell, at KU.

http://live.worldbank.org/universities-as-partners-in-development

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Africa Rising - Conference and Videos

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Government of Mozambique and IMF

An unusual conference, Africa Rising, is taking place this week in Maputo, Mozambique (May 29-30).

The goal is to share the benefits and to sustain current growth among African countries. Many sessions are being streamed live, and there are a number of videos which may be accessed on line.

Please look carefully and leave any comments below.

www.africa-rising.org

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African Dirge for Maya Angelou by Bayo Omolola

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Bayo Omolola

Bayo Omolola is a good friend of mine, and he has been a guest poet in this column before. He is Adjunct Faculty for the Department of English, Humanities and Visual Performing Arts

Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, Maryland.

For the passing of Maya Angelou, he has written the following African dirge. Please appreciate his reflections on the presence of Maya Angelou.

African Dirge for Maya Angelou

By Bayo Omolola

Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, Humanities, and Visual and Performing Arts

Baltimore City Community College

Big loss!

Indigo bird dies!

No more shall we see can-wood!

But its color, ever shall it remain and be appreciated.

Powerful voice that raises other voices up

And makes hopeless hopeful,

In the house or wherever you're now,

The world still cares to listen to you.

"Caged bird,"

may the world hear you talk again?

Memory of thee lingers on;

Like Hollywood owns American movies,

You own the voices of the oppressed

And the righteous thinkers.

On a day of joy,

The break from the past,

As a new dawn opened in the chapters of American history

And the world,

Your poem gave rhythm of freedom

And millions of people saw the light

that beamed on the past.

From the White House to South Africa,

From your pens

And through your voice,

The world knows better

Simple in language,

Deep in thoughts,

You're Maya.

When the wind blows

and your spirit flows

On a new journey

Now you're.

Griots feel the vacant space;

Chanters know the effect of the current moment.

The world knows you're no more.

Rising to the moon

As your moon

Descends to night.

Great minds lives

As body becomes motionless.

Among the chosen ones

Lies the great fighters for justice.

Adieu, Maya Angelou,

Strong fighter for justice and human dignity,

One American:

Many Americans.

One poet:

Many voices!

Adieu!

Peace may you rest forever!

Nelson Mandela

Maya Angelou's poem for Nelson Mandela.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PqQzjit7b1w

Additional articles which are bound to be of interest:

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/05/maya_angelou_quotes_unforgettable_advice.html

http://www.theroot.com/articles/history/2014/05/maya_angelou_dead_at_the_age_of_86.html?wpisrc=topstories

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Graduates - Take your time, see what you really enjoy doing in life, and how you can make a difference (1)

Make a difference

Stand back, take a look at your life, see what you can do to make a difference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=IGMW6YWjMxw

Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmentalist who made a great difference in other peoples' lives, and she speaks about the tiny humming bird in the above video. She was the first person to plant more than 30 million trees in Africa. She gave talks throughout the world, and she founded the Green Belt Movement.

When she first came to the United States, she received a scholarship and she began her undergraduate studies, in biology, at Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas.

So there is a strong connection between Kansas and Africa. Take on a project -- large or small -- and carry it out for several years. You can help to make that difference somewhere in the world.

The following article in Wikipedia gives more information on Wangari Maathai.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/world/africa/wangari-maathai-nobel-peace-prize-laureate-dies-at-71.html

Pictures from any Graduation in Kansas and the surrounding states

Mike Yoder did a wonderful job taking photographs at the KU commencement, but there was no opportunity for participants to show their photographs. I think the people who come to the graduation are just as important as a Journal-world photographer, though he is outstanding at his work. Please post pictures of your graduation at any college throughout Kansas in the comments section below.

Also, please do not hesitate to share your comments on what you will do after graduation.

Commencement Speeches

I would also like to have commencement speeches from around Kansas and Missouri - so that people can get an idea at what other people listened to during their commencement.

African proverbs

African proverbs are particularly important when it comes to graduation day. Many African societies have proverbs and stories which contain wisdom which will be relevant throughout a person's life. For example, there is the story of the hummingbird which Wangari Maathai tells at the beginnnig of this article.

Please look at the following videos for several directions people have taken with their lives. What are your goals? What would you like to do, either by yourself or with friends?

The first video comes from Mozambique.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3192

The second video comes from Namibia.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3770

Enjoy yourself now, but take your future seriously. There will be more parts to this graduation blog all during May.

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The University of The Gambia and Gambia College graduation

Convocation ceremonies for the University of The Gambia and Gambia College (The Gambia, West Africa)

For this interview from The Gambia, Mr. Ebrahima Mbowe, with whom I have long worked, is present via Google Hangout. Mr. Mbowe is National Volunteer Coordinator and Head of VolNet Secretariat, in The Gambia. He is on the right in the photograph. On the left is a National Coordinator and a colleague from the same mosque, Ustas Abdoulie Njie.

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Lawrence Morgan: Ebrahima, give us information on what is in the picture below.

Ebrahima Mbowe: This is one of the photos of the convocation ceremony of the combined University of The Gambia (UTG) and Gambia College, for the classes of 2012-2013. The UTG graduated over 170 Bachelors and Masters Degree students, and Gambia College graduated over 3,500 Primary Teacher's Certificate (PTC) and Higher Teacher's Certificate (HTC) holders.

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Lawrence Morgan: When was the ceremony held? In the capital city, Banjul?

Ebrahima Mbowe: The ceremony was held at the July 22nd Square in Banjul, the Capital City of The Gambia, on Friday 13th March, commencing at 15:30 when people started coming. The proceedings proper started at 19:00 hours. The Camera was located at the VIP Enclosed pavillion directly facing the diaz of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Members of the University Senate and invited professors from abroad.

Lawrence Morgan: Where is the diaz?

Ebrahima Mbowe: The diaz is the one with the white canopy detached from the others. The double-diaz on the right is that of the combined faculty of UTG and Gambia College, and the double one on the left from Ministers, National Assembly members, and the Diplomatic Corp.

Lawrence Morgan: What are the various groups represented?

Ebrahima Mbowe: The group sitting with black gowns and white chache opposite the Chancellor's diaz are the graduates from Gambia College. Opposite the Faculty diaz are seated the Bachelor's degree and Master's Degree holders. Behind these are parents and other invited guests by the graduates. Between the Faculty diaz and the invited guests is seated the Gambia Police Band, which supplied the music for the event. Their view is blocked by the arch of the Gambian Flag colors.

Lawrence Morgan: What are some of the buildings in the distance?

Ebrahima Mbowe: In the background of the photo, there are some buildings. The building right behind the Chancellor's diaz is the Headquarters of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) in Banjul, and there are some commercial shops in the building, as well. Behind the Minister's diaz is the Ministry of Education building in Banjul. I had the pleasure of attending this school as a child and the first window at the bottom was a classroom. I used to sit by it overlooking outside.

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Ebrahima Mbowe image by Lawrence Morgan

Lawrence Morgan: What are some of the other buildings in this picture?

Ebrahima Mbowe: Here there are additional buildings in the background. From St. Mary's School going to the right, there is a private yellow building. This is a small supermarket and near to it there is a shoe retailing shop. The next white five story building is owned by the late Dr. Lenrie Peters, a medical doctor and writer. He named the building "Lenrie House."

Next, after Lenrie House in the fading white background is the GAMTEL National Headquarters in Banjul. Inside the Square is a metalic cone-like structure. This is normally lit from bottom to top with beautiful lights. This is lit on festive occasions.

The buildings that follow on the extreme right are privately owned and the bottom floors are used for commercial purposes.

Lawrence Morgan: Would you describe for our readers in America where The Gambia is in Africa. Some of our American readers may not know.

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Gambia image by Lawrence Morgan

Ebrahima Mbowe: The Gambia is located in Western Africa, surrounded on three sides by Senegal and the fourth side by the ocean. The country goes alongside the river for about 180 miles inland, and it is composed of about 15 miles on each side of the Gambian river.

Lawrence Morgan: Should we finish with the views of The Gambia's president?

Ebrahima Mbowe: Yes, his words for this ceremony are shown above on the front page of The Observer in The Gambia. He vows to make UTG (University of The Gambia) the best!

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Ebrahima Mbowe image by Lawrence Morgan

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Hula Dancing from Hawaii - Merrie Monarch festival - tomorrow (repeat of Friday’s event) at 4pm Saturday afternoon; then streaming live with Saturday’s event at 11pm CST

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StarAdvertiser image by Lawrence Morgan

The Merrie Monarch Festival Hula Competition-Don't Miss It

The link below takes you to the live streaming festival of hula competition in Hawaii. There is a repeat of Friday evening's event on Saturday at 4:00 pm (CST).

Then, Saturday evening's events start at 6 pm in Hawaii, but for Lawrence they begin at 10pm Central Standard Time Saturday evening.

If you have the chance, you MUST see this. I know you will like it!

The videos for each dance group are repeated towards the bottom of this page.

http://www.k5thehometeam.com/category/281345/2014-merrie-monarch-festival

Enjoy world class hula dance and history live from Hawaii Saturday (a repeat of Friday's event) and then the Saturday's event takes place live at 10pm in Lawrence (8pm Pacific Standard Time) on Saturday evening.

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Three Miraculous Things

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deepbrazil images by Lawrence Morgan

Searching for a brother, a father, and long-ago roots in another country

These are three great articles and films. Two, a video and a film, come from Brazil. The third video comes from Cuba and Africa, via the BBC.

The film, "Central Station," I knew about and saw many times when it first came out. Eventually I've had to keep a copy ever since.

A brother finds a brother in Brazil

But the other two came to my consciousness only yesterday and today. I was very surprised when I opened email from my friend Kelly Babbit, who also lives in Kansas City. Before returning to the United States this year, he and his wife lived in Germany- and what I found when I played the video was the amazing story of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho, a homeless man in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I needn't say anything else about it - just look at the video yourself.

https://aplus.com/a/woman-befriends-homeless-man-brazil

Thank you, Kelly.

The Ganga-Longoba of Perico, Cuba find ancestors in Sierra Leone

I then found myself happening to look at the BBC website -- and all of a sudden I found on the front page today the fascinating story of how the Ganga-Longoba of Perico, in Cuba, found their ancestors in a remote village of Sierra Leone in Africa.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-25876023

Central Station - Central do Brasil

Shortly thereafter I remembered the film, "Central Station," which I hadn't seen for a long time. It is thought to be one of the best Brazilian movies ever - so I looked at it again this afternoon. Now, though, it is also on the internet with English subtitles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzlamJXfllM

All of these films revolve around a very important theme: in the first video, a brother seeks a brother in Brazil, and finds him. In the second video, Cubans find their ancient ancestors in western Africa. And in the third film, a son seeks his father, also in Brazil.

To my mind, they are all remarkable and breathtaking.

I wanted to include one web site, for a starter, on Brazil: Brazil explained in 100 images.

http://deepbrazil.com/2011/03/25/brazil-explained-in-100-images-part-10/

You can go from there to learn about many aspects of modern day Brazil, including the Portuguese language, which I've always wanted to learn.

And a good web site for Sierra Leone, in Africa, to begin with is:

http://www.ntb.sl/

Can you post other videos and films which depict a mother or father, or son and daughter, seeking to reunite their family?

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justthereqa image by Lawrence Morgan

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