The Festivals and the Music

I’ve felt the power of drums in many different settings, but the end result was always the same. I heard them beat by the sons of headhunters, spelling out tales of their grandfathers’ raids. We shared nauseous spirits and entranced ourselves; the rhythms transcending...

The Voyage and the Great Unknown

What happens to regular people when they are dropped into the Great Unknown? I get a lot of press email, so my delete finger stays exceptionally twitchy. I typically swat the damned things into oblivion like the many mosquitoes here on the island, but one this week...

And the Winner Is…

My 10-year-old niece has sealed the deal; she gave me the number “200” on the phone tonight, which corresponded to… Simon Uribe-Convers! Originally from Columbia, Simon is studying science stuff that flies way over my head at the University of Idaho....