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The Handweaver's Tale

The Handweaver's Tale

It's been pouring for several consecutive days, keeping everyone indoors. Now that the rain has finally stopped for a day, I'm eager to get out and explore. My companions and I decide to head over to Pouké, a very small enclave in Fouta Djallon. It's on the outskirts of Dalaba,...

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Knowing Me, Knowing You with Rachel Ross

Knowing Me, Knowing You with Rachel Ross

I’m a neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and karaoke rockstar. I love to read books and eat flowers off of trees (and then make pickles out of them). To me, the process of doing a thing is more important for the joy it brings than the product it makes. So I steer myself...

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Hey Mama!

Hey Mama!

I always talk about my Papa because I am a daddy’s girl, but I love my Mama dearly. Haja Yalie Sumu. She was tall, chocolate-skinned and regal, but more importantly she was a philanthropist, influencer, and feminist-- when no one used those terms yet. She loved her family fiercely and...

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Knowing Me, Knowing You with Kathleen McDermott

Knowing Me, Knowing You with Kathleen McDermott

Happy Spring! 🌸 I want to celebrate YOU in a new feature highlighting our fabulous community, beginning today. I'm passionate about people, life, and all things beautiful-- and my community encompasses all of these. My customers come from a range of backgrounds, but all share my love of beauty. I admire...

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Do You Know How to Pata Pata?

Do You Know How to Pata Pata?

Growing up in Sierra Leone, the tunes that floated through our home included the beautiful voice of Miriam Makeba. She was of the same generation as my papa and revered during a time when many countries in Africa were fighting for independence. Her lyrics about this struggle did not compute with...

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