A memoir told in brief, pithy stories
From coming of age in Africa to starting up a technology firm in DC. This is a swooping, soaring jumble of tales from one life crossing into the new millennium
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About the Author
Hi, I’m Mike. I spent twelve years living and working in Afghanistan, Togo, Madagascar and Tanzania. Most of these tales come from there. Between time, I co-founded a consulting firm that grew to 400 professionals. In 2004, my partners and I sold that company to a large public corporation. Some tales relate to those times as well. Since then I’ve been working for the State Department’s Global AIDS program. For the past few years I have made my home in the Pacific island Kingdom of Tonga.. Read more.
From The Blog
One day in Togo, West Africa, I returned home to find a group of village women gathered around my house. The house was roofless. Its corrugated lid lay thirty feet away. Inside, I found everything heaped in a pile at the center of the room. Even the most fragile...
Sitting in my living room, Kodjo told me about a recent accident. He said a truck had hit a married Peace Corps couple as they were crossing a small bridge on a motorcycle. The two of them were friends of mine. Kodjo said he had heard that they were headed home...
But I want to get back to what happened to my roof. To describe Kpagouda – or any of Togo for that matter – as ‘superstitious’ doesn’t do it justice. Togo and Benin, its next door twin, are the birthplaces of Voodoo. Here tree spirits are very much alive. If you...