Gratitude: January 2019

Just sharing one of the things that lifted my spirits this month…. Jeremy Dutcher is a classically-trained queer Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, musicologist, performer and activist. He is a member of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) band of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, and after doing a research project exploring old wax cylinder recordingsContinue reading “Gratitude: January 2019”

Gratitude: December 2018

The last few months have been tricky for me. In some ways they’ve been super fulfilling and in others they have been exceedingly frustrating. But through it all I’ve been grateful for my family, friends, comrades, and even strangers who’ve been eager to grab coffee or lunch and talk, offer help, or just join meContinue reading “Gratitude: December 2018”

Angélique Kidjo sings Blewu in front of world leaders for Armistice Day

I was exceedingly proud to receive this video of Angelique Kidjo singing this song in Ewe (my family’s language!!) to world heads of states as part of the Armistice Day Celebration. May the spirits of the ancestors do their best on this lot. Ay yi yi. Here are the lyrics in English and then belowContinue reading “Angélique Kidjo sings Blewu in front of world leaders for Armistice Day”

Gratitude: End of Summer 2018 Edition

The kid is back in school (yes!!) and summer is just about to close the door, so I’m just dropping in with a little gratitude before the fall. 1) Terence Nance’s Random Acts of Flyness on HBO is SO BLACK and gorgeous and genius and one of the best things I’ve ever seen anywhere ever.Continue reading “Gratitude: End of Summer 2018 Edition”

Making Them Pay: Tales from the Immutable Stack

This is pretty much the entire text from the talk I delivered at Paymentsfn 2018 on May 24, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. In his story The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, Edgar Allan Poe wrote “Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arisesContinue reading “Making Them Pay: Tales from the Immutable Stack”