Monthly Archives: August 2019

SMASHING KNIVES by Peter Nolan Smith

In the Greater Depression the employment opportunities for a man my age were limited in New York City. A younger man would perform the job for a third of the wage, however my absolute willingness to work overcame most obstacles and for the past two months I have labored on the black market at a […]

Kili Initiative 2019 – A Path Into The Plains – # 6

Loitokitok’s Preacher Man launched the morning program right at dawn. I recognized his rant and climbed out of the tent growling off its best lines. The church across the valley glowed with light. I couldn’t make out a single person on the veranda. The young people at the table shook their heads hearing my speaking […]

Kili Initiative 2019 – Kibera # 2

Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Authorities estimated the population of the ‘Forest’ to be 500,000 to a million residents, who live on less than $1 a day. Crime and disease ravage the vast shantytown lacking schools, electricity, running water, and medical care. On my second day in Africa the Red Hook contingent; […]

Kili Initiative 2019 # 4 – Leaving Nairobi

Early Sunday morning I woke early to the rock-n-rock prayer meetings competing for souls on the YMCA grounds. In the near distance other Bible-thumpers preached ‘the Word’. Fast Steve knocked on my door. The twenty-nine year-old Kenyan was the group leader for the Kili Initiative team. “Time to get up. We eat breakfast and then […]

TOP OF AFRICA – Kili Initiative 2019 # 1

In early February I met Natalia Rios, Larry Fishbourne, and Laityn Graham at JFK Airport for a flight to Nairobi, Kenya. The young New Yorkers were the members of the Kili Initiative’s 2019 team and I was their ‘chaperone’. The Initiative’s goal was to broaden their horizons by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in […]