Five Unique Events in Which I Have Participated.
- Hearing a griot perform “songs to order” on a three-stringed instrument on a moonless night in the African Sahel.
- Standing next to Jackson Browne at Outside Lands, taking in the same songs, tapping our feet to the same beat—and shaking his hand.
- Eating a monkey harvested fresh from the bush and served up to honor a guest in Guinea Bissau.
- Dancing to exhaustion on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.
- Thronging with tens of thousands at Place de la Concorde to shout the imperative “touche pas mon pote”
Five Largely Useless (to me) Things I Spent Hours Learning
- How to mount a camel without serious injury
- How to shoot a layup right handed (I am left-handed and never did learn)
- Matrix algebra (see number 1 above)
- Doing a full tune up on my car.
Five Rather Small Things I Treasure
- The silky hair of a newborn
- My bike lock key
- My multi-tool
- My wife’s earrings (all of them)
- Contact lenses
Five Things I Remember about Bowmansville (my hometown)
- The old broken-down delivery truck in which we illicitly played by the hour
- The pine tree in the backyard that I climbed to its peak—swaying with it and the wind
- The “diamond” where all that baseball magic started
- The Sesquicentennial Celebration that Lasted all Summer in 1970
- Agnes Bowman, whom I believed to be a witch, until she saved me from ignominy in the winter mud
Five Things I Think About Every Single Day
- Restorative justice
- My mom
- How to help people stop being so angry about everything all the time
- What leadership means
- What I will do next