Episode 4: A Father in Uganda

This is You and Me and Everyone We Know, a podcast we’re all making together during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you are listening right now or you are a guest on this podcast, you are part of a community. You are not alone.  Press play below to hear today’s episode with Joseph, a father and humanitarian in Uganda : (If you got this through your email, tap here to listen.) Today, we’re talking to Joseph in Kampala, Uganda. Joseph and I met in Uganda in 2013. We worked for the same humanitarian organization, but my desk was in Minneapolis, and his…

Episode 3: My Neighbor Alissa in Minnesota

Hi. This is You and Me and Everyone we know, a podcast made by everyday people trying to get through the coronavirus pandemic together. In each episode you’ll hear from regular people sharing what their lives are like… right now. Press play below to hear today’s episode my neighbor, Alissa: (If you got this through your email, tap here to listen.) Today I’m talking to my neighbor, Alissa. That sounds simple enough, even blasé. And last week, it would have been. But now, we’re three blocks away and neither of us really want to get out and go see each other….

ants

Yesterday, a nardi demonstration by my landfather showing that even after two years, he can kick my nardi butt. And this morning, I battled the army of ants living in my door. Ok, fine, my landmom battled them. But she used MY bottle of khandzori katsakh (apple vinegar), and that counts for something, right? She laughed at how I freaked out at their swarming from the door frame, how my feet were dancing all over them, trying to stop their advance into my living room. “It’s the weather, Brent,” she says. “Give me your broom. We’ll sweep them out.” “I…

dissolve, burst, rush

Do you know that feeling you get when your whole life seems to pump through your body all at once?  That overwhelming feeling of being right here but also everywhere else, and all those people, old friends, grandparents, that aunt that makes your favorite snack, your best high school friends, your mentors and soul-wrenching past loves, the regulars from the restaurant that always smiled and made the same jokes, every person who’s ever made you hold your breath, made you see God in cells, every bit of love that’s ever come from anyone.  All of it rushes at you and…