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A 2010 Lambda Literary Award finalist
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Two months in, two months out

Dear Readers,

I know some of you have been following my blog, The Discreet Traveler. Since May we have been in England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, and France...more countries if you count the two parts of Ireland, the Basque Country, Catalonia, etc.

For those who do not know, two months from today I will start my attempt to trek Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. I am excited by the challenge, but daunted at the same time. Is all this touring around on foot really preparation for the slog to the summit? Will my old tennis bag last until I can finally unload it onto the capable head of a porter? And what about the wet wipes?

All of this adventure is yet to come, and I wish to assure you that my trek (like all our travels) is self-funded. I never solicit money from anyone. However, I would feel something was missing if I set a big goal like this and did not do it for charity, given that Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. So I've signed up with Oxfam to contribute something to disaster relief and addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change. You know, the big stuff:
My JustGiving page for Oxfam

As always, you can follow our travels around the world at jeknowles.blogspot.com

Thanks for reading!

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Launch of Arusha, 6 October 2009

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A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort: at easy answers, at half-truths, and superficial relationships; so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed: for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
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