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Bits from along a vast spectrum of human experience, spanning Africa to USA to inspire awareness, empathy & action

Walt Whitman said it best: "A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls."

My project is a volume of original works; poems, essays and short stories on a theme that has developed itself through my years of travel and community work: The vast spectrum of human experience: How we are together & divided.

I want to tell the stories of those I've come across; people from all walks of life. I want to show one person himself in the other person.

I have more than half the work completed, in draft form. I've spent the last year back in the USA. I want to return to my community in Tanzania this fall, to gain fresh perspective and follow up with individuals. I plan to stay for 3 months, gathering stories and writing. I believe the time there will give me what I need to finish the project cohesively. I plan to self-publish the volume upon return to the USA early next year.

Please view samples of my work here: http://sofstie.tumblr.com/

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