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February 2008 Archives

Focusing on the details

posted by David Kuo

This post is the body of an email I sent to my friends from the Uganda trip. One of the things that struck me about the trip was that “macro” poverty – what we could see from the street, for […]

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Good words from Shannon

posted by David Kuo

My new friend Shannon – beautiful blogging brain behind bold, brilliant Rocks In My Dryer made this comment yesterday: Friends keep saying, “give yourself time,” and I think, “time for WHAT? Time to forget just enough of what I saw […]

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Christian Apples

posted by David Kuo

This fall, Abilene Christian University will be providing all incoming freshmen with either an iPhone or an iPod touch: …freshmen will use the iPhones or iPod touches to receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their […]

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The Uganda confession

posted by David Kuo

Thanks for your comments and emails about my blogging problem. Thank you too for the exhortations to keep talking and processing and exhorting and confessing. There is a single moment I cannot get out of my mind. It occurred on […]

My blogging problem

posted by David Kuo

I am having a blogging crisis. I don’t know what to write. I see the news, I see everything going on and yet I can’t muster much (any) passion to write about them. Yesterday I had a conversation with a […]

Baaaa or Maaaaaa?

posted by David Kuo

Being a dad, I am strong in the animal sounds category. Pigs oink and cows mooo and rhinos snort and snuff (astute readers of Moo, Baa, La la la will get that reference) sheep baaa and goats maaaa. Jesus warns […]

BooMama on nature

posted by David Kuo

One of the great discoveries of the last 100 years is BooMama. It is true – somewhere between the first Macintosh and the bass boat is BooMama. Who is BooMama? What is BooMama? Why is BooMama? Well, one must achieve […]

Meeting Grace, missing Jesus?

posted by David Kuo

On my first day at the unnamed hospital in Uganda, I met another little girl named Grace. I caught her out of the corner of my eye as I entered the children’s ward and was talking to another little boy. […]

Kuo’s brain is shrinking…

posted by David Kuo

The news is good – my brain is shrinking. During the past 15 rounds of chemo the tumor area has shrunk more than 30%. And that is that. I’ll go another four rounds and we’ll revisit this same conversation round […]

The Christian sex challenge

posted by David Kuo

So, I found this via my friend Carlos. It is a “30-Day Sex Challenge” started by the folks at Relevant Church in Tampa, Florida. Here’s the gist of the challenge: People are not having enough sex. An epidemic of breakups […]

I am being stalked… very weird

posted by David Kuo

Today, NIH, MRI. There’s a new policy in place there that requires a blood test before the MRI. So I went there late – I run late – got in line and was told to go to booth 13. I […]

Returning to life?

posted by David Kuo

I can’t quite bring myself to return to “normal” blogging. I’m not quite ready to return to “real” life. To do so feels like a betrayal of all that I’ve seen and, more importantly, all that I now know exists. […]

“I saw what I saw”

posted by David Kuo

NASA, we have splashdown

posted by David Kuo

Landed last night around 8:30, was on the phone with Kim by 8:30:01, out of customs (where no cell phone usage is allowed) by 9ish, in a car moments later, on phone with Laura and Rachel a nanosecond later. Though […]

Uganda, through Carlos’ eyes (and music)

posted by David Kuo

One of the great joys of the first four days of the trip was hanging out with the other bloggers who were there to visit Uganda. They were, to a person, extraordinary. Here are two of them – Carlos and […]

Back to Uganda – getting LOST?

posted by David Kuo

I’m sitting in a London hotel room having had a nice Lodon sleep after a nice London dinner. I am out of my skin excited about going home and seeing my family – I literally can’t wait. But there is […]

Uganda, Benny Hinn, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

A quick follow-up on Benny and Uganda. I just checked Benny Hinn’s website for upcoming events. There is absolutely no mention of his Uganda trip. At the same time, more and more of these posters are going up around Uganda […]

Uganda videos, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

I’m going to be uploading some rough video shots to give a sense of the places… this short one ends with that little girl sitting alone on the blanket… Online Videos by Veoh.com

What can we do?

posted by David Kuo

Before I head back to the hospital this afternoon and before I begin the journey home tomorrow, some thoughts on what can be done here… initial thoughts I suppose: – Sponsor a child through Compassion International. The longer I am […]

Benny Hinn in Uganda

posted by David Kuo

I saw this poster on the wall of the cancer clinic today: Yes, this cancer clinic: And yes, this IS the same Benny Hinn who sent out a request for his followers to pay for his new Gulfstream jet. Benny […]

Really big pigeons

posted by David Kuo

Day one in Uganda and we’re visiting one of Compassion International’s church partner sites. We are outside touring the new toilet facilities they have constructed and I notice a shadow moving towards me. The shadow is, oh, huge. The shadow […]

Sabbath from suffering

posted by David Kuo

I haven’t yet left the hotel today. It is now 3:30pm and today I slept in late and I went to the pool for 30 minutes and just allowed myself to eat a cheeseburger even though I am in Kampala. […]

Don’t read this post

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure anyone should read this post. This is FAR from a happy post. It starts inside the gates of a Ugandan hospital. It starts getting out of the car and looking around convinced I must be in the […]

Crying for my poverty?

posted by David Kuo

This is one of the images I can’t get out of my head: It was being pulled through the filthy streets of a slum by a bald headed girl in a pale yellow dress wearing worn red flip flops. [I […]

Understanding the Gospels from Uganda

posted by David Kuo

For these past days as my fellow bloggers and I have gone through Uganda, I have gained a new appreciation for the Gospels. Read Carlos and Shaun and Anne and Randy and my other friends and see their different and […]

Meet Susan

posted by David Kuo

Today’s journey took us outside Kampala’s squalor and desolation and into creation. Uganda is a land of rolling hills carpeted by rich soil that births vibrant green life. I just didn’t know that yesterday. Today though, in Kisoga, I learned […]

Obama…Uganda, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

50 miles outside Uganda today, in the back of a school, in a town accessible only by bumpy clay roads, I looked down on the ground and found this: The Obama movement knows no geographic or cultural or political limits.

Poverty meditation

posted by David Kuo

I couldn’t escape the horror – that was the horror. That was my 2am realization. As I stood inside that 6′ x 6′ hell hole and as I walked through the slum the horror was that I couldn’t get away […]

Obama…Uganda

posted by David Kuo

To make mention of Barack Obama’s name in this small country is to turn on a lightbulb in people’s eyes. Person after person simply says, “O-bam-a…” and there is a sigh and a slight smile… there is a bit of […]

Snapshots

posted by David Kuo

Tonight I am numb. I came to Uganda prepared to see suffering, to celebrate hope, and to provide – in the smallest ways through this blog – an insight for others into that mysterious thing called poverty. What I wanted […]

Poor Hillary

posted by David Kuo

Not only did Hillary Clinton lose four primaries over the weekend, not only did she have to change campaign managers, not only did she cry again but now Barack Obama is a Grammy award winner, beating Bill Clinton: Obama, who […]

Into Uganda

posted by David Kuo

One night nearly five years ago I had a dream. I only remember bits and pieces of it but that it probably because I was only supposed to remember one piece of it. For the first time and for the […]

Practical forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

I used to think I was spectacular at forgiveness. For years, for most of my life actually, I thought forgiveness was a specialty. Then I slowly came to realize something – when I got hurt I didn’t forgive, I just […]

Huckabee’s opportunity

posted by David Kuo

Fresh off his Kansas caucus win and James Dobson’s endorsement, Mike Huckabee is chugging along in his presidential race. His chances of the winning the nomination are decidedly worse than his chances to win the Iowa caucuses last fall when […]

Pity… for being an American

posted by David Kuo

I’m the middle of a 36-hour stopover in London on my way to Uganda. The flight in last night was stunning – crystal clear skies and a route that took us directly over a glittering London. Breathtaking. Today I had […]

Romney dropping out

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney is dropping out of the race – or, in campaign parlance, “suspending” his campaign. His reasons: ”If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign […]

And Uganda…

posted by David Kuo

I am preparing for a little journey to Africa. I will be visiting Uganda starting next week and I’ll be blogging from there every day. I’ll be going with a number of other bloggers to visit the work done by […]

“Super Duper Tuesday”

posted by David Kuo

Welcome to old-fashioned politics. Ok, my thoughts: – McCain did it. His late wins in California and Missouri are huge. He is on his way to the nomination. But the fight is far from over and it will get a […]

Dobson whacks McCain

posted by David Kuo

Dr. James Dobson has released a statement whacking John McCain. Here it is in full and here are the substantial points: I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional […]

A must-hear sermon

posted by David Kuo

I don’t know of any fancy way to post this sermon so it looks interesting. It is something hugely important and worth talking about. In it, Greg Boyd talks about prayer and about why it is that we can pray […]

sort-of-interesting Tuesday

posted by David Kuo

Today is the Super Bowl for political junkies. More so than election day, this is the day that matters. Nomination battles will become – possibly – clarified. It is unpredictable, it is exciting, it is only sort of important, however. […]

“Yes We Can”

posted by David Kuo

Now he is a song:Tomorrow all comes down to that same question we asked before Iowa – will the kids turn out to vote? If they do then Sen. Obama will have been prophetic in saying, “Yes We Can”.

The Conservative Gamble

posted by David Kuo

Tomorrow isn’t just a referendum on John McCain, it is a test of the conservative leadership that has labeled him enemy number one. If Romney somehow wins tomorrow, it will be clear evidence of the power of people like Rush […]

The good weekend

posted by David Kuo

Last week’s darkness is gone. I woke up yesterday morning feeling mighty fine. The weekend has been spectacular – being chased by the littlest munchkin in the park, rolling around on the floor with the wee little man, eating too […]

Politically conflicted

posted by David Kuo

I just don’t know who to endorse. Two big endorsements/threats have been announced this weekend and I am deeply conflicted. Ethel Kennedy says Barack is like Bobby. How can I say no to that? I’m an RFK guy. That kind […]

Bono quoting

posted by David Kuo

A friend – a dear, wonderful friend – gave me an autographed copy of Bono: in conversation with Michka Assayas a few years ago. I gave it a very quick read and put it on my list of books that […]

Thank you

posted by David Kuo

Thank you for your prayers and kind notes yesterday. Ick of a day. Lying here in this little hotel room, however, I did have the advantage of in-room movies. Why, exactly, one can get movies in your hotel room months […]

Ethel Kennedy for Barack Obama

posted by David Kuo

Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy’s widow has released a statement endorsing Barack Obama. Over these past few years, I’ve watched Senator Obama inspire Americans from all walks of life to believe in real change and a new sense of hope […]

The hard week

posted by David Kuo

So this last week was a hard one. I started by 15th (?!?) round of chemo a week ago yesterday, finished it this past Tuesday and have been pretty much laid out since Monday. It isn’t that I’ve been sick […]

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