“Have you learn’d lessons only of those who admired you, and were
tender with you, and stood aside for you?
Have you not learn’d great lessons from those who reject you, and
brace themselves against you? Or who treat you with contempt,
or dispute the passage with you?”

Walt Whitman


3 thoughts on “Courage

  1. Nila,
    This is Ali’s mom, she called and is so sick. Are you with her, she said she was in Zanzibar and is not answering her phone. she needs to go to the zanzibar hospital immediately located on Kilmani Rd. 255242236715. Please contact me at my email if you can.
    thank you, Angie

    • Hi Ms. Angie,
      My blog does not show me your email address, so I will reply to you here.
      Yesterday I called Ali as well, and she did not pick up, but Kalyn did. She said Ali went to bed early. I was also contacted by a study abroad adviser from UF, who later told me that they were able to reach her. Let me know if there is anything I can do from here. I have my own apartment, and can take care of her here. Also, email me at and I can give you Dr. Leedy’s phone number, in case Ali is not picking up again.

      Best, Nila

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