San’bonani! Howdy folks! 

We’re Dan and Sindiso Mnisi Weeks. Welcome to our blog.

For the handful of you out there who haven’t been (op)pressed into reading this blog because you’re related to us or a friend, here’s a bit of our backstory…

We come from rural New Hampshire, USA (1% black) and urban South Africa (9% white), respectively. We have been fortunate to call both countries – with all their marvellous messiness – home. Unlikely as our marriage was, we’d like to pay our respects to our matchmakers: Uncle Cecil and Secretary George, who unwittingly brought us together. These two deceased old men (the one a plundering segregationist) who paid our way to Oxford would be baffled by our union. It still perplexes many, even us sometimes …

Hence, this blog.

Dan: I’m the very white guy with the very big grin – until I’ve spent seven minutes in the South African sun and start to resemble a New England lobster. I come from the loveliest little town you never knew called Temple, New Hampshire. It was there that I learned the fine arts of milking cows, mucking stalls, and playing ball. It was there that I did not encounter the mysterious thing called melanin. I like clean energy, democracyscholarship, public service, and …

Sindiso: The black woman in the picture is obviously me – and I would never pose for a picture like that in my right mind (my husband made me do it! :). I hail from, as some of Dan’s countrymen and women know it, “the country of Africa” – the comparatively wealthy city in the southern part of this fine but complicated continent, Johannesburg. I care about justice and education and can hold a note ok, I suppose.

When not taking silly pics, we tend to be serious about faith, reading (some recent recs below), service, and loving on our little girl and boy :). Not to mention our own rather peculiar inter-racial marriage and identities, as this blog seeks to unpack…

Our story in brief:

Jun ’07   Dan accidentally tells stranger in DC, “You’re beautiful”, determines he’s met his mate. Said stranger thinks to herself, “He’s creepy!”

Oct ’07    Still-a-stranger Sindiso accidentally bumps into bike-spandexed Dan in Oxford, gets asked to lunch.

Nov ’07   Dan finally manages to introduce Sindiso to New Hampshire Maple Syrup; Sindiso decides they’re a match made in heaven.

Dec ’08   Sindiso survives first New Hampshire snow, worries many more to come

Mar ’09   Dan saves Sindiso from gecko in South Africa; avoids getting thrown out by her parents

Oct ’09    Sindiso says ‘Yes!’ in Oxford, makes Dan happiest chump alive

Oct ’09    Dan starts collecting a dozen cows for the lobolo [bridewealth/dowry]

Aug ’10   Dan’s family crosses the pond with 13 ‘cows’ to make it official in Joburg (and again in Cape Town, and again in New Hampshire…)

Sep ’10   Sindiso and Dan retire from getting married, praise God :)

Aug ’11   Now bored of retirement, Sindiso and Dan start a blog (to coincide with their move to Cape Town from New Hampshire)…

Thanks for checking out our blog!


A few recent reads we recommend:

Jabari Asim, The N Word

Steve Biko, I Write What I Like

David Brooks, The Social Animal

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

Frederick Douglas, My Bondage, My Freedom

W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers

Tim Keller, Generous Justice

Tim & Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage

Soren Kierkegaard, For Self Examination

Soren Kierkegaard, Philosophical Fragments

Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky

Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man, Immoral Society

Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Jim Wallis, God’s Politics

Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisiwe says:

    haha i love you guys already and Iove how you met! You’re a such a match made in heaven (cheesy i know but true hehe) Continue living the abundant life that is set out before you xoxo

  2. J.A. Dollenmayer says:

    Thoughtful and light-hearted but also deeply serious and “living the talk” you talk, I am glad to find your blog, having lived in Jo’burg during the 1964 Rivonia Trial (on a traveling fellowship), and loving New Hampshire as a visitor. . .you can contribute much to the “engaging pluralism” we and many others are trying to accomplish in our tragically divided country under the worst president perhaps ever. . .and I haven’t forgotten Warren G. Harding. . .

  3. Janet Boltax says:

    Hi Dan and Sindiso, I was amazed just now to see your picture in the NY Times Blog by Nicholas Kristof, because I spent a bit of time looking at you last night at Dorrie and Jeremy’s wedding. You were on the bench and I was in a row just a couple of rows beyond where you were sitting. I am sorry if I looked for too long, but I thought that you, SIndiso, have the most beautiful, sweet face. You emanate warmth and kindness. Anyway, it is interesting to get to know more about you!

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