to become the first of his people to obtain a univer-
sity degree. He then went on to become the first Ik
member of parliament.
“Stories like Hillary’s keep me going,” Tom says,
recalling how they met in 2006 while he was work-
ing with the nonprofit Save the Children and how
this “son of the soil” has given him entrée to sacred
places like Mount Morungole.
Together they climbed the 9,000-foot peak on that
misty afternoon in June 2015 when the aloe fl wers
opened for Tom and his brother smiled down from
above. I emailed Hillary to ask about
and, in broken English, he drew a sensitive compari-
son between the plant and its namesake: “Thomas
loved it like the way he loved his brother, the aloe
plant’s uniqueness and beauty also inspired him.”
COMMUNITY & COLD SPRING ALOES
In 1996, having returned to Santa Barbara fromMo-
zambique, Tom connected with his uncle Jeff Shel-
ton, an architect known for whimsical art-fueled
designs, and together they started Cold SpringMontecitoMag.com
June 9–September 4, 2017
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Left – A rare and beautiful species that grows high
in the Chimanimani Mountains along the border of
Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Above – Commonly known as African Aloe, this species
is native to the Eastern Cape area of South Africa. These
aloes often appear in the landscaping at Jeff Shelton-
designed buildings in downtown Santa Barbara.
PHOTO COURTESY TOM COLE.