***This is just a quick response to all of the sexual assault stories in the news these days. Also, as I reread this I realize that it is not very well written. I guess it's a lesson in not being reactionary while writing. I try not to be judgmental. I know sexuality is complicated and… Continue reading Why dudes? Why?
The current phase on baby Indjamba’s path to potty training is him stepping through the door from inside the main house onto the small brick landing at the home’s entrance, usually pants off but shirt on, and arriving at the bricks’ edges, taking a leak in the sand. His form is perfect. Back straight, head… Continue reading Learning to go
I’ve always loved to cook. As soon as my eyes could peek over the stove top I was cooking simple things: scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, toast, etc.. Part of this was from the necessity created by growing up in a single parent household, but the other part was a strong appreciation for good cooking, an… Continue reading Meals From Mpungu
One thing that has to be consistent for all Peace Corps volunteers, despite country or sector of service, is that we get pretty dang creative with the limited resources “we are having.” (inside joke for my fellow volunteers in Namibia) The movie Friday always comes to mind when I think about this. The scene I… Continue reading Put Some Water On IT
(From my old website: relevant now as I am reposting on my 33rd birthday) Have you ever heard someone profess that their thirties was the best decade of their lives? I know I haven’t. People regularly tell stories about their childhood, high school and college years, and then something strange happens - people all of sudden turn… Continue reading Thirties Questions: Just a Few
Now that I've been at site for a little more than a month, I'll try and summarize what my day to day looks like. It is not always same, but I am starting to get a little bit of a routine worked out. Even though it is a bit early to get started on any… Continue reading At Site: The Day To Day So Far (PC Namibia)
I've been in my village for a couple weeks now and have had some successes already. People here were very interested in getting a community garden up and running again. Another village resident and I went around looking for committed people, held a couple of meetings, and started clearing the land and repairing the fence this… Continue reading The Peace Corps Roller Coaster