April 14th, 2018, There are needs on every corner. War amputees who aren’t taken care of. Addicts who are ill. The blind being led around by out-of-school children. People with mental illnesses who are misunderstood and ignored. Children following you with notebooks, asking for help with school fees. Friends who are struggling. Co-workers who can’t … Continue reading The Art of No.
March 30th, 2018, Every day, I have the privilege of making my little dog’s day by putting on her collar and taking her on a walk. We take the same path – 6 blocks down the main road, turning down a dirt road 3 blocks after the liquor store. One day last week, this walk … Continue reading The Mangoes.
March 15th, 2018 Ahem...is this thing on? Oh god. Did I write that correctly? 2018? WOW. This may take a minute to get back into, mainly because the time and space away have been jam-packed with transformational experiences. Where do I even start? I'm a little scared. I guess I will start off by summarizing … Continue reading This is Not Spam.
January 21st, 2016 When life circumstance steals experiences from you, you have two choices: give it up and move on, or try again. I was ready to move on from Peace Corps. In fact, I was looking at jobs and picturing myself sipping coffee in a coffee shop, catching up on the news and writing … Continue reading Coffee shops will wait.
November 17th, 2015 Dear America, As my time here comes to a close, you are not making things easy for me. Normally, after a year you'd think I'd be craving sushi or a burrito so badly, I would hop on the next plane as soon as I finish. However, there is something in the way … Continue reading Merci, Mali.
November 9th, 2015 Each night, I walk by the house in front of mine, greeting everyone's dark figure, not knowing who is who. The past few evenings, there has been a congregation of children gathered around the father of the household. Tonight, I approached. I wanted to know what the fuss has been about. Then … Continue reading Child of the Universe.
November 5th, 2015 The months of blood, sweat, and tears have paid off: last week, the 2015 Peace Corps Nutrition Bike Tour swept the region of Sikasso. This project turned out better than we (Ethan, Jessica, and I) could have ever imagined. Each day of biking was met by a great, slightly overcast, not-too-hot … Continue reading #BeansBikesMali
October 17th, 2015 Today, I walked around Sikasso with my friend Daniel in search of radio stations. I am in charge of getting the message out about the bike tour, and successfully found 8 stations who will broadcast our advertisement. (I have 4 more stations I'm trying to hit.) It was an exhausting day but … Continue reading Yalla Yalla and Mountains.
August 31st, 2015 "They are fleeing to the countries who are responsible for making their country miserable." "We are worse than animals. Animals kill each other to survive. We kill each other for no reason." "Since when have men hated men so much?" "If the pictures of the dead children in the sea do not … Continue reading #BeansBikesMali – The Beginning.
Do you use make-up? Lotion? Ointments? You probably use Shea butter a lot more than you think, thanks to the women of West Africa! In this photo I am mixing Shea nuts with Ethan's host sister. Reminded me of the classic I Love Lucy grape squishing episode. It felt mushy, was a little painful (as … Continue reading Shea.