Category Archives: cogitations and ruminations

Ewe-topia

Of course we were too busy enjoying the dogs to take photos, but this afternoon both of our dogs, Philly and Mesa, tried their luck for the first time herding sheep.  We found a fantastic place in Roy, WA that … Continue reading

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Africa calling . . .

And the phone call in the middle of the night is from . . . Sierra Leone! For the past 5 years I have worked as an independent international development consultant.  That ‘definition’ isn’t terribly descriptive, but after working for … Continue reading

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Half the Sky – a PBS special

I’m going to do a post about what I actually do for a living; BUT this isn’t that post.  In the broadest sense I work in the field of international development.  I have had the pleasure of traveling and working … Continue reading

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Long overdue update – Westward, Ho!

Long time coming, an update is due. Since the last post (with the cute elephant orphanage photos), I’ve been back to Africa (even going by road 1500 miles from Nampula, Mozambique to Lusaka, Zambia via Chimoio and Chipata.)  And then … Continue reading

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Digital Resource with Folk Music from around the World

This morning, NPR’s Morning Edition featured the Association for Cultural Equity, founded by Alan Lomax.  From the 1930’s to the 1990’s, Alan Lomax traveled the globe (with significant time spent in the US) recording folk music.  He founded the Association … Continue reading

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Arriving in a Melanesian nation

First impressions and experiences of Papua New Guinea: Over 800 languages and peoples/communities – can not state enough the diversity of peoples . . . culture, physical appearance, even some fundamental values and outlooks. Extremely friendly people with smiles and … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Okay – so I know I’m a bit slow, but I am right now back up on the mountain in SW Oregon, in a little shed/cabin, no electricity, and my woodstove working like crazy to heat water for my morning … Continue reading

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This is some ‘special’ soap

Taking a break from the posting of photos from our recent Saudi road trips (it takes me forever to edit and upload the photos) – I would like to share some interesting soap found on a recent shopping outing with … Continue reading

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Has it really been two months?

Time has flown by since my last post.  (Has it really been more than two months?)  As summer ended, I got back on the road with the dogs and retraced my path from just two months prior, returning to our … Continue reading

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Eid Sunset – courtesy of our Oregon Coast Mountain

Eid ul Fitr is the holiday that wraps up the Muslim month of Fasting, Ramadhan.  I like to explain that Ramadhan is very much like a month of American Thanksgivings.  Often family, friends, and communities gather each and every night … Continue reading

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