Monthly Archives: April 2013

Exit Strategy

I forgot to publish this one- so here it is, a bit belated written 4/27 Our departure date is in a little over two months and we have just developed our plan for the rest of our time here. Ashley … Continue reading

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The World Has Bloomed

written 4/27 I’ve tried my best in this blog to convey what it feels like to be in a world where everything depends on rain, and yet there is none. Things feel desperate, hopeless and achingly dry. In this last … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Connectivity

written 4/25 I’ve spent much of the last week in Korogwe, the city near Tabora, so that I could be available to talk to potential employers. We have a house in Korogwe with electricity and wireless internet and scores of … Continue reading

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Name Schmame

I mentioned before how my name is very similar to a common Muslim name, Asha, that many girls have here. It has caused me no small confusion as to whether I am the Asha that is wanted or one of … Continue reading

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Dar Es Salaam

Dar. It’s a name that conjures up images of luxury and excess. The mouth begins to salivate, the heart to palpitate, and the poor soul unfortunate enough to live far from its bound to groan at the merest hint of … Continue reading

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Planting

After the rain arrived at our meeting, it didn’t leave. The presence of rain was a tangible fact; every morning when I woke up, the sky would be cloudy and overcast. There were some sprinkles every now and then and … Continue reading

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Being a 23-Year-Old Mother

written 04/13 When I was a child I decided I was going to have my first kid at 26; now that age seems way too soon and I’ve pushed it back to mid or late 30’s. Here however, I’ve gotten … Continue reading

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