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Witness Uganda

Over the last couple of weeks, 3 different people from various circles in my life mentioned hearing about a musical called Witness Uganda, and thinking of me.  Based on the title, my initial thought was “oh boy, this sounds Jesusy” … Continue reading

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Do-Goodyness vs. Doing Good (some thoughts on “white savior” issues in Africa)

Imagine you are a parent of school age children here in Andover. The state has a budget crisis and stops paying the teachers. Some stay in exchange for food, but the majority of them are gone. But don’t worry, they … Continue reading

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A response to my last post worth reading…

I mentioned my friend Lawerence from Uganda in my previous post about well-intentioned but poorly executed volunteering in Africa. Well, he read my post, and here is his response. If you didn’t take what I had to say seriously, please … Continue reading

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Africa and New Colonialism

I’ve wanted to write this for a long time. Usually though, I just end up angrily venting about what I’m about to write to my husband or friends who I already know agree with me. It occurs to me that … Continue reading

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You mean you…DON’T like the irridescent pastel tulips? Huh…

Holy S*%#. We own a house. I have not felt very eco friendly the last few weeks. I’ve been knee deep in cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, paint, paint brushes, plastic drop cloths, and trash trash trash.  Also allen wrenches. Because … Continue reading

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Some stuff happened…

…since I last posted here, over a year ago. – I became a master (okay well, I got a piece of paper that said I had earned a master’s degree) – Which allowed me to get a job, a full … Continue reading

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Nothing says “romance is in the air” like….a pigeon pooping on Gramma!

Okay, no death threats after my last post, so I’ll give this another shot. I’m going to start with my biggest pet peeve in wedding trends: using animals as decorations or props. Butterfly releases… Dove Releases… Fish Centerpieces… NO. Just…no. … Continue reading

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