From the villagers at Oltorotua


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Jackson has a week off from his safari guiding job at Amboseli Porini Camp. I asked him if he could send some quotes from the villagers about the well project. Below is one:

“For the last few months, Oltorotua village and most parts of the Masai Mara have been dry. As it has been for […]

A Tribute to Wangari Maathai


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Very sad news for friends of conservation and Kenya.

From family of Wangari Maathai To Professor Wangari Maathai’s long time friends and supporters: It is with great sadness that the family of Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25th September, 2011, at the Nairobi Hospital, after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with […]

Help Dig This Well!


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Well, actually help dig three wells!

A number of people have asked me how to contribute and I held off until now for two reasons: (1) I wanted a link to contribute thru a U.S. 501c3 non-profit, which makes the contribution deductible on income tax returns, and (2) I did not want to be involved […]

Another step!


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Steve King, water guru extraordinary, is invited to describe the Oltorotua well and sanitation project at the October 4th evening meeting of the Fredericktowne Rotary Club. I’m pleased he has asked me to tag along. Steve has done such an incredible job of writing the grant that I don’t see how the members cannot be […]

Taking a World View


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My daughter, Hope McGonigle, and I earned a free year’s subscription for an article that will appear in the Nov./Dec. issue of Natural Life. I opened my first issue today and read:

“Our blind spot is because we are drunk on individual freedom, which is the teenage stage of maturity,” says Terry Mollner, one of […]

A Musing Moment: An education article, the Republican debate, and responses to Slice of Life article about me


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I’m having a musing moment. I just read an article: Ten Skills Every Student Should Learnin eSchool News, August 11, 2011. As a recovering reading specialist, I was struck by the following:

We recently asked our readers: “If you could choose only one, what’s the skill you’d like every student to learn?” Perhaps surprisingly, while […]

News from Kenya


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News seem to be popping all over like kernels of popcorn in a hot pan. After the excitement of the article about the well project, I want to tell you about several e-mails from Jackson. In one he described his new position with Gamewatchers Safaris: “Gamewatchers have set up a mobile camp during the high […]

In the News!


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An article describing efforts to make the Oltorotua well project a reality are online and in the “Monday Advance” section of yesterday’s Frederick (MD) News-Post. Below is how the article begins: