Giving Thanks for Water


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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US. Our turkey is in the oven and sending whiffs upward to my loft office. Hmmm–How much water did I use to wash the turkey and prepare the cornbread dressing? More than enough to remind me how incredibly fortunate those of us are if we simply turn […]

World Toilet Day and More


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First, I want to add two more bloggers who keep us web surfers informed about nonfiction good reads, especially the review of books for young people:

Jeff Barger, who posts at http://ncteacherstuff.blogspot.com and Shirley Duke, at http://simplyscience.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/enterprise-stem/

Second, darn it! — I have been away from my computer and missed World Toilet Day. I just […]

Life and STEM Meet


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This is the first time I have hosted STEM Friday so bear with me. If you are a writer, please add your website as a comment.

November 12 was World Pneumonia Day, a disease that kills, often unnecessarily, many children and adults worldwide. On Ana’s NonFiction Blog, Ana Maria Rodriguez explains (November 14) why […]

Collecting rain water in the Mara


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Photos and post from Jackson:

“A cluster of village donkeys graze, waiting to be driven to a rain water pool where water is collected in the rainy season. The village is very green now following the short rains. However, this does not change the difficulty of getting water as there are not any reserves […]

World Pneumonia Day


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November 12 is World Pneumonia Day. Pneumonia kills more children before their fifth birthday than any other disease. These deaths are preventable through inexpensive treatments, but children are often afraid of visits to doctors and health workers and they especially fear having a shot. In 2009, the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia established the first […]

More Contributions


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Many thanks to Rogaiyah Alqasim-Hamiddaddin and Lucy Mwai for their donations to the Oltorotua well project. I was truly touched that they stayed after my workshop to find out more and make a donation. Let me back up and explain why I broke out into a happy dance yesterday.

After spending the night at Rachael’s […]

Typical small town near Jackson’s village


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Carl took this photo when we were visiting Oltorotua in 2008. Well, I guess we’re not the first people who forget to take good notes about what we photograph. Anyway, this is a town near Jackson’s village. I will ask him if it is Narok or ??? In the meantime, this gives you an idea […]

Jackson’s Commute to Work


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Few things are truly easy in a developing country. You think your commute to work in the US is long and tedious? The commute for Jackson, and many people in Kenya, is not easy and uncomplicated. Many roads are dirt and very bumpy in dry weather, slick as snow when the rains come. I’ve written […]