Contributions and News from Kenya


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First, thanks to two new contributors: Monica Greene and Dr. Cynthia Clement. (Love to add names scrolling under the thermometer!)

Second: News from Paul Kirui on Facebook and his blog that the rains are still unseasonably heavy in the Mara. The downside of much rain is that the grasses grow tall and carnivores, like the […]

Thanks, a Recipe, a Wish for Joy & Hope, and a Little Ho-Ho-Ho in 2 Short ¶s


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When I checked my Facebook page on Tuesday, I had a message from Laura Jappe. Laura and I met for the first time last September. We chatted about education and then, when I told her about the Oltorotua wells, she said her father had spent a long time in Kenya as a young man. We […]

Combining Wildlife with Leadership Skills in 37 Seconds


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I work with interns in the Administration & Supervision graduate online program for special educators in the School of Education, Johns Hopkins University. Yes, that’s a mouthful, but it is an awesome program for potential school administrators and I want to give my colleagues credit! Because this program is within the Center for Technology in […]

Donations Welcome!


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During this holiday season, please give a gift to Jackson and the villagers in Oltorotua! I know contributions are unwieldy to make now, but I would love to raise that thermometer during this holiday season. 100% of donations go to digging three wells and training villagers in health and maintenance issues (Phase 1) and building […]

When Wells Stop


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Article in today’s New York Times Opinionater column:

Keeping the Water Flowing in Rural Villages By TINA ROSENBERG

Water pumps and wells in the developing world often fall into disrepair. One program teaches villagers how to maintain them on their own.

From the article: “In most developing countries, these water points are installed with great […]

Musings about Publishing


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In November I attended a one-day conference sponsored by Thomson-Shore, a small and medium-sized hard- and soft-cover publisher located in Dexter, MI. I grouse that we writers do all the work for little pay. Okay, I still feel that way. However, a tour thru Thomson-Shore showed our group what is involved in actually printing a […]

A Baby Boy!


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Jackson’s wife had a baby boy yesterday. Mother and son seem to be doing well. I read his post on Facebook but haven’t directly heard from him so more later.