Thanks, Community Montessori School!

A few weeks ago I left a jar to collect coins, along with photos of the Oltorotua women hauling huge jugs of water on their backs, at Community Montessori School when I spoke to the 3-6 year olds. The jar was placed on the counter in the main office as students and parents entered. […]

What Wells Mean in Kenya

One photograph can tell the story! Who can blame the villagers in Oltorotua from anxiously awaiting wells being dug?

Closer to Digging the Wells

Yesterday Steve King, water & sanitation guru par excellence, and I met with Tim Winter of the Fredericktowne Rotary. Steve filled in Tim, who will now honcho the Oltorotua Water & Sanitation project, about the status of the grant application. The bad news is that, with new budget projections, we now need $41,619.00 for Phase […]

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Chalica Day 7

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE VULTURES IN OUR ENVIRONMENT — Today’s Principal #7: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Last Monday I began writing about the 7 days of Chalica. Chalica was new to me and probably to most Unitarian Universalists and the rest of the world! […]

Chalica Day 6

I thought that combining Unitarian Universalist principles with Africa in writing this week’s posts would be difficult. It has been a head-scratching challenge for a few minutes some days but actually not hard. Today’s is the easiest. Principle #6: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

Actually, my goal […]

Chalica Day 5

Combining Conscience, the U.S. Senate, and Elephant Poaching

UU Principle #5: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Two thoughts about this principle today, one that is relevant mainly to us in the US, and one relevant to the world.

Relevant to […]


Principle #4: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. At first I thought my husband, who reads all kinds of deep, philosophical books (yeah–boring to me) was more likely to search for “truth and meaning” than I do. My motto is best summed up by the Nike ad, “Just do it.” Then today […]

Chalica Day 3


I thought today’s UU Principle #3 would be difficult for me to write about: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth. Then I remembered Mary Leakey, the renowned paleoanthropologist, wrote that Africa had immediately “cast its spell” on her when she first went there. I feel the same way. A spiritual […]

Chalica Day 2

Today the Chalica focus is on Principle #2: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations. When I sat down at my computer to muse about this principle a few minutes ago, my mind was blank and my body tired. I looked at the UUA website to find a hint where to direct my thoughts (other […]