Monthly Archives: January 2012

Wake up call 6:30am/2:30pm

I woke from a deep sleep at 6:30 this morning to the sound of my phone ringing. A call from my favourite Kenyan who sounded very excited and very wide awake particularly compared to me. I of course asked her … Continue reading

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4 writers on 2 continents, in 2 time zones = 1 good grant proposal

I’m  bleary eyed as I sit at my little netbook (or “Natbook” as my brothers have been known to call it) tonight.  My back hurts and my butt is sore and I’ve consumed too many gallons of herbal tea. But … Continue reading

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Cups of tea under mango trees

Well the big day has finally arrived!! I sent the list of names of students for whom we have sponsors, to Kenya, yesterday afternoon. A couple of ladies will be going around from home to home in Kikule, drinking endless … Continue reading

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Baboons and pineapples

I was just having some pineapple for breakfast and remembering when we drove through the Delmonte pineapple plantation very very early in the morning, and saw a big family of baboons on the road. That was an amazing start to … Continue reading

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4 to stand trial by the ICC

The ruling from The Hague is that four men will stand trial at the International Criminal Court, for their roles in the post-election violence in 2007-2008. They all deny the accusations. Two of them are running as presidential candidates in … Continue reading

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Unseasonal frost killing crops near Mount Kenya

Two weeks ago farmers in the area around Mount Kenya had their crops killed by frost. Not a problem we associate with Kenya is it? Mount Kenya lies just south of the equator but the elevation of the surrounding farmland … Continue reading

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Crimes Against Humanity Ruling by the ICC tomorrow

Tomorrow will be a defining day for all Kenyans. At 10:30am East African Time (EAT), six men will find out if they will be committed to stand trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC)  At 1:30 … Continue reading

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Open a school door- close a prison

This week I went to a presentation about improving education in the Dabaab refugee camp in Kenya.  Dr. Alastair J. Summerlee, the president of U of G, gave the presentation. Twice he has visited the Dadaab camp, really 4 camps … Continue reading

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Bahati nzuri (good luck) to the students

This weekend I read through the 96 applications for high school and polytechnic school (where they can learn to be a mechanic, tailor, mason, or carpenter) that were submitted by children and teenagers in Kikule. One thing that struck me … Continue reading

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The best days

I started a three day cleanse yesterday morning a diet mainly of fruit, vegetables, pulses, nuts and whole grains and no meat, gluten, soy, dairy (well a little plain yogurt), eggs, sugar, caffeine, or chocolate. “Why?” you might ask.   … Continue reading

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