I am allowing myself One Book this summer– one book that falls outside of my list of MustReads (and that list is long, as I have a thesis for which I must be doing research, and also a certain Joseph and His Brothers which warrants some Serious Revisiting, and also a List Of Books that … More God


It’s hot here. HOT. The only place to be on a day like today in a place like this one is a swimming pool. Or indoors, with the air conditioner running. I am Not Happy about this. As I drove down the road today on one of Too Many Errands, I looked at the trees … More Dry


Satellite view 6 June 2007, Nairobi Korogocho is an uneven place. The slum spreads itself across a hillside, and the roads wind and bump their way down into and through it. These roads are not paved, but are red dirt and deeply rutted and, in some places, fairly steep. A little river runs swiftly through … More Korogocho

17 Years

June 23, 1990– June 23, 2007… and counting I’ve been married to him for seventeen years. Lucky me!


There is nothing so awful as a bad peach, and there is nothing so delightful as a Really Good One.


I didn’t hear the doorbell ring, because William was trying to protect my nap. Yes, William, the one who has been sick. He is, Praise Be, much better now– playing and goofing off with his siblings, coughing only very occasionally, fever free, taking his meds. We are very nearly out of the woods, I think. … More Dinner

Writing Africa

I have so much more to say and show you about our trip to Kenya and Tanzania, and I hope to continue to do so over the next days and weeks. But I want to direct you also to the blog of our dear friend Jenny. Her name can be found in the list of … More Writing Africa

The Good, the Bad, and the Absolutely and Completely Insane

I’ll let you guess which is which. Coming home (finally) after 40+ hours of transit, the last stretches of which found you in conversation with a teammate in which you bemoaned the fact that shortly — very shortly– you would have to make or scrounge or somehow miraculously produce food for your family. Yes, coming … More The Good, the Bad, and the Absolutely and Completely Insane