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The Africa Season

I am because we are.

Moving in Kenya: only the traffic stops.

In my family, we used to say that Dad had a five-year-itch when it came moving houses. I went to college and my parents stayed for sixteen+ years in their current home. We realized that we moved every five years... Continue Reading →

Stop the Strive

While on silent retreat in mid-December, I visited an art gallery. Yes, the convent/working farm/dairy/retreat center is also home to an art gallery. The second story viewing space proudly displays the work of Sister Jeanne who tells stories through metal,... Continue Reading →

Just a Camaro in the woods.

"I've got you in a 2018 red Camaro."  The Hertz employee, Mike, didn't look up from his computer screen. "Yeah, right!"  I snorted.  I'm thirty-two.  You can't fool me.  I know the manager-choice option through Expedia gave me access to... Continue Reading →

The name of your cabin is... Tears pricked my eyes as I stood alone in an airport and read the first line of an email confirming my reservation at a silent retreat center in Kentucky, "The name of your cabin... Continue Reading →

That time I traveled 8000 miles for my favorite holiday and spent it sick in bed.

I'm always learning new things about myself. Plumbing the depths, as it were.   I listened to a podcast episode that posited our personalities are constantly changing.  Personality, you know, the thing people get married for, befriend others for, commit... Continue Reading →

Look Up Child

I've been facedown in the dirt of my expectation and hope for about 10 months. I'm not standing back up yet.  But I may be in a seated position, clearing my head, looking around, taking deep breaths.  Taking stock.  I'm... Continue Reading →

Elaine’s guide to a positive Kenyan driving experience.

When asked what I miss the most about the US, I know I should say my family or my friends.  "Food" might even be an acceptable response.  But the truth is: I miss the roads.  I went to university 10.5... Continue Reading →

Grieving

A child died. He got sick so fast.  We took him to two different hospitals.   He fought for a week.  His heart stopped and the doctors couldn't get it started again. The rains came the day he died.  They... Continue Reading →

The Land of a Thousand Hills

Africa is a continent comprised of 54 independent countries.  Let me humbly confess that while understanding this intellectually, in practice I thought all African countries were pretty much the same.  So embarrassing.  I have nothing but total ignorance and prejudice... Continue Reading →

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