The Africa Season

I am because we are.

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 →


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 →


When I first arrived in Kenya, The Shelter site boasted this one baby boy.  He was the prince of the entire compound.  He has the temperament of an 80 year old man.  Habitually serious, his smile in this picture is... Continue Reading →

Elaine’s guide to a positive pit-latrine experience.

Life in Kenya has offered me many unique experiences that I never ever (EVER) dreamed of having.  How to survive, and perhaps even enjoy, a pit latrine is the first I'd like to share. Be a man- literally, if you're... Continue Reading →

If at first.

I had the opportunity to go to Mombasa for a long weekend.  I'm not a beach person.  But, I've never seen the Indian Ocean and it seems like something to cross off a list.  Because I'm not a beach person,... Continue Reading →

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