The beginnings of Dreamshare

Dreams are the foundation of all hope. Dreams grow in us, fill our hearts, give us courage, and lead us into the future. Dreams make us believe in the possibilities of tomorrow. (from sharemydream.org) It’s amazing what you learn when you ask children what their…

Hakuna matata, the Kilimanjaro way

Ordinarily, I’m not one for bragging since I think it errors on the side of pathetic. But I must be in the lower percentile of people who have managed what I did yesterday, so brag I will: I was carried (technically, pushed and bounced) down…

When in Tanzania…

I will be a happy person two weeks from today — I will have come off climbing a gigantic mountain with no less than all my limbs still attached, 10 toes and fingers, and nothing bitten by frost. Colin will be arriving in Tanzania, I’ll…

There is a mountain high enough

If you were going to *start* hiking mountains, which mountain would you choose for your first adventure? A. Mt. Eden (Auckland, New Zealand)- 643 feet B. Mt. Rainier (Seattle, Washington, USA) – 14,411 feet C. Mt. Kilimanjaro (Arusha, Tanzania) — 19,341 feet The correct answer…

Dear Malawi (#450-458)

When I’m not busy sleeping or indulging in in-flight entertainment as I fly over a particularly large piece of ocean, I can be bothered staring or reflecting. Sometimes there is no difference between the two. I have voted this flight from Johannesburg to Sydney the…

Recipe for breaking the cycle of poverty, as I saw it

I don’t much follow recipes. It’s how come my brownies always turn out extra chocolatey, my 12-muffin batch into 17 , and my spaghetti sauce hints at cinnamon. I save a lot of recipes though. I recently took 14 photos of recipes from a single…

Haiti changed me

A very appropriate topic for day 12 of #Janblogaday: Recovery. Today, three years ago, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti… the country’s worst earthquake in 200 years affecting more than 3 million people. (Writing from LAX on my phone…  forgive any mistakes)….