• Changing Pedagogy

    It’s been nearly two months since I last sat down to express the enormity of working in Tanzania. My emotions have soared and plummeted, only to soar again the next week. But, as though through the eye of a scientist, I am learning to: slow down, study with a questioning eye the ponderous inefficiencies, observe the general patterns and tendencies, and take note of the possible ways I can make small wedges to widen the potential for positive shifts. In…

  • Sky is the Limit mural

    Mungere Secondary School

    My dream is now my reality. I still keep pinching myself. I live in Tanzania! This country is so beautiful. From the smiling children out herding goats and cows to the amazing students at Mungere Secondary School where I work, to the undulating golden grasses, Acacia trees and the ever-present green backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Every day is a wonder. First Three Weeks Outside my window, I hear a light fluttering as the wind filters through the…

  • Hitting Refresh!

    I’m hitting the Refresh button yet again. But this time I am pursuing a life-long dream. I’m headed to Tanzania, Africa. For most of my life, I have wanted to help people in developing countries, with the continent of Africa being the illusive cherry on top. While I did get a short opportunity to dip my toe into the beautiful continent when I briefly worked in Nigeria, I was at an American school with primarily foreign students from the embassies.…

  • HASH

    Hash House Harriers

    When I was living and working in Abuja, Nigeria, I was introduced to a fun running/walking group called the Hash House Harriers. This crazy, fun group was made up of people from all over the world. Expats and Nigerians alike. While mighty hot, we did our darndest to follow the trail and make it to the top. Hash, A History In 1938, in what is now called Malaysia, a group of British officers started meeting on Monday afternoons to go…

  • Hiking to the Top of the World

    Hiking to the Top of the World

    I made it to the “Top of the World.” It wasn’t as high as I thought it would be, just 4,500 feet. And amazingly, getting there only took 2 hours. All kidding aside, hiking in the Sierras was like a deep sigh; my mind relaxed, my eyes opened wide, my breath grew deep and my muscles stretched out long. While much of the US was relaxing for the Labor Day weekend in backyards with friends, bbqs and beers, I decided…

  • Maya

    Maya Temples

    Over the years, I have had the joy of visiting many temples of the Maya, mostly when I was living in Guatemala. They were all magnificent and intriguing. But my favorite was and still remains Tikal. Maybe because I spent a lot of time there. I have also visited Yaxchilan, Ceibal, Copan, El Mirador, Bonampok, Dos Pilas, Naj Tunich, Uaxactun to name just a few. When you live in-country, you get the opportunity to really explore. So fun. Tikal, in…