on an upswing

The past few months have been funky, to say the least. Not only for me but for nearly everyone in my worlds: The US is going through some sort of adolescent tantrum, wrought with resentment, bigotry, and disappointing indications that we haven’t been paying attention in class over the past few hundred years. Somaliland and Somalia…

on Roda, and resilience

Roda invited us into her tea shop, a wooden frame of sticks and crunchy, curled, leaves shading customers from the sun. We had made our way into rural Somaliland for monitoring activities, and at one stop we chatted with Roda, businesswoman and single mother of six. A tea kettle sat on smoking logs, and we sat on woven mats on the ground….

on getting out of the way

Headed into the field last month to check out a few work activities, including the construction of a borehole in a rural village in Somaliland, complete with pump, piping system, and troughs and faucets for livestock and people. The borehole and its components are doing hard work during these dry months, following nearly a year…

on winter in the Horn

‘Tis the season here in Somaliland: winter winds, chilly temperatures, and thick layers of morning fog all around. It’s enough to keep you in bed much later than you intended. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for this moment; last winter surprised and delighted me, cold weather devotee that I am. I hadn’t imagined I…

on a potluck

I left my first job in Somaliland last week, to join a different organization just down the road. Serendipitously, my last day at the old gig coincided with the US Thanksgiving holiday, so all my gratitude was thrown into one bucket. To celebrate, our office hosted a lunch potluck. Some were concerned that things wouldn’t…

on a hunt

somehow, some way, we managed our first official Office Scavenger Hunt. i like to think it was Hargeisa’s first as well. the players arrived early, donned their gear, assembled in teams …