Monthly Archives: January 2017

Dreams and hope in Swaziland

“Start doing things you love” is one of my favorite lines from the Holstee Manifesto.   It is one of the reasons why I am here in Swaziland in the first place. When I graduated with an MPH, I really … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Pin the tail on the elephant 

In December I helped a vacation bible school plan a fun day. I helped organize some carny games that the children really enjoyed.  My favorite game was pin the tail on the elephant, which I made myself.     We also … Continue reading

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The chicken diaries: The first day of freedom

I became a parent to two chickens I named Sitfwatfwa (snow) and Thandi (love) in January 2017. This is their story.  My chickens were released from time out thanks to Thandi’s escape tactics.  I had just removed the jerry can … Continue reading

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What’s in a Swazi name?

Sisi, greet this person. Sisi, greet this person. Sisi, greet this person. I was receiving a tour of my soon-to-be home and community from my eldest sisi, and she wanted to make sure I made a good impression that day. … Continue reading

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The chicken diaries: Time out

I became a parent to two chickens I named Sitfwatfwa (snow) and Thandi (love) in January 2017. This is their story.  My chickens spent a week in time out because of their flight risk. Apparently, chickens just want to go … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Me and my chickens

I told my tutor that I wished someone who lived near us sold eggs. A few days later, she showed up at my house saying she bought me chickens.  My response was something like, “Uh, I don’t know how to … Continue reading

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There’s more to me and America than what Swazis know from TV

We are all guilty of knowing and assuming a single story about a group of people, their homeland, and their culture and traditions. Before coming to Swaziland, I knew very little about this tiny country in southern Africa. I knew … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Swazi Candles

One of the most famous local products on the tourist route are candles shaped like animals.  Swazi Candles is in Malkerns, and the complex houses shops for many other locally-made products and crafts.      The candles are actually pretty … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: A green lollipop

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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What’s cooking: Cinnamon apple custard pie

I first made this pie for Thanksgiving a few years ago when looking for something different to try. I made a few changes to the original recipe, including using a sugar cookie crust instead of a regular pie crust. This … Continue reading

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