Tagged with Kenya

A traditional head surgeon and Congress


In Kenya I witnessed a grisly operation. Without anesthesia or sterilized instruments, a man took a razorblade and cut into the scalp of a woman’s shaven head. She was seated on the ground, surrounded by her family. The omobari omotwe peeled back her skin. Using a chisel he then scraped the exposed skull for several … Continue reading

What I’ve Learned from a Rock


On my bookshelf I keep three items: a pink stone, an aluminum disk and the seed of a lantana palm. One piece I keep is from Asia. In 1976, near the hamlet of Badaling, in China, I walked, jogged and wandered along the roadway at the top of the Great Wall. Suddenly the passage ended. … Continue reading

Is Living Alone Good for You but Bad for Society?


A social phenomenon is sweeping the world. From Kenya to the UK, people are living alone in increasing numbers. These aren’t temporary situations, like students or recent graduates. In fact, those living alone are more likely to remain in that situation than any other group except married couples. In the US, 28% of all households … Continue reading

Consuming chocolate, tea and coffee responsibly


Here is an article written by my wife, Lyn: Chocolate, Tea and Coffee—Yum! This year my holiday gift list includes chocolate from Madagascar, tea from Kenya, and coffee from Panama, products purchased here in the US that support agriculture in developing countries. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya I learned many things—a new language, … Continue reading

What makes me wonder


On my book shelf are three items: a pink stone, an aluminum disk and the seed of a lantana palm. In 1976, near the hamlet of Badaling, in China, I walked, jogged and wandered along the roadway at the top of the Great Wall. Suddenly the passage ended. Although the Great Wall is 3,000 miles … Continue reading