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Camp Mariposas - Day 4

Camp Mariposas — Day 4

Health Day was a lot of fun, exclud­ing the impor­tant the pre­sen­ta­tion about sex­u­al health and con­tra­cep­tion. It was inter­est­ing, and I was very hap­py that the girls were ask­ing a lot of ques­tions, but I’m not sure that fun is the right word. Taek­won­do class was a blast though. A teacher from a local school came with 4 of her stu­dents....
Camp Mariposas - the Graduation

Camp Mariposas — the Graduation

The only group pic­ture known to exist with your tru­ly includ­ed. Ah, the per­ils of being the des­ig­nat­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er, a posi­tion that I love, but I did have to round up the whole group at the end of the pic­ture-tak­ing ses­sion because I didn’t have a sin­gle group pic­ture with myself includ­ed. I am so proud to have been a part of...
Camp Mariposas - Day 3

Camp Mariposas — Day 3

Well, as expect­ed, I’m falling far­ther and far­ther behind in my efforts to edit and upload pho­tos each day. The days are get­ting longer as we slow­ly pull out of win­ter and as each day’s activ­i­ties and the evening dra­ma of the camp extends into my sleep time. I’m actu­al­ly tak­ing the week­end off to...
Camp Mariposas - Day 2

Camp Mariposas — Day 2

The girl’s made it through the first night with­out inci­dent or injury in their dor­mi­to­ries. We owe the chap­er­ones stay­ing with the girls big time. Day 2 was packed full, start­ing with yoga at 8:00am and then with pre­sen­ta­tions about self-esteem, crit­i­cal think­ing, and body image. All the camp par­tic­i­pants took a fair­ly inten­sive ver­sion of the...
Camp Mariposas - Day 1

Camp Mariposas — Day 1

I’m going to repeat some Face­book infor­ma­tion here because not every­one uses, or needs to use, that par­tic­u­lar site (or be con­nect­ed to me on that site). How­ev­er, I can give more back­ground and infor­ma­tion here. For this whole week, I’m help­ing at a friend’s lead­er­ship and empow­er­ment camp for young women here in Mex­i­co. The full...
That's quite a TB test you have there...

That’s quite a TB test you have there…

At first, I was going to take a few shots because it was such an eye-catch­ing cir­cle that the lab drew on my arm, and why not? It’s sur­pris­ing­ly hard to take a good shot of the near-elbow region of your own arm, so the chal­lenge was inter­est­ing. The oth­er spot out­side the cir­cle is where they drew...
Let's talk about tequila

Let’s talk about tequila

I’m not one to pre­tend to have done any research. There are some inter­est­ing Mex­i­can cul­ture and culi­nary blogs out there, and you can google the sto­ry of tequi­la as well as I can. What I would like to present today is my expe­ri­ence in the tequi­la aisle at a slight­ly upscale liquor store here in town. My...
To all my running shoes, thank you for your service

To all my running shoes, thank you for your service

I was recent­ly asked how I keep my san­i­ty here. My auto­mat­ic answer is that I run. A lot, by some mea­sures. On my run last evening I real­ized that I’ve been run­ning to some extent for the last 10 years. Noth­ing else helps me as much main­tain emo­tion­al sta­bil­i­ty and han­dle stress. This has nev­er been more true...
Craft break

Craft break

While killing some time dur­ing a day of sur­veys for the stove SPA project, we stopped out­side a small shop in town. I was wait­ing in the car look­ing through the door at an array of sweaters and blan­kets on the walls while our coun­ter­part when in to talk to some­one. It was too intrigu­ing to not take...
The Some Birds

The Some Birds

The title is in hon­or of my good friends and the great times vis­it­ing them, and even help­ing them with a work event. The tequi­la and movie-going were fan­tas­tic, but I also had a good time work­ing at the city park where they were assigned and try­ing to wran­gle group after group of teenagers to lis­ten to a short...
Take the good with the smoky

Take the good with the smoky

And oth­er lessons being learned in the stove project. We are in the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion phase doing a final round of sur­veys to try to quan­ti­fy fuel sav­ings after a few months with the effi­cient wood-burn­ing stoves. Since the fam­i­lies typ­i­cal­ly only buy wood once or twice a year, we switched to mea­sur­ing wood usage for cook­ing...
Marvelous Mexican Mountains - Malinche

Marvelous Mexican Mountains — Malinche

If only that title was also a palin­drome, that would be like infin­i­ty in word-nerd points. How­ev­er, even with­out a per­fect nerd score, it was won­der­ful to get back to the moun­tains with a lit­tle light moun­taineer­ing and an intense hik­ing day. We start­ed a lit­tle after 9am and made it to the top in a bit under 4 hours. The...