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More Than A Library

“A library is an optional extra.” So said my husband last year during the Passports with Purpose fundraiser. I didn’t have a meaningful come-back. When I was growing up there were some books in my house but not many and certainly not a lot of extra money to feed my bookworm habits. Our Saturday morning Read the Rest…

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A School Playground Sign in Zambia

I have two sons: one 12, one 16. If I had the time I’m sure I could write for a day on the differences between life for a tween/teen in Zambia versus the life my children are lucky to live in Seattle. Instead of all those words, the top picture, of a playground sign in Read the Rest…

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Seattle to Lusaka: Cognative Dissonance

I returned from Zambia barely 48 hours ago. I’m happy to be home with my family. I enjoyed being fussed by my boys on Mother’s Day. But. Today I’m back at work. My stomach is tied in knots and I’m nauseous. I work for Google. I like working for Google. I usually enjoy what I Read the Rest…

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Lusaka Bus Station

On our last day in Zambia I had a family errand to run in a town called Mazabuka about two hours south of Lusaka. Initially I’d planned to hire a taxi although given that the half-hour taxi ride from the airport into Lusaka cost ~$25, I was worried that my round-trip to Mazabuka would be Read the Rest…

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Lusaka Experience Township Tour

We spent yesterday morning on the three-hour tour of the Garden Compound (township) hosted by the inspirational folks from Lusaka Experience. This neighborhood of 26,000 people crammed onto unserviced, unpaved streets where their 2-room cinder block homes are built on what was once a garden is an example of the environment where most of Lusaka’s Read the Rest…

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Seattle to Lusaka: First Impressions of Zambia

I may pretend to be a blogger/writer but really I’m a list-maker. Honestly, any time you’ve read a blog post that I’ve written there’s a 99% chance that it started it’s life as a list. Here’s a sample of the lists I’ve written about Lusaka and Zambia in the last 24-48 hours (links to stats Read the Rest…

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Seattle to Lusaka: Zambia Family Ties

Now that I’m in Lusaka, and before our visit with the Room to Read people starts, I thought I should explain the other reason for my excitement and interest in being here: my husband and four of his siblings were born here. The lived in the very region that I will be visiting over the Read the Rest…

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