Posts Tagged: ONE

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For International Women’s Day: On Being a Woman in Agriculture

I’m never quite sure what to say when people ask me what it’s like to be a woman in agriculture. It’s a lot of things; which, I imagine, is akin to being a man in agriculture. It’s all at once easy, difficult, tiring, exhilarating, thankless, rewarding, frustrating, motivating and… overall, kind of awesome. Sometimes it’s… Read more »

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One Year Later + FashionABLE Celebrates Three!

Just over a year ago, when I stepped onto African soil for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect. What followed were ten days that still rank among the best in my life; not necessarily for what happened there, but for what has happened since. Shortly after we returned from Ethiopia we received… Read more »

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A Mother’s Day Gift That Gives Back

Last fall, in the blur of days that followed our return from Ethiopia, there was one piece of news from our trip that trumped all others. In an email from the owner of Live Fashionable, a scarf maker we’d visited in Addis Ababa we learned that the company was able to hire not one, not… Read more »

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When Worlds Collide

Meet Mihret. One day last week this adorable little girl’s mom called me about buying feeder pigs. At the time, neither of us knew we had a reason to discuss Mihret. She’d seen an ad for the pigs, one not tied to our website, and I don’t make it a habit to screen potential pig… Read more »

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In It To End It: World Aids Day 12

For the next couple of weeks ONE is running a video campaign in honor of World Aids Day (which is officially today, December 1.) I’ve stepped outside of my comfort zone and made a quick video explaining why, though the fight against AIDs was not a particularly moving issue for me in the past, it… Read more »

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Putting It In Action: Lobbying with ONE

One of my biggest fears coming back from Ethiopia was that I wouldn’t be able to do something of worth with what I’d learned. You travel halfway around the world and have this tremendous, life-changing experience and then when you return home it’s not always immediately evident how you can incorporate that experience into your… Read more »

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ONE + Ethiopia: The Quick-and-Dirty Guide

Today, something really exciting is happening for both ONE and myself. Our local newspaper, The Lansing State Journal, is featuring a front page story about ONE, my work with them, and our trip to Ethiopia. Front page! So, with apologies to those regular readers who have seen all of this before, I want to give… Read more »

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Conservative Thoughts On The Fiscal Cliff & Foreign Aid

Last summer, in a last ditch attempt at spurring the budgetary super committee to action on the crushing federal deficit, an agreement was reached in Washington D.C. That agreement — known officially as the Budget Control Act, and unofficially as The Sequester – combined with impending tax hikes as a result of congress’ inability to… Read more »

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On The 6.8 Million

Group Gathers for Nutrition Demo, Copyright Karen Walrond Sitting among the women (and few curious men) who’d gathered around an old desk, under a tree, in the front yard of a rural health post outside Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, I felt strangely at home. We’d all come to learn — them about cooking, us about them… Read more »