Posts Tagged: ONEMoms

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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 »

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Thousands

It’s not until you find a man, tucked into the picturesque folds of an Ethiopian mountainside, threshing Barley by hand, a veritable scene straight from the Bible, that you realize exactly what it takes to feed a family in the rural areas of a third world country. And it’s not until the day after you… Read more »

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Re-Entry + Favorite Scenes from Ethiopia, Part 1

Yesterday, after almost thirty hours of travel, I stepped foot in my own home for the first time in a week and a half. It’s good to be back, but also surreal. Even the sounds of the hogs feel foreign, and today, as I drove to the mill to pick up a batch of feed,… Read more »

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Ethiopia, Day 3-6: Complexity + Sounds of Africa

For the past few days in Ethiopia, I’ve been struck by the recurring theme of complexity in the issues we’re encountering. If there’s anything I can tell you absolutely for sure it’s that there is no simple fix to the problems plaguing the people of Sub-Saharan Africa, and most especially Ethiopia. Though the organizations on… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Day 2, Hope + FashionABLE Giveaway

Coming into this trip I knew I would walk away a changed woman. I prepared myself as well as possible for the extreme poverty, the hunger, the disease. I tried to learn a little Amharic, the most common of the more than eighty languages spoken here. I even tried the traditional food of Ethiopia. And… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Day 1

Addis Ababa, View from My Hotel Room I wish I had something profound to tell you, but I’m still mostly speechless. ¬†We arrived yesterday afternoon after a five hour flight delay in DC and thirteen hours in the air and immediately headed out to Mary Joy Development Association. The kids put on incredible shows for… Read more »

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Miscellany: Final Stretch Packing & Jitters

I feel, very suddenly, like you’re all coming here for something profound; something I can’t deliver. And I’ve been quiet as a result. I’m packing today, seems as good a day as any. You know, given I leave tomorrow. I’m still not sure I have everything I will need. Or even most things I will… Read more »