Three years ago today I left California to begin the journey with Peace Corps Namibia that I have enjoyed chronicling on this blog.
Since closing my service and returning to the US in December, I have been searching for my next adventure – an opportunity that would give me the same level of fulfillment that I enjoyed in Arandis.
I considered a return to the corporate world, buying another company, moving into non-profit organization management and even retirement. I only knew for sure that I wanted to be here in San Jose with my love – relocation wasn’t an option. I’m happy to share with you today that I found it…
Continue reading “My next adventure…”
This weekend marks the first anniversary of my arrival to Arandis. Yes, the time is flying by and I’m loving it as much as always!
Nothing illustrates the uniqueness of a culture as the way in which momentous personal events are celebrated: births, weddings and deaths. Last week was filled with a number of gatherings to celebrate Kawii’s life. This post shares in words, photos, video and audio clips, a bit of what I experienced as we celebrated his life and bid him farewell.
Continue reading “Saying goodbye”
Thank you for your warm and thoughtful comments in response to my post about this tragic loss. The community of Arandis and the entire Erongo Region celebrates the life of Kawii: there are informal gatherings, public memorials, and religious services throughout the week as we mourn the loss of this very special man.
Continue reading “In Memorium: Manfred “Kawii” Murangi”
Tonight, I learned of the passing of my dear friend and Arandis work colleague, Manfred (Kawii) Murangi.
He was the first person in Arandis that I met last June and, as a close colleague in the Town Council, he was my guide to all things Namibian. He will be sadly missed. And he will never walk alone!
Greetings from Africa – I wish you all the best in 2017!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas and joyous holiday season!
Now I have to find a way to explain to my Namibian friends and colleagues (as well as myself) just what the US election results mean.
My entire adult life as been devoted to building bridges to people from other countries around the globe. Attending university, living, working and traveling overseas, I believe in inclusiveness – and in leading by example. That commitment remains unchanged today.
After sharing it with my Namibian friends and colleagues, and (once again) discussing our electoral process, I was proud to fax in my absentee ballot today. Voter participation here and in most other new countries is much higher than in the US. We must lead by example, particularly this year!
Continue reading “Exercise your right to vote! Much of the world doesn’t have it…”
After 9 weeks of PST, we were sworn in today by the US Ambassador as official Peace Corps volunteers in Namibia. Continue reading “We’re Namibia’s newest Peace Corps volunteers!”