Sunday, November 18, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

For the record...


The birthday cake
Originally uploaded by jenicra84
I have now owned my MacBookPro for one (glorious and blissful) year. To this date, it has never, ever, not ONCE given me the blue screen of death (which I understand is actually a black screen of death in the Mac world, not that I would personally know).

"You know how I know you love your Mac?"

"'Cuz you made a birthday cake in commemoration. "

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Three Months

That is approximately how long it takes to miss a place that takes everything out of you in a wonderfully heart-crushing way.

I'm ready to go back now.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Olfactory Memories

While walking home from work this afternoon, I caught a familiar scent. I was underneath an overpass and a big old truck had just passed by, leaving a black cloud behind. There were pigeons roosting in the eaves and pigeon poop covering the ground. I could smell the fumes from a nearby painting project. It smelled just like the heart of Accra.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I'm so flippin' famous


I know it's been kind of a radio silence here since I got home. This site was put up for a specific purpose, a purpose that has kind of ended (obviously). I'm not ruling out posting here in the future when the mood strikes me, but I'm not going to be updating constantly. However, the hometown newspaper did write a feature on my trip, so I thought I'd link to it here. Having actually written a few newspaper articles in my day, I was a little wary of the entire thing, because I know how hard it is to give an accurate portrayal with the snippets you get from an interview. Michelle did a really excellent job, though, (as I knew she would, have worked under her tyrannical reign at the Warrior Spirit) and I was very pleased. The only tiny error would be that the orphanage is actually in Ve-Deme, within Ghana's Volta Region. If any Lebanonites/children of the freakin' editor of the paper have a chance to get me a hard copy, it'd be much appreciated.

Lebanon grad teaches in Ghana

Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Sounds of Kente

Here are a couple of videos of boys weaving kente cloth at Tafi Abuipe. Not only is it amazing to watch them do this, but it sounds neat too.
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African Drumming

Another quick video, this one of some of the boys at the Volta Home School. They are drumming during the Wednesday morning religious service. Despite my dislike of the church services, I loved hearing the kids singing and drumming. You'll get a taste of it here. video