Monthly Archives: October 2011

Clubfoot Life Lessons

A few weeks ago, the CURE hospital in Niger hosted a seminar on clubfoot at our hospital, as part of the CURE Clubfoot Worldwide program. We brought in a number of medical professionals from other hospitals here in Niger for … Continue reading

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A few more proverbs I have overheard. 1. One day the donkey and the mule were hanging out together, and the donkey had an idea: “Hey,” the donkey said to the mule, “lets pretend to be sick today so we … Continue reading

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Last weekend we took a boat ride on the Niger River to see some hippos! I thought it would be a quick, whirlwind trip, but no, it was a very relaxed, 3 hour cruise through the gigantic river! It was … Continue reading

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Talitha Kumi

I’m still kind of stuck on Mark, but that’s ok. I see it as more of a theme than a rut, plus I keep making so many connections between things I have read in Mark and things that I see/hear … Continue reading

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Home is where the slip ‘n slide is

We moved into our house a week ago and it’s been wonderful. Our shipment hasn’t come yet, but we have the basics that we need to get by. Or almost! We’ve stuffed clothes into pillow cases to make padding for … Continue reading

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Great House

I just finished reading Great House by Nicole Krauss, and I really liked it. Her writing reminds me of W. G. Sebald, for a number of reasons. Granted, the only Sebald I have read is Austerlitz, but they are strikingly … Continue reading

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Addendum to Apples

Julie gave Abdou some apples, and he said he was going to take them home to his kids. Also, we found out that apples do cost 1,500 CFA. They are imported from Benin.

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It keeps happening. Over and over again. Just when I think I have finally figured this place out, that I have a real grip on reality and know, more or less, what goes on here, something happens that totally bowls … Continue reading

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The Hospital’s One Year Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the CURE hospital here in Niger. We had a pretty regular workday, and then in the evening everyone came (with their families) and we had a big party. It was a lot of … Continue reading

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Nigerien Licenses

We got our Nigerien driver’s licenses a couple days ago! It was actually a simple process. We didn’t have to take any tests to get licensed. All we had to do was trade in our foreign ones for Nigerien ones. … Continue reading

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