came across this video earlier this year. It’s
just over 11 minutes long. I
found it hard to watch
the light of the current drought conditions in Kenya.
out the beautiful imagery. I
am fascinated by how composed
and graceful these
women look under
of the Maasai women
by Marc Haersare
fantastic. I especially like
group portraits (at 7:23 and 7:37 min.). These people have been
working so hard to stave off drought.
think about the small things and the small places that you cannot
reach, but can affect you. That are seriously affected by climate
change." Benson Leyian Jusdiggit Project Coordinator
I feel privileged not to have experienced water rationing in my life. Today is World Water Day; a call to be more water-savvy and a reminder as well that not all are so lucky.It's hard to grasp that there are those for whom every drop counts as they struggle to get their daily needs met.
This year's theme is wastewater; something I try to keep to a minimum by using just as much water as needed. My biggest water-saving practice is capturing gray water when doing laundry.
slippers came by mail neatly stuffed in an oversize envelope. Velvety
soft to the touch and adored with pom-poms, they were designed for
maximum comfort. I call them A cat’s dream.
had a cat encounter of the first kind on the street last week. There
was this gray, ball-like creature sunbathing on the concrete ledge of
a fence looking at me as I approached.
capturing my full and undivided attention, the next trick the cat did
was to dance around my leg. Then it paused to look up at me. A second
later I'd find myself stroking it, at which point I realized that I am
not a cat person. “I am not a cat person,” I told the cat. It
ignored me. It then promptly repeated the experiment by performing
its eel-like moves again and posed -- as if for a camera. “Wow.
What a show. I must be special,” I thought as I left.
Festive earrings made of craft wire. The design comes from an old book. Following the step-by-step instructions was the easy part. It was hard enough on my wrist to make the coils, but the real challenge was to make them look identical. I ended up making a few extra pieces to match. None are identical, just close enough. In most cases, it’s the same with our ears; they can be slightly different in size and shape. Earrings are to emphasize symmetry and they can be more fun to make than wear. I can see lots of plier marks on the coils.
It happened in the middle of the summer on a weekday in the early morning hours. I can’t recall what I was wearing that day except for the sisal bag and the straw hat. The hat was new. The bag was slightly used -- a lucky find from a nearby thrift store.
was alone taking a stroll downtown at
a popular holiday destination. In my bag were a water bottle, a shopping listand a small amount of change.As I walked, I
heard footsteps behind me and
slowed down to let the person pass.It
also slowed his pace.
he finally passed
a sharp turn and grabbed
my bag by
couldn’t believe what was happening.
I just acted
on instinct. Since sisal
doesn’t slip easily, I
get a good
grip on the straps.
We now were face-to-face pulling the bag
was steady on his legs
as if hesitating over
his next move. I
he tried to overpower me. It
I was no match to him.My
was still in one piece; with
opposing forces exerted
on it, the
sisal wouldn’t break.
that point, I thought I should let him have it.
was a construction site nearby and the
the commotion. They couldn’t have seen what was going on and they decided to find it out.
the man eased his pull and
let go of the bag.
took a few steps
away as if nothing happened.
Just around that time,
from the construction
the scene. Once
back to work. The
experience left me shaken
was too upset to say anything.
to the pulling contest, the slots
the straps were attached to the bag seemed
to bea bit
wider now. Other
than that, there was no visible damage on the sisal.