Saturday, March 25, 2017


I came across this video earlier this year. It’s just over 11 minutes long. I found it hard to watch in the light of the current drought conditions in Kenya.  

Check out the beautiful imagery. I am fascinated by how composed and graceful these women look under these circumstances. The portraits of the Maasai women by Marc Haers are fantastic. I especially like the group portraits (at 7:23 and 7:37 min.). These people have been working so hard to stave off drought.  

"Let’s 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

Project by: Justdiggit

Interviews by: 
Safi Graauw

Cinematography by:  Marc Haers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

World Water Day

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. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Smog of the Sea

Applied foot moisturizer for dry skin on sole. Massaged some hand cream into palm. Realized dryness on lips. Applied lip balm. 

Done in reverse order, there would be some lip balm residue on my hand and foot which would be way better than having some sole softener on my lips. Well, no cracked lips in a while -- guaranteed. 

Having some minuscule amount of foot balm on my lips is not a big deal. What bothers me though that these skin care products come in single-use plastic containers. 

The Smog of the Sea is a documentary about plastic pollution. Click on the title below for more information. 

Writer/Editor/Director: Ian Cheney
Cinematography by: Ian Cheney & Jack Johnson
Duration: 30 min.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Cat's Dream

The 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.

I 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. 

After 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.