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The Widow

The series The Widow on Amazon Video is getting a lot of chatter. Some people find it offensive. The people who don’t like it take offense partly at the dialogue, partly at Kate Beckinsale’s hair and makeup, and partly because they feel the story plays into the white savior theme. I disagree on most of this. The one part I agree on is that the bronzer was a little heavy and that the ponytail was annoying on Ms. Beckinsale. But that’s it. On the important part of the story, I totally disagree. I found the story and the characters nuanced and complex. If you know anything about current events in the Democratic Republic of Congo, you will know that much of the dialogue is realistic and that the story line is accurate as to what’s going on there. As someone living in Africa (albeit in Kenya), well aware of what’s going on in surrounding countries, with a husband who works for UNHCR, and having worked in financial inclusion (interacting with many NGOs), I can tell …

Paul Ryan Needs Postcards

A note about Paul Ryan: Democratically elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has turned off all of his public telephones and fax machines due to overwhelming protests in favor of Obamacare/ACA, Planned Parenthood, and Medicare, other issues such as tax returns, etc. He is also turning away voters delivering signed petitions. And he refuses to hold any town hall meetings.  Please mail postcards to his HOME address: Paul Ryan 700 St. Lawrence Ave. Janesville, WI 53545 Please paste and copy this info and share. Let’s see what 67 million cards in the driveway looks like.

US Election

I am still in shock. I can’t write about this yet. I need a couple days to process all the feelings (fear, sadness, dismay, horror). In the meantime, posts about Zanzibar will be coming. I’ll have my post-election write up sometime next week.  Now, I’m pouring myself a glass of whisky. 

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This U.S. election is very important this year. My fellow Americans abroad, please make sure to vote. Rules vary state by state, but it’s not that difficult. In fact, even if you no longer have residency in any state, you can still vote in the presidential election. I just learned of a website that very clearly guides you through the overseas voting process: Check it out. Also, you go to for more details state by state. It’s not too late to get the process going so that you are eligible to vote. Do it today if you’re not already set up for this. Your vote matters!