UPDATE FOR MAY 2018 Another month has come and gone in Mada. So much is happening in any given month that it’s hard to keep up or put into words what we experience. This month we’ll just try to show a few pictures. I hope these pictures are worth a thousand words. HOW YOU CAN … More Whew!
The sound of birds this morning in my yard was startling. The creative calls, vast in spectrum and diverse in tones, even when recorded could not adequately depict the setting. We live in a town on a busy street, and yet the choir of birds was unreal. I should have been on safari, then the melodic … More CUE THE BIRDSONG
The year I was born, 1976, a meeting took place between producer John Heyman and Bill Bright to discuss a project to put the entire Bible on film. The project was eventually scaled back to only one book of the Bible, Luke. The result of that project—the Jesus film. The film has since been translated … More GRANDPA’S GENERATOR
I have a philosophy that has proved to be very helpful for my life in Madagascar. HAVE LOW EXPECTATIONS. When my expectations are low, my stress level stays under control. A fifteen minute stop at the bank. Nope. Expect three hours and be pleasantly surprised when it only takes two. A quick trip to … More MANAGING EXPECTATIONS
Katie shared her Nutty Bar with me this morning, I had a cup of coffee at the hotel, we hopped in the truck and, voila! we were off to Tulear. We had spent a long day driving on Tuesday after packing a moving truck and two Land Cruisers. After a night in Ranohira we only … More IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY
Madagascar (Mada) is roughly the size of Texas, and just like the United States, Mada has major “highways” for traveling North, South, East, and West. However, the road conditions in Mada are not quit the same. #1 Cattle: In America you may slam on your brakes for the occasional deer, or if you’re from our … More TOP TEN REASONS WHY DRIVING IN MADA IS DIFFERENT
Language learning – Learning a language is a lot like solving the following quantum mechanics equation that I stole from the internet (if you are a quantum mechanics major, I apologize for insulting your intelligence with the use of such a “simple” equation): The deuteron is a nucleus of “heavy hydrogen” consisting of one proton … More HIGHLIGHTS FROM MADA
I woke up on Friday with an overwhelming passion for the day. Friday was going to be different. Friday, I could sense, was going to be special. We had spent our first week in Antsaribe researching the differences in Malagasy culture. I was intrigued by the similarities. To my surprise what people do in Madagascar … More FRIDAY MORNING