Sunday, November 7, 2010

Leaving Lawra

Holy crapola shit crap! I'm leaving Lawra. 2 years has come and gone. Etc.

As you may know, my introduction to Lawra wasn't so pleasant. I almost died from malaria. It was quite depressing. I suppose it's only appropriate that I leave Lawra on a morbid note.

There was a rather large commotion in town today. Everyone was going to the forest area right by my house to check something out. "What's going on?" I wondered. As I got closer to the what was going on I saw that people were covering their mouths and noses as they were walking. Then people were vomiting and crying. I came to see the body of a woman who hanged herself in the forest, probably the night before. I asked a boy if he knew her and if he knew why she killed herself. He told me that it was her aunt (which in Ghana just means that he knows her) and that she prepared dinner for him just this Friday, and that he hadn't heard from her since.

In Lawra it isn't considered morbid or in bad taste to want to see the body, or even take pictures. In fact, the Ghanaian newspapers often print extremely graphic pictures of things like car accidents, shootings, etc. I'm sure that if it were in America the police would have the scene blocked from the public. But that wasn't the case. So, in the interest of truly integrating I visited the body and took pictures. But, it has been brought to my attention that Americans will probably think it in bad taste to post them. Maybe for the first time in my life I am exercising restraint, so no pictures.

See you guys soon!


Monday, November 1, 2010


Hello again. Sorry I have been so lousy at writing.

Well, I'm almost finished. I leave Lawra in less than 2 weeks. It's intense! Here's a couple pictures of Aisha, my market lady. She's been a good friend to me over the past two years.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Here are a couple of pictures of me with a women's group in a village called Kunyukou. The name "Kunyukuo" means "you don't give a stranger ordinary water". Instead you give them a meal and the fancy water. The name sums up their hospitality pretty well. They're amazingly kind and welcoming.

This women's group has 40 members. The members are mostly ground nut (peanut) farmers and sellers.

Me and my wife, as she calls herself. Watch out Megan, she will fight you.

Me with the group. The man on the far left acts as a translator for me, since they mostly speak Hausa, and not Dagaare.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dogon Trip

Hi again. Megan and I just got back from a trip to Burkina Faso and Mali. It was really amazing. Check out her flickr page to see some of the pics. I ate a caterpillar sandwich in Burkina Faso. That was actually pretty good. And I had yogurt for desert. Yogurt!!! In-fucking-credible! Who knew that yogurt kicked so much ass? I guess if you're deprived of anything for long enough it seems wonderful.

In other news I a grant that I wrote just got approved. I am going to bring someone from the southern part of Ghana to come to Lawra (my village) and teach a group of people living with HIV/AIDS how to do beekeeping. They will also learn how to collect and process honey, and how to make things like honey soap, and candles. The people should be able to use the newly-acquired knowledge of beekeeping as a means of income generation.

take care,


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Things went from this sucks a little bit to: Holy fuck I can't see out of my left eye!!!
My eye swollen shut . . .

Monday, May 31, 2010

Blister Beetles . . .

Those damn blister beetles!

A blister beetle is a little bastard of a bug that is a stupid bastard! If they get up on your skin they secrete a toxin that causes human skin to blister. And is sucks! The secretion causes a blister that pops if you touch it. But once it is popped it releases the puss that makes your skin burn like hell. And somehow, one of those little bastards got on my face last night. And for some reason it went across my eye. So, it got the blistering agent all over my eyelid and around my eye! And now the skin around my eye is starting to peel and swell up. And my eye is starting to feel like it will be swollen shut in about a day or two.

So, apparently that happens here too. Who knew?

take care,

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hello again. It was pointed out to me that I promised to blog more this year, and I have completely broken that promise. Sorry about that. Things are going well for me here. I'm working a lot at the clinic and I really enjoy that. The people are great.

This is a picture of my friend Cletus and me. This is on my front "porch". We just came back from picking a up some supplies in Accra. (A 12 hour 1-way trip).