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Kolkata/Calcutta & Mother Teresa’s Memory

Kolkata, India brims over with humanity. Arteries clogged with traffic, shirtless men asleep on the side walks, markets smelling of

The Killing Fields Memories of Cambodia

I hope my readers won’t weary of this series of blogs on Cambodia just yet. I’d like to share a

Cambodia—Boom Economy in 2013, But What Comes Next?

Feb 2013 One of the contrasts between working in Kenya in the late 1990s and working with several Asian countries

Mr. Mao—A Great Teacher and a Great Farmer

Mr Mao has been an inspiration to me and literally thousands of farmers in Cambodia and other countries because he leads by example.

Sugar Palm Trees of Cambodia

When you travel in southern Cambodia in January or February you see long, skinny bamboo poles tied up on the

Finding Water in a Dry Place: Witching/Divining

In eastern Sumba, Indonesia finding water for life can be an unimaginable challenge. A few weeks ago we met villagers whose daily struggle for water included a 3 mile walk and an incredible “rock climb.” To reach water in a sheer-cliff ravine they had to walk at least an hour and then descend about 100 feet down a nearly vertical cliff. At the bottom are 3 small pools of water: one for drinking, one for water for animals and one for washing clothes.

A Development Dynamo: Rahkmat—Changing the Hearts of People

A few weeks ago I met  Rahkmat on the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia.   Sumba can be sad Sumba.  It was always a fragile island ecosystem, but now the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean currents have made the rains even more erratic than before.   Two years ago they had another of their recurring hunger years and we gave food relief. So, it was a joy to meet up with a man who exudes optimism and hope in this place.

Amaranth: A Help in Uganda and a Hit with the Kids in Michigan

The name of the plant is amaranth. It’s a high protein grain that has a wonderful balance of amino acids.

I’m Glad I Went to Burkina Faso to See My Son Josh

My son, Josh in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. I’m glad that I went there to be with him

The Joy of Having a Friend Who Continues Creatively Working with Ideas You Share Together

Alfonso Vallejos has been a friend to me since the mid-1980s. For about 5 years he worked with me while