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It’s Hammer Time! (Bird Three)

After I found out I would be going to Ethiopia (Ethiopia, Huh? That wasn’t listed on the wiki!) one of the first things I did was go online and order a book, a guide to birds of the Horn of

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It’s Hammer Time! (Bird Three)

After I found out I would be going to Ethiopia (Ethiopia, Huh? That wasn’t listed on the wiki!) one of the first things I did was go online and order a book, a guide to birds of the Horn of

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Product Placement

One of the more appreciable aspects of life in Ethiopia, as compared to the United States, is the freedom from overwhelming commercialism and “marketing” in seemingly all spheres of life. Advertising circulars, restaurants that decorate their walls with images of

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Product Placement

One of the more appreciable aspects of life in Ethiopia, as compared to the United States, is the freedom from overwhelming commercialism and “marketing” in seemingly all spheres of life. Advertising circulars, restaurants that decorate their walls with images of

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons / DickDaniels (http://carolinabirds.org/)

Bird Two

Unsure of which bird to profile this next, a did an informal poll of selected friends and acquaintances via text message. Some were very specific in their responses (G. likes the Malachite Kingfisher; B. is partial to the Black-winged Lovebird).

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons / DickDaniels (http://carolinabirds.org/)

Bird Two

Unsure of which bird to profile this next, a did an informal poll of selected friends and acquaintances via text message. Some were very specific in their responses (G. likes the Malachite Kingfisher; B. is partial to the Black-winged Lovebird).

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Bird One

I thought I’d start this series with Uraeginthus bengalus, since many volunteers have asked me about this bird over the last year and a half. Yes, this is the tiny stun-gun of a bird better known as the Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu,

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Bird One

I thought I’d start this series with Uraeginthus bengalus, since many volunteers have asked me about this bird over the last year and a half. Yes, this is the tiny stun-gun of a bird better known as the Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu,

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Libraries, Books, and Dreams: The Sequel

Just in case you missed the prequel, it can be found here. When I was a child I liked to read. To be honest, I don’t remember why or how; I don’t remember my mom teaching me to read, but

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Libraries, Books, and Dreams: The Sequel

Just in case you missed the prequel, it can be found here. When I was a child I liked to read. To be honest, I don’t remember why or how; I don’t remember my mom teaching me to read, but

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LIFE UNDER RAIN: adventures in the “rainy” season

BUTA GAS You’re up early thanks to fleas and Orthodox priests. But the chanting/praying/singing has stopped before you finally give up and leave the bed; good but bad: the power is out. You need coffee to wake up, to start

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LIFE UNDER RAIN: adventures in the “rainy” season

BUTA GAS You’re up early thanks to fleas and Orthodox priests. But the chanting/praying/singing has stopped before you finally give up and leave the bed; good but bad: the power is out. You need coffee to wake up, to start

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Scraps

In the past week or so I’ve been trying to (re)organize this blog, and in that process I’ve come across a number of scraps, bits and pieces of things I started writing but didn’t finish. It was interesting to look

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Scraps

In the past week or so I’ve been trying to (re)organize this blog, and in that process I’ve come across a number of scraps, bits and pieces of things I started writing but didn’t finish. It was interesting to look