Dear faithful blog readers,

We haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, we just haven’t had much to write about since Jessie’s art show in New York and her happy visit with her sister, who feels like my sister too.

We made our travel plans way back in May, and July 28th (departure date) seemed in the far distant future, but time has a way of marching on (are any of you old enough to remember “Time Marches On” in the movie theatres?). Now it is upon us.  We leave for Tanzania in 15 days and though Jessie is cool I have the long-journey heebie-jeebies.  We both have our to-do lists and gradually we are crossing them off.   We’ve shopped for small gifts for our friends there and again Claudia Miller is going to give us earrings to take to the women.  They were such a “hit” last year.  Laurie Holden has given us a garbage bag full of tennis balls.  They too were a hit among the children.  We are allowed two bags each weighing no more than 50 pounds plus a box full of art suppies.  It hardly seems possible that we are going back and we are truly excited.  We are both looking forward to visiting some villages to learn more about life there, especially for the women.  Karimu has a nice bank-balance thanks to many of you.  We want to explore more grant opportunities and even micro-lending.  We’ve set aside money to help a village buy piglets ($19.00 each) and must find someone who will be responsible for overseeing it.

Speaking for myself I can say this is one of the greatest privileges of my life.   Being with those of another culture, albeit one that is way behind in many ways , but still ahead of us in other ways, is transformative.   We have learned and are learning so much.  We’ll keep the blog alive and well so check in with us from time to time.  We would love to have your comments. 

Tally and Jessie