1. Senegal Faux Lion

    Faux Lion (fake lion) ceremonies involve traditional drumming and dancing and are common in Senegal.   Performers wear colorful garb with animal influences and entertain the crowds with their rowdy behavior.

  2. Senegal Pretty in Pink

    A Pulaar herdsman pulling water from a well for his cows in a village south of Diourbel, Senegal.

  3. Brazil Hand Washing

    When I first arrived in Glória, the girl on the left would come to our house once a week to carry our clothes to her mother who would wash them in the dam outside of town (cleaner than ponds that were closer.) We insisted she iron everything, even underwear, more to kill micróbios than to make them look crisp. When I moved to a house that had a cisterna to collect rain water, I invited her to work in my back yard with water even cleaner than the dam and she would not have far to walk carrying...

  4. Brazil Market Day Pottery

    A vendor had covered her designated area with a tarp to display her hand-made pottery which had many uses ---from scooping water from a pond to holding eggs or fruit. Although not pictured here, she also sold four-foot high ceramic jugs ----the kind used to store water in nearly every home in town that didn’t have a cisterna in the back yard to collect rain water.

  5. Brazil Market Day

    Each Saturday, before dawn, overloaded trucks roared past our house, sending billows of dust through the shutters that covered our glassless windows. Each truck was loaded with goods to be sold at the weekly market and with paying passengers, either those arriving to sell their wares or to buy goods for that week. In the afternoon, the trucks would carry vendors back home with anything they hadn't sold, plus their own purchases. Buyers would be loaded down with bags of beans and rice and othe...

  6. Nepal Assimilation

               Assimilation.  We were trained, versed, and talked to ad nauseum on the subject.  So much so that during my first month in a village on top of an Annapurna foothill, it was a piece of cake to find my exact place on the downward trajectory of  culture shock. Homesickness—check.  Anxiety—check.   What I hadn’t expected was that no matter how clearly I defined my symptoms, checking them off could not fortify my heart.  I had entered a world of sudden isolation and silence.  At night I...

  7. Georgia Home

    My town in the mountains

  8. Brazil Powerless

    "Technology gives us power, but it doesn't make us happy." ---one of my husband's insightful observations.   When I lived in the small interior town of Glória during my Peace Corps service, a generator, known simply as “a máquina” (the machine) provided electricity in my section of the sertão (the Brazilian hinterland.) Zé (short for José) ran the máquina. He was of the same political party as the mayor, perhaps a relative. I understand that for several years before I arrived, while...

  9. Georgia Winter Time

    Heavy snow in Georgia

  10. Georgia Up The Mountain I Go

    Heading to my village in the mountains.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.