Category Archives: Holidays

Boas Festas and Sweet Tea

America – Recently I went home for Christmas and I found it different than before, almost like seeing a childhood friend after many years and hardly recognizing them.  I found it strange and unfamiliar, with cutting-edge technology, increased prices, and … Continue reading

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To all you couch potatoes…

It’s that time of year again.  Probably later today you will find yourself napping on the couch after filling yourself with turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie.  It’s the one day out of the year when you can lounge on … Continue reading

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Off the Island

Paris – the fashion capital, the city of light.  It’s spectacular.  Glamorous yet historical, playful yet sophisticated, modernity intertwined with timeless elegance.  As I returned to Cape Verde feeling refreshed and renewed – both mentally and physically, I reflected on … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day

To a mother who wasn’t afraid of living — who did backflips off the diving board and always had ice cream in the freezer.  To a mother who filled the room with her smile and abounding energy  — “I love … Continue reading

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Easter, without the bunny

I wasn’t sure about spending an Easter without a sunrise service with my church family, dyed eggs, and of course, Easter candy.  Instead of Cadbury eggs and easter egg hunts, I spent the weekend attending a donkey race and visiting … Continue reading

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Batuking for Women Around the World

Close your eyes and imagine you are a woman in Cape Verde…you will be the first to wake and the last one to go to sleep.  You will be responsible for washing everyone’s clothes by hand, including extended family.  You … Continue reading

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G and G across the sea

The first grandparents to visit PC volunteers in Cape Verde: my granma and grandpa, Wendy and Jim Craig.  They came with school supplies for my students, with maple syrup and chocolate chips for my sweet tooth and they left with … Continue reading

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