Monday, July 28, 2008

Craft show of Doom!

So we at TM Creative got accepted to the Old Saybrook, CT arts and craft show that happened this past weekend. This show is considered to be the Ritz Carleton of craft shows. We were pumped to have a space at the show.

It was hotter than hell on Saturday and we got stuck in a torrential downpour and "severe" lightning storm on Sunday. Despite all that we made good sales.

Morale was a bit on the low side from all of our challenges.

Check out the humorous fair photos here from Jen's blog.

Sara and I scream at God in the second image. Actually, we were just drinking the rain water pouring down. =)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Terribly cute

Our delegation spent one day and night out in the Malawian bush. We had to take a boat ride to get to our "hotel." On the way we passed this little hippo family. Baby and Baby's Mama. They almost look fake.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Everywhere we went groups of women danced and sang for us. We arrived at the future site of Dana and Billy's school and found a large group of women already singing. It was a song that stuck with me for the duration of my stay. I wish I could have recorded sound to share it with you. It was beautiful. This woman in the front really makes me smile. She just seems so genuine, so happy and so full of hope. But it's more than that.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Yesterday's post ate itself

I am not good at laying this stuff out. I don't have the patience to learn how to do it right. The computer gods bit me in the ass last night by making my photos unseeable. I saw them. Briefly.

I know this is all a lesson for me to learn to slow down, breathe and be patient with something new.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Save the Children: Malawi

I don't really know where to start. Everyone asks how my vacation was. What do you say? Do you say what they want to hear? Oh, it was great, saw some poor children learning in a school that you wouldn't even see fit to park your car in, got some pictures of elephants. End of story, then we can easily switch to some other topic about the weather and other summer fun. I can't get these pictures out of my head. I can't get these people out of my head...their grace, their strength, their pride. They've changed me. They have nothing, yet they have something that we as Americans can never have. We can't touch it, we can't name it, but it's there. Maybe you can see it in these photos.

The above photo is a of a volunteer teacher. That's right. He teaches his village's children for free. In this photo all the kids were exclaiming "Sir, Sir!!" They all wanted to show off their English skills. I've never seen a class so into their lesson. They were all practically fighting to have a chance to say the answer. It's quite different from the typical American classes I sat through. You got talked at. You sat in the back of the class to hide. This school is one that Save the Children gives aid to. It's one of the better off ones. It has a cement floor and the students sit at desks. There is a sign on the front door saying that it is against the rules for teachers and students to abuse/rape the girl students.

This was taken in a temporary school structure made of thatch and thin tree branches. When it rains, school gets canceled. There are no walls. There are no desks. Kids sit in the dirt for their lessons. There is one grade taught outside, they can't fit everyone in the temporary structure. Soon this site will have a permanent building made with brick and an area for a bathroom. Right now there is no bathroom. Feces are all over the site. Soon they will have a cement floor to keep kids healthier. There will be no electricity or running water. There will be two holes in the ground for the students to go to the bathroom. They will be put far away from each other to prevent girls from being attacked.

This is one of my favorite pictures. Not because it's great composition or anything. I just like the silly side of these kids.
I expected to see more scenes like this one. Sad little encrusted eyes looking up at me.

This is from the orphans and vulnerable children child care center. They have made do with the little resources they do have. They use already eaten corn cobs as counting manipulatives, they use two sticks to form a see-saw. They created a basketball hoop with a stick and a piece of wire and the kids use a balled up plastic bag to throw.