This was a new kind of story I tried with our Elliot on the way to school one morning. I stopped at various points and asked him to make a decision and made up the next part of the story based on that. Once upon a time, there was a […]
With my current lack of brain power, I expected my Swahili would take a hit, that the sluggishness I feel in English would mean remedial Swahili. Yet, the opposite has been true. I am unable to focus in English. (Posts like these ones which posted recently were written before Red […]
President Magufuli’s reasoning against pregnant girls returning to secondary school was that they would be distracted from their studies by breastfeeding their babies. I found this somewhat surprising, because a friend of mine in Dodoma had told me about how at her workplace, breastfeeding women are given regular breaks to […]
On Mondays over the next few weeks for something a bit more lighthearted I’ll be posting some very short anecdotes of cross-cultural moments from the last little while. Here’s the first one. Just before Elliot went on school holidays we were talking about playing soccer and he said, “Girls don’t play […]
With Arthur’s arrival in Australia, our home assignment has officially started! Over the next few Mondays I’ll post some tips about how you can be helpful to us during this time of visiting partner churches, organisations and people. Today, I’m starting with one tip which I hope will save us […]
Part of the narrative of modern-day Africa is that it is all changing so fast. Working at a university and living in a university town, we get to see some of that change. Expats who were in Dodoma 10 years ago tell me that they owned one of the few […]
Too wordy; too shallow; too ‘barnyard praise’; too corny; borderline heretical; developmentally inappropriate; boring. Good Christian kids music is hard to come by. Recently a friend asked on Facebook for kids music that parents might not mind listening to either and Arthur recommended Rain for Roots.