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Living as half a person, revisited.

Earlier this year I prepared this little reflection for the Evangelical Women in Academia Conference at Ridley College in Melbourne. We ended up doing a panel, so I’m publishing it here instead. The theme of the conference was Grounded: in the Body, in Time and Place, in Scripture. ——– One […]

On not being fined by the police

This week, we were stopped by police three times in two days, and we weren’t fined any of those times. Despite what I’ve written about negotiating the police in Tanzania, this is the far more common experience: friendly police who merely greet you, or look at your license / rego […]

Grieving a school change

Elliot changed nursery schools recently. At first we were motivated pragmatically: because of our religious and cultural background, we would be unlikely to get him into the primary school we wanted (read: affordable without being an hour away from home) unless he was already in the nursery school. But then, […]

Living as wageni (foreigners) in Tanzania

In our language classes, we have been discussing reverse racism: while Tanzanians readily view their country people with suspicion, we wageni are given the benefit of the doubt. That’s not to say there aren’t negative stereotypes of foreigners: we’re rich, unused to hard work, impatient, and not well dressed. But […]