A Windy Distraction

I hadn't done much except stare at my computer today when I realized I needed a distraction. So instead of watering the garden, I decided to go for a walk. South Dakota winter is right around the corner (I can feel it in my waters) and that usually brings well below zero windchills and feet … Continue reading A Windy Distraction

Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much

I'm a big fan of documentaries, especially those about where our food comes from. Most of these documentaries have the same basic information: we eat too much processed food, people in low income communities don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and corporations make the money while farmers can barely make a living. I … Continue reading Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much

World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day. Some statistics say that over 90% of malaria cases happen in Africa but it looks like malaria deaths are decreasing. Good news, but can the world really achieve the Millennium Development Goal of having 'near-zero' deaths due to malaria by 2015? Most people living in developing countries don't know when … Continue reading World Malaria Day

My Friend Ralph S. Mouse

When I was kid, I thought it would be incredible to have a mouse as a friend. Of course this was after I read the books about Ralph S. Mouse. Having adventures together while riding a toy motorcycle wearing a ping-pong ball helmet. What's not to love? I'm here to tell you, it's not fun … Continue reading My Friend Ralph S. Mouse

Black Water Fever: My good story to tell

When I lived in India I quit taking my malaria prophylaxis. We had it good. Everything would get sprayed once a week and I slept in my mosquito net every night. Wait. I take that back. Sometimes on the really hot nights I would flip the net off of the bed because I thought somehow … Continue reading Black Water Fever: My good story to tell