Jun 03, 2013

Returned safely from Haiti Friday evening May 31. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes during my month there managing a guest house for Family Health Ministries. I was grateful for them all. It was comforting to know you were with me through the entire adventure.

May 29, 2013

My Haiti time wasn't supposed to end like this. But plans to leave got shelved with the misadventures of a Brasilian military aircraft. Now I wait, along with many others. An engine on the plane caught fire as it attempted to take off Sunday at Port au Prince. The plane, carrying UN peacekeepers, veered off the runway into grass, snapping it's landing gear. Fortunately no one was hurt. That was the only good news. Authorities promptly closed the airport and focused on the problem aircraft....

May 21, 2013

Bassin BleuOn Sunday the group at the guest house visited Bassin Bleu. In this land of few tourist attractions, that's high on the list. It is a series of water falls and deep pools hugging the mountains west of Jacmel on the southern coast. For doubters, Bassin Bleu is a reminder that Haiti offers breathtaking beauty along side world-...

May 20, 2013

Haitian IngenuityI'd been putting off throwing away my backpack. Main zipper finally gave way yesterday. Another zipper had come untracked a couple weeks earlier. The thing no longer closed. Sad shape. But I've had it 10-12 years. Bought it cheap at Old Navy. It's been all over. It's soaked up sun and dust in places like Honduras,...

May 20, 2013

Checked in with Junel shortly after getting up Saturday morning. He's the security guard who'd kept an eye on the place over night. All was well, he said, adding: "It's Flag Day." He had a big smile. I had no idea. Didn't take long to figure out it's a big deal, though. Headed to Leogane on errands and soon come upon a small parade led by a brass band. Sounded like it was playing "Caissons go Rolling Along." Very spirited. It was followed by two groups of marching children in uniform. Folks...

May 18, 2013

Baby Hutchinson arrivesFriday was a big day for Ric and Evelyne Hutchinson. Daughter Kayla arrived 9:20 a.m. She was a few days late, but in good shape, dad says. Kayla, who arrived at 8 pounds and 22 inches, is Ric and Evelyne's first. They are delighted the wait is over and are settling in to parenthood.

May 14, 2013

Folks who remember Leogane's chaotic traffic and dismal streets will be surprised their next visit. Work crews are in the midst of a major transformation. Soon a ride through downtown will go much easier on the shock absorbers. Crews are paving streets with block and installing curb and guttering. It'll look really good, especially to those who remember the broken pavement, muddy pot holes and mounds of garbage and rubble that made walking and driving an adventure. Among the redone streets...

May 12, 2013

Guytaud-familyWent up the mountain Friday to visit Guytaud and family. Took a tap tap for 50 gourdes - about $1.25. Guytaud is a friend from 2006-07 when I lived in these mountains. He helped me learn Creole and raise vegetables. Love visiting his home. They serve up thick, creamy hot chocolate and Haitian bread. It's the...

May 09, 2013

Flooding in HaitiHeavy rain last night. Lots of standing water and mud. Low area near the guest house is a lake. We're pumping it out now. Had to go to the market anyway. My shoes finally gave out. Duct tapped one together. The patch didn't last. Finally found something duct tape can't do. I...

May 06, 2013

Delson-haitiFinally got to spend time with Delson today. Tried Saturday but he was out. Tried again Sunday but he was in the middle of a delivery. Delson is an OBGYN here in Leogane. He stays busy. Today I caught up with him late afternoon at his clinic. He was free for a while. We went next door to the walled compound where he is...

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