Monthly Archives: November 2011

Status competition (guilty as charged)

I read an excellently irreverent article today that summarizes the many criticisms of consumerism: Access to credit makes consumers overspend. Materialistic people are anxious and unhappy. The conspicuous-consumption arms race is unwinnable. Down with status competition! Down with long work … Continue reading

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Another reminder

Yesterday, I awoke to the most saddening sound. Through my bedroom window, I heard a girl, maybe 15 or 16 years old, sobbing. She wasn’t just crying; it was obvious that she was filled with sorrow of the worst kind. … Continue reading

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How to have fun

Lusaka gets a bad rep in most travel guidebooks. They say it’s a quiet, dusty town with not much going one besides a couple bustling markets. On the surface, this might be an accurate description. Lusaka certainly isn’t a hip … Continue reading

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Frustrating and fun, all at once

The funnest part about working in Africa is also the most frustrating: The unpredictability. When asked why I’ve chosen to leave a perfectly comfortable life in Canada to live here, in Zambia, the only answer I can come up with … Continue reading

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