Good News/Bad News

Good News/Bad News

October 3, 2022 First, the good news. A few days ago, the editor of Notre Dame magazine and invited me to contribute an essay on Haiti for their winter edition of the magazine. Normally, the pieces they run contain about 2,000 words. He said I could have 3,000 to tell the story. I sent him the prelude of the Merton…

The Geometry of Life

The Geometry of Life

From October 2, 2022 Yesterday, Jesula, one of the weekend supervisors, introduced a new education program for the kids. It is an on-going course covering an introduction to several fields of study, such as geometry and chemistry. The course is offered in Creole and English. Jesula came with a projector to show series of images. Sheriff Stéphanie assisted Jesula and…

The Madness Continues

The Madness Continues

From October 1, 2022 Gabens sent me a five-minute audio message yesterday that was very discouraging. He was outin the early morning and managed to do some banking, make it to SCCC and do a short shoppingfor items they needed. Then he rushed home as the protests heated up…same old thing: burningtires, looting, and causing general mayhem.

The Whistling Wind

The Whistling Wind

From September 30, 2022 Sunrise yesterday revealed the massive extend of the damage in the wake of Ian’s path across Florida. The part of the causeway to Sanibel Island was washed away, a roof of hospital was blown off, homes destroyed, roads rendered unpassable, and downed power lines left millions without electricity.

Hurricane Watch

Hurricane Watch

From September 29, 2022 Yesterday I woke up just before 6:00am, after a full eight hours of sleep. I needed a long sleep. In Haiti I rarely sleep more than six hours. I sent the Journal before I tracked the Hurricane Ian. Overnight, the hurricane “wobbled” a bit, which made the projected land fall move a bit further south than…

Haiti Update

Haiti Update

From September 27, 2022 Yesterday, Gabens sent me four-minute audio message containing an update on the situation in Haiti. The promised protest and strike did in fact materialize. Banks and businesses were all closed. On the main road through Delmas there was a lot of trouble: barricades, shooting, burning tires, and chains strong across the road.

Before I Go

Before I Go

From September 24, 2022 Tomorrow will be my 21st day in Haiti on this trip. That is about the maximum amount of time Ican spend here before real exhaustion sets in and makes every day seem like 40 hours long. Andthese three weeks have been extra stressful due to the angry, volatile, destructive and completelyunproductive protests. For all the adults…