Beautiful Poverty

This is an unusual post for me. It’s old, first of all – I wrote it in my personal journal, on actual paper, about six years ago, while on a … more Blood & Milk…


Why you can’t understand global health

This is another reprint from my sadly abandoned Global Health Basics blog. If you are reading this blog post, you can’t really understand the most important dynamic in global health: … more Blood & Milk…


What Poor People Have

These photos were published a couple of months ago, but I just ran into them today. A Norwegian photojournalist spent six weeks living in the slums of Nairobi, Caracas, and … more Blood & Milk…


Does poverty make people cruel?

A Tajik colleague told me, quite a while ago, that poverty makes people cruel. It stuck in my mind. The way she said it, as an absolute truism, resonated and … more Blood & Milk…


Anger, control, and finding the zone

I have, once again, given up substantial amounts of control over my life. Living overseas does that to you. Part of it is the expatriate experience. The language barrier makes … more Blood & Milk…


Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty

Everything that matters in international development comes back to poverty. Poverty saps your ability to affect the path of your life, stay (or start out) healthy, find a job, or … more Blood & Milk…


Suffering does not make you special

Some people – disaster response personnel and Peace Corps volunteers in particular – come home to the US and can’t re-adjust. Fat, sedentary Americans and their trivial concerns strike them … more Blood & Milk…