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Swachh Bharat and Manual Scavengers: An uncomfortable association

A few days ago, The Hindu carried a news article about National Career Services portal launched by the Prime Minister which listed manual scavenging as a career option. 852 more words

Famous Spam Entries


I’m really dry for writing, so I thought I would do some clean up on my admin site.

Going through the spam after my Latrine story, here were some of the funnier spam features: 164 more words


Is your tank empty or full?

Photo credit: fit woman.com

I got hit with this question from two different sources in one day. Repeated messages tend to get my attention.

This makes sense to me, as I have been drained. 295 more words


Photo journal: Jervaux Abbey

Jervaux Abbey, now one of the largest privately-owned monastic sites in England, was a Cistercian monastery founded in the late twelfth century. Its impressive amenities include a separate meat kitchen and refectory for feast days (part of a papal ordinance dating back to the fourteenth century), a greater and a lesser cloister, a warming house for cold monks, a church, an enormous infirmary, an impressive latrine system, and a chapter house where administrative functions were carried out and errant monks punished. 244 more words

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Short and Smelly

Since the beginning of time, man has tried to devise ways of getting rid of human waste. Some of the earliest inventions did not do a thorough job, and in fact were a cause of many diseases. 461 more words

A Sh*#ty Day (Literally)

Please note: This blog post is not for those with weak stomachs, or for those who are offended by the word “shit.”

I fondly remember one of my first encounters with a currently serving Peace Corps volunteer.  574 more words

Peace Corps Cameroon 2013-2015

Reflections in Juba - Ignorance, Rebellion or Style?

Nearly thirty years ago there was a young baby-sitter where I lived in Entebbe who would often run around the house naked before she would have a bath. 567 more words