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This is Why We Are Here

This is Why We Are Here

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 2 comments

Today I saw the most beautiful little girl. She was wearing a simple purple dress. Worn, faded, but perfect. She was perfect. You could see it in her eyes. They sparkled with pleasure over the fact that she was going to the ship. I hardly noticed the hole where most of her nose should have been. How could I when she was too busy showing off for us? She was...

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Saving Africa

Saving Africa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Blog, Reflecting | 2 comments

As we approach our patient selection process, there’s a lot to think about and prepare for. Possibly the most difficult part will be telling hundreds of potential patients, “No.” A lot of people come to Africa with the mentality that they’re here to save her. To save her people. They don’t seem to realize that Africa...

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Congo – My Feet Again on African Soil

Congo – My Feet Again on African Soil

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Blog, My Job | 0 comments

When you’re out at sea for a couple of weeks, you start to wonder what walking on solid ground will feel like. In particular, you wonder if your inner ear is just going to keep sloshing around, convincing your brain to tell your feet that they’ve got compensating to do. Making you look like a wandering drunk. Stability suddenly seems...

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How to turn Slimy Polliwogs into Trusty Shellbacks

How to turn Slimy Polliwogs into Trusty Shellbacks

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Blog, Ship Stories | 0 comments

I’ve crossed a number of lines in the last few years, whether geographically or by endangering my life, I’ve done some pretty unique things. Monday was probably in the top percentile. I wrote a little bit about this on my website, but I thought I’d take some time to go into more detail here. Mariners have a lot of traditions, most...

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