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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!


Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

One Step Short


One Step Short

I have read and written about early industrialized societies.  On my recent trip to Tanzania, Africa I had the opportunity to see a country where one additional technological aid would have a dramatically positive effect for the person and his or her family.  I’m talking about one aid 150 years old and in another blog I will discuss one roughly 10, 000 years old.  The devices are well known to the people.  It’s not the knowledge but the cost that is prohibitive.

School-age children often live one to three miles from school.  In this society all members of a family have important duties necessary to maintain the family.  Children have responsibilities before they start toward school and after they return home.  Almost universally, the child travels home for lunch and then back to school again.  Finally after school they head home once more.  It is not surprising that many children do not return to school after lunch. 

There is a program that increases attendance from about fifty percent to nearly one hundred percent.  Founded by a pet groomer with her husband’s support, Pets Providing Pedals, is organized to provide bicycles to students.  The program was organized by an American visitor to Tanzania. It is now one of the projects supervised by the Grand Circle Foundation, which is part of a travel company dedicated to, “giving back to the world we travel.”  People we talked with in Tanzania had respect for Grand Circle Travel.

The founders were wise enough to realize they needed someone living in Tanzania to provide hands on oversight.  At the start, a single local bicycle builder/repairperson worked on one bike at a time when he was not employed in making or repairing bikes for other customers.  The foundation staff member knew the project was more likely to succeed if it involved local people and infrastructure from the onset.  New business helped the builder and the community in ways simply importing bicycles could not.  On one occasion the staff member discovered none of the bike tires had been inflated just before presentation.  Giving children bikes which could not immediately be ridden would have been disappointing to everyone.

After consideration people in place decided a child could earn a bike after graduating from the seventh grade if he or she had good attendance and exhibited good behavior in class. 

The bicycle provides a primary means of transporting people and goods that is much faster than walking.  Bicycles are prevalent even on heavily traveled highways. The whole family benefits.  Parents are more likely to insist their children attend a full day at school.  Until I saw the system in action, I did not realize the full ripple effect a bicycle could have. 

Have you ever seen a small change that made a major difference?  

5 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Warren, it's the same principle of Give A Goat or Heifer International. These are charities that enable people to give livestock to people living in third-world countries. The livestock provides families with a source of income, food, transportation and a way to perpetuate the gift since livestock reproduces. Yes, those little things can make all the difference in life, health and art. Those little things can mean the difference between hope and despair.

Gloria Alden said...

What a great idea that was, Warren, and what a rewarding trip it was for you to see and understand a different life style. You learned so much and I thank you, for sharing that with us.

Kara Cerise said...

What a terrific idea, Warren. Small changes can make a major difference. Another socially entrepreneurial company that comes to mind is TOMS. For each pair of shoes that TOMS sells, they give a pair to a child in need. They believe that shoes are essential to protect feet from disease. Also shoes are required to attend school in many countries. By giving away shoes to someone who can’t afford a pair, it allows a child to get an education which is vital to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

How interesting! I also learn much from your blogs. Hope many bicycles can be given to the children.

Georgia Ruth said...

Warren, so pleased I read your blog. Thanks for sharing this motivational barter system. Very clever. And refreshing that there are those who are able contribute significantly.