Living life without a reflection

Jan 29th, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

I was riding in a bus today, seated just there in the corner seat. The smell of field, sweat, fertilizer, growth and rural life thick on me. I fit in, yet stood apart, an unusual mixture of smells, musk and scent. I took a deep breath…there was lime, mango, chickens and goats, dark rich earth, crisp morning soaps…a hint of perfume as an older woman…

Thoughts

Jan 22nd, 2012 David Berger 4 min read

So, its time for one of those free writing exercises. You know those ones where you sit down and decide its time to work on your thoughts, to organize yourself, and to bring your mind into focus and clarity. It’s a difficult series of moments, the flow of thoughts, images and feelings through your mind. Processing, channeling them through your experiences and moving those thoughts…

Experiencing loss

Jan 17th, 2012 David Berger 1 min read

Death. That cold patient friend who waits with us for our entire lives, and when our time has come welcomes us without so much as a grumble about the weather. That’s a funny way to think of it isn’t it? I guess it’s part of growing up, processing and learning. I’ve been overseas for two close family deaths. It’s hard. Sometimes you feel like it’s…

Beautiful Africa

Jan 13th, 2012 David Berger 1 min read

Africa is beautiful. Not in that corney oh look, a lion, although yes, that is really really cool. But in that enveloping, world changing, life altering way. That get surprised by a mud pit, fly over your handle bars, break your lamp and bruise two ribs and your thigh, but it’s ok, because as your panting on the ground, checking to make sure your not…

Steri-Pen: A Review

Jan 5th, 2012 David Berger 4 min read

My followers know my background, but since I’m giving my thoughts on a product I figured I’d include this! My name is David N. Berger. Age 24, an ASU graduate in Global Studies. I’m a community development and health volunteer in Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically I’m located in remote Northern Zambia in the sub-tropic zone near Congo. I’m assigned to a rural health clinic 56…

How to build a light bulb drier – food dehydrator

Jan 3rd, 2012 David Berger 3 min read

Food dehydration and preservation are necessary to improved food security, nutrition and income generation leading to empowerment in the developing world. Using a variety of development resources including appropriate technology to utilize available resources in solar thermal energy, smoking food, and electricity – this project – to produce heat and accelerate drying. Understanding the principle behind food dehydration facilitates this development process. In any simple…

Pottage

Jan 1st, 2012 David Berger 4 min read

Gooooooood morning folks! This blog’s a little down and dirty, a bit personal, the topics awkward but funny, and well… You’ll see. You’ll forgive me infusing a bit of humor to save you from the butt of it. So it’s that time in the week when I lay in bed and write y’all another update. This week has been a roller coaster ride. Well actually,…