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Some of you know that I’m a librarian. I’ve been thinking a lot, since moving back to the US, about what skills I can bring to bear on making my community and country better places to live. Since I’m trained in curating, analyzing and sharing information, I decided that what I could do is help people learn better skills and dispositions for dealing with fake/false news and media manipulation. I’m partnering with @humanitiesmontana for their Informed Citizens series and my first gig is at my own @missoulapubliclibrary talking about how fake news spreads. I’m super honored and more than a little freaked out because, 1) it’s my library and I want to do a good job for them, and 2) it’s a complicated topic with exactly zero easy answers. Anyway, it’s my way of giving back (and fighting back) using the tools and education I have. If you’re interested in me using this space over 2020 to share tips and tricks with you let me know. I’m sure I can fit those in between photos of cats and cars! 😉#fakenews #fightfakenews #librarian #librarianlife #humanitiesmontana #informedcitizens #democracy #criticalthinking #mediamanipulation #missoula #missoulapubliclibrary #think #library #loveyourlibrary
Man. I did not think @ourblackcoffee could make me any happier, but these gift boxes are the. best. Needed some Missoula gifts for friends out of state and this is perfect. #blackcoffeeroastingco #coffee #madeinmissoula #buylocal #missoula #theperfectgift #missoulamade #locallyowned #ilovecoffee
Today I went to the vet and got all but three of my toenails cut before I bit the tech and drew blood. The vet said I’m healthy enough to put up a good fight. I’m told you never get a second chance to make a first impression. I think they’ll remember me. #thejadekitten #biter #vetvisit #dontmesswithme #vicious #showemwhosboss #cat #kitten #catsofinstagram #kittensofinstagram #ihatethevet
The Jade Kitten wishes you a Happy Solstice. ☀️ #thejadekitten #wintersolstice #solstice #happysolstice #herecomesthesun

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We managed to get out into the desert last weekend which, if you know us, is something we love. Gaborone is not a huge city, especially compared to other African cities like Nairobi and Lagos, but for Missoulians it’s big enough. I don’t think we realized how much we needed a break from the last month of preparation back home plus the travel, plus working on getting settled here. We decided on Saturday morning, with a new apartment that was basically upside down, piles and piles (I mean piles) of laundry, most of our stuff in luggage, and one week to go before classes started that our best bet was to go camping.

We headed out to Khutse Game Reserve, which lies to the south of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We’ll post later about that trip, which ended up being pretty special for us – our campsites were technically in CKGR and our first night back there (August 5th) was exactly two years from the last night we spent there in 2015.

It is impossible not to think of the Kalahari in terms of broad, seemingly endless, vistas. But, as I’ve written about in the essay linked above, one of the things I love about deserts is that – if you pay attention – there is equal beauty and wonder in the details. I’m not a great landscape photographer and, frankly, every shot of the vastness of the landscape here always fails to do it justice in my eye (my sister would do much better on this photographic front). I love detail shots though. So, without further ado, here are some desert details from this past weekend.


This ground squirrel greeted us just beyond the gate. No lions for us. Just ground squirrels.



Dried flowers at our first campsite.



Any color stands out in this landscape.



I loved these pretty little leaves.



There is very little dusk here – catch it while you can.



Waterholes attract everyone.



Acacia trees, campsite two, mid-afternoon.


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