Category Archives: International Community School

Stick a fork in me

  I delivered the last loaves of the bread project to my customers two weeks ago. And today I delivered the last of the birr to Our Father’s Kitchen. So that makes me officially done. The project certainly was a much bigger … Continue reading

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Graduation Day

It was graduation day yesterday for my little Pookie. It’s trite, I know, but it seems like only yesterday she was reading Where’s Spot and illustrating Wolfy stories. Now she reads post-colonial Nigerian literature and writes up reports for USAID on agricultural development programs in rural … Continue reading

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Senior prom

Senior prom, ICS Addis Ababa style. High school prom plans are often complicated, but perhaps even more so when you are an international student.  Alekka’s British boyfriend graduated from ICS last year; this year he is enrolled at a university … Continue reading

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At least I’m consistent

I knew it would happen eventually when I saw it on a friend’s Facebook page. Now it’s already been a few weeks since a former NMHS colleague invited me to share my ten favorite books, and I’ve been tagged twice … Continue reading

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BMOC

One school day a couple of weeks ago, the first email of the morning was marked with a red “priority” arrow and contained this information from our director: There is a large adult male baboon on the loose in our … Continue reading

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Home away from home

Our school begins earlier than most. I was back at work August 5. Students started classes on the 12th. The first weeks of the term are always busy with gatherings: teacher meetings, assemblies, parent nights. This year those meetings more … Continue reading

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1:1

ICS is what’s called a one-to-one laptop school. Here, that means that every kid in grade 6 is entitled to his own school-issued computer. It’s funny to think how normal this seems to me now in Addis Ababa, yet how … Continue reading

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Continuity

Our school is 50 years old this year. It’s hard for me to picture what this school would have been like in 1964. That year I was in kindergarten at Merriewood Elementary School in Lafayette, California, where Mrs. Collins taught … Continue reading

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Home improvement

An Ethiopian family with a house like ours usually employs a cook or housekeeper who prepares meals in an outbuilding. Ethiopian cooking is slow and spicy and this arrangement keeps the onion and pepper aroma from permeating the house. There … Continue reading

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Gotta go to Ghana

My family’s been on the move lately. Last week Andreas took eight Model UN team members to a conference in Doha, Qatar. While he was away, Alekka traveled with eleven of her classmates to the Global Issues Student Summit in … Continue reading

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