Sandboxes, Cement, and Nicaragua

When we are young, we read books about construction equipment. We have toy trucks and sandboxes full of plastic cranes, windmills, pick up trucks, dump trucks, bulldozers. Then we stop talking about these apparati. We may point them out on the street, especially if they’re anomalies, a blue garbage truck, an extremely tall crane, etc. We don’t think about construction equipment on a daily basis, … Continue reading Sandboxes, Cement, and Nicaragua


Today is time to take five minutes and watch this video about Rachel Beckwith, a nine year old girl whose dying wish was to provide clean water to those without it. Her parents followed up, collecting $60,000 with charity:water, an innovative organization that brings water to thousands in the developing world. My high school did fundraisers for charity:water and their outreach (they let you ask … Continue reading charity:water

CIA World Factbook

This is weird… Really weird… F–ing weird… (The Tango Maureen anyone?) I’m obsessed with the CIA World Factbook. Go ahead, bookmark it. Just trust me. This wonderful resource, as the CIA explains, “provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.”  What does that mean? There is a HUGE amount of information about literally every corner … Continue reading CIA World Factbook