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We are moving back to the US - and we're moving to Little Rock AR! I will be the new program officer for gender equity at Heifer International. It's the perfect job for me and I'm really happy everything worked out.

Here are a couple of links on Heifer's work on gender equity:
The Power of Gender Mainstreaming
Gender Equity Means Social Justice for All

Plans are for me to leave Burkina Faso sometime in September. MoBob will stay in Burkina Faso with Peace Corps until his contract ends in December and will join me after visiting Morocco and France.

I'm trying to imagine Little Rock as "Ouagadougou with Wal-Mart."

My vacation ends tomorrow and I'll be back in Ouaga by Saturday evening so this is my last post from beautiful, balmy San Francisco....
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On August 2nd, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks, mate. Not as scintillating as Nias I'm afraid but it'll do!
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On July 28th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
YAY!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you. YAY!!!!!!!!! All gender, all the time.
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On July 28th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC), flemmarde commented:
oh congratulations! what a star you are... scoring a heavy duty new job whilst on holiday at the same time!

but dammit... you won't be in BF next time i make it to togo :( i was planning on visiting you there. oh well... i don't think you should hold up your career on the off chance of a visit from me :)
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On August 2nd, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yeah...I was really hoping to host you guys for the film festival.

Just think of Little Rock as the equivalent of, say, Bourke NSW. Feel free to visit!
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On August 3rd, 2006 11:36 am (UTC), flemmarde replied:
hahahah... and given i never made it to bourke... or even the back o' bourke...

chances are we might both end up in lome again in december. visiting you was going to be my big project to escape the lack of eventfulness down there :(
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On August 3rd, 2006 11:48 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:

Might be more fun to meet up in Morocco though...MoBob plans on regular trips back.
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On August 3rd, 2006 11:49 am (UTC), flemmarde replied:
oh yes... that sounds like a very good idea! i've never been there and would love an excuse to go :)
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On July 28th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Congratulations! They are a great org. I read books and raised money for a cow when I was 10 or so. My brother lived in LR briefly, not long enough for me to visit, so I don't know much about it.
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On August 2nd, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! Heifer seems to have a great rep. Also Winrock's HQ is in LR. Strange to think that a city that small and isolated hosts two INGOs.
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On August 2nd, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
I don't know anything about Winrock.

But I don't think it's that odd, because financially it's a better deal than DC, which is probably why World Vision and CRS are in B-more.

The only drawback of being someplace like LR is that none of the partner offices are right down the street.

ps. got your emails, i've been swamped, but I appreciate your fwding things!
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On August 2nd, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I can see the advantage for cities like Baltimore and Arlington, but LR is really very isolated, and it's really hard to get to and from. All the international flights have to go through Houston or DFW, or Atlanta. Plus Heifer and Winrock have to maintain offices in DC anyway.

Winrock's pretty big, when I was in Mali they got a lot of USAID funding.
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On July 28th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC), mokey4 commented:

It's twangy-english speaking Ouagadougou with Walmart!
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On August 2nd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I know - it's weird to think that I'll be the one with the funny accent.

I actually talked to the SAIS career counselor before I had my 2nd interview and he advised me not to be a northern snob. I will however be the only SAIS alum in the state!
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On August 2nd, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC), mokey4 replied:
Well, there are SAIS alums in every corner of the world, it's about time Arkansas got one! I met a staffer for Congressman Marion Berry of Little Rock- he seemed like a fine young fellow.
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On August 2nd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
You're right - there were a bunch of SAIS alums at the other CRS whom I never knew were SAISers. (There's only one guy who's a Cal alum in AR according to the website and he's not even in Little Rock!)
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On July 28th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Wow! Well, if you and MoBob ever need a dose of Southern California, feel free to come stay in our guest room.

Congratulations! It sounds exciting and challenging.

(P. S. My mom and dad are all impressed with you...)
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On August 2nd, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! LR looks like Sacramento except without the easy escape to SF. (Not much to be impressed about really but nice to think your parents approve!)
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On July 28th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Well done, Sylvia! We went through Little Rock last summer on our move out to Seattle. It was cute. Hey, did I tell you I managed to meet Abdelkarim in Amman? What a great guy! He wrote the other day to tell me his baby girl Aicha was born.

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On July 28th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Little Rock
Congrats! And check out the August Vogue -- there's an article on a trunk show in Little Rock. Haven't read it yet, but nice to know it'll be you, Bill Clinton, and some fashionistas!

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On July 29th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
great news! i'm very happy for you. what a great opportunity. here's to making changes, new friends, and getting all your stuff back to the states!

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On July 29th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Moving to Little Rock... Wow!
Very cool! It'll be nice to have you back in the States and so close to all of us. By the way--your tiara showed up perfectly in the picture of all the Scaries at ME's wedding. I have a copy for you in a lovely rhinestone studded frame. I'll hold onto it until you reach Arkansas and will send it then.
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On July 29th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Moving to Little Rock... Wow!
P.S. Forgot to sign my comment. xo Janet
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On July 31st, 2006 03:47 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Congratulations! That sounds fantastic. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the Clinton Library ;)
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On August 2nd, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Come and visit! I looked for Monica's blue dress in the library but alas, it must've been in the restricted section.
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On August 1st, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC), burkinabe commented:
hey, if you dont mind I have a question.

How do you get a job with CRS? I keep hearing about people having a "fellowship" with the organization, can you tell me how it works, or direct me to where I could get more information?

Thank you.
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On August 2nd, 2006 09:45 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: question
Hey, email me - address is on the profile page.
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