Warby. It was love at first sight!

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It was love at first sight. I know it is cliché to say that I spotted them a million miles away, but I was very far away and very early on the trail… Continue reading

Let’s try some Insanity this year. . .

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Any P90Xers out there? Well, if you thought that was tough, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” Insanity is a DVD Workout Series by Beachbody, the makers of P90X. You get the same (or… Continue reading

Projects: Compelling, clever, and invitational

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I [Dominique] have been drawing, writing, doodling, daydreaming, and conspiring to create a brochure for UAPO that will explain what it DOES, who it reaches, and invites people to take part. People want… Continue reading

We [REALLY!!?] bought a house!

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It’s official! We’re home owners! We moved in August 8th. Our home is a craftsman bungalow, originally constructed in 1915. We can’t wait to have a 100th birthday party for the house in… Continue reading

Why you should never (ever!) wear earplugs . . . and Dominique’s “surgery” in Uganda

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I woke up ten days ago with something deep in my ear. I didn’t know what it was at the time and thought it might be either a roach (eeeeew!) or fluid so… Continue reading

UAPO experience trip (Uganda)

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Here is a quick post to let you know about what we are up to this week. I (Dan) joined Dominique and the team here last Sunday night after a quick flight from… Continue reading

Don’t just give, INVEST!

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From Zambia I (Dan) flew to Ethiopia to meet with a few new friends I have made in the last year who are investing in African companies. It worked out well as all… Continue reading

My feet are on Ugandan soil…

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Hey Friends! I (dominique) arrived last night around midnight to Uganda.  It is so, so good to be here! I was picked up from the airport by Blake Smith, a friend and the… Continue reading

Off to Uganda!

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Hey Friends! I’m writing this email from Schipol (Amsterdam) airport in between my two 12 hour flights! I’m on my way to Uganda! Finally! It has been over three weeks since Dan left… Continue reading

What I’ve been up to in Dallas…Uganda…great things going on…

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Hey Friends! While Dan has been traveling around Zambia, I (Dominique) have been continuing to settle into my new job at The Ugandan American Partnership Organization (The UAPO).  We are a nonprofit doing… Continue reading

ZAMBIA, my other home.

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(From the top: Wesley, Steve, Jeff, and myself enjoying a meal and fellowship at Zoran cafe in Lusaka.) The first days in Zambia were spent in Lusaka waiting for the 4 members of… Continue reading

Dan Departs for Zambia!

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On Wednesday afternoon, I took Dan to the airport. He boarded a KLM flight for Lusaka, Zambia via Amsterdam.  He’ll be in Zambia about 3 weeks before flying to Uganda to join me… Continue reading

we are what we are eating…

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…so what are we eating? We’ve been taking lots of photos of our delicious experiences here, so I’ll share some photos… There’s been a good mix of cooking at home and eating out.… Continue reading

tidbits and snipits from our Dallas beginnings. . . of life

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What kinds of things have we been up to since we moved? Dominique has been working a TON, but it has been a lot of fun! Besides working? Here’s a little taste. Notice… Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day . . . Daddio! . . . A new season to be thankful for.

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Today is Father’s day, and I (Dominique) want to appreciate my father, Leonard Marlin Rastrelli (featured above).  Last weekend, Dan and I, along with my sister, Daniella, drove down to San Antonio.  We… Continue reading

seeing Texas beauty

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I (Dominique) have grown up in Texas. It is in my blood; it is in my history.  Yet, I’ve hardly been around the past ten years. I’ve lived in a lot of beautiful… Continue reading

Africa Business Development, June 2012 Update

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When I (Dan) lived in Zambia with my friend John in 2008, I was inspired to rethink how impactful business development really is. Having a job and a regular source of income can… Continue reading

Whoa! We Moved!? . . . Dan’s Dallas, TX arrival May 26th:

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We now live in Dallas, Texas!!! It is a long way from Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. The temperatures are in the 90’s, the thunderstorms are a spectacle to behold, and the lifestyle… Continue reading

Zambia Mentoring Update May 2012

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Many of you know that I (Dan) will be returning to Zambia again this summer with a small group of friends from the US. There is a couple we have recently become acquainted… Continue reading

Limulunga Community School observations, successes, and challenges

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Hey All, [Many of you have asked how you can be involved in Zambia, what the needs are, and what we learned about the context while we were there.  So, to fill you in,… Continue reading

Partnerships in Zambia, exciting results, and thoughts on the philosophy

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Our Zambian friends Our friends in Zambia are doing wonderful things. We were so happy to be there with them. It had been almost three years since John and I (Dan) had left,… Continue reading

I want to do what I say I will do…

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I (Dan) talk a lot. I also like to do things. What if I did more and said even less? What if we were taken at our word with everything we said, and… Continue reading

The calm after the trip…

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Sometimes the most important thing about having an adventure  is the wrap-up or the debrief time at the end (…spoken like a true Beyond Malibu backpacking guide, I know). The last 3 weeks… Continue reading

Thursday thoughts, Part 2

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Care for orphans and widows; Do what is right and just I personally know only a few orphans and widows in North America; I know plenty of these in Zambia and other places… Continue reading

Swirling thoughts of a Thursday, part 1

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I (Dan) did not start the day feeling inspired. I woke up today extra groggy in fact. Something on my bike ride this morning snapped me into deciding I was going to have… Continue reading

Zambia in brief: Days 6-12

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Days 6-9: We spent a good amount of our time each day at the school, taking pics and video, and just hanging out with the teachers.  We spent time getting to know each… Continue reading

Zambia in brief: Days 1-6

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While in Zambia: Day 1: We arrived in Lusaka after 36 hours of travel from France.  We ran around town picking up a few things, buying bus tickets, and then settling into our… Continue reading

Safari photos

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Safari to Mongu to Limulunga

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After arriving in Zambia, we spent one night in the capitol city, Lusaka.  We left on the first bus towards Mongu, in the Western Province of Zambia.  Halfway between Lusaka and Mongu, there… Continue reading

our first days in Zambia…

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We spent two nights on Safari on the way to our final destination of the trip: Limulunga, Zambia. We had a great time at the Mukambi lodge and because we mentioned we are… Continue reading