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I've been lying in bed all weekend terribly sick, from what I guess is food poisoning. Friday afternoon the children and I picked up some beans, rice, matoke (cooking bananas) and red dodo, which is a local green leaf. We bought the food at a little local restaurant we usually do not frequent in our neighborhood. I really enjoy Ugandan food, and our lunch was very tasty. I was the only one however who ate the dodo, and I am the only one who got sick.

Spending a few days in bed allowed me time to read a book I recently started about Mary Slessor. She was a Scottish missionary to Calabar, West Africa in 1876. Her story is both stirring, and deeply challenging. I can not help but compare what a difference it is being a foreign worker on this Continent over one hundred and thirty years later! I must admit feeling quite sheepish reading about malaria, yellow fever, and blackwater fever and how foreign workers at that time would just choke back some quinine and hoped it would work. All …

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