Contagions

This is Edwin, Mari, their kids and their bush knives who live about fifty feet from us. Their oldest son got measles a couple weeks ago. The other three have had measles more recently. As Edwin and I discussed this today, he told me this illness is a new kind. In the olden days disease did…

Rain Flies

Here’s something you may not know about Menya–or about all of PNG and possibly all rain forrest areas around the world: when it rains, the rain flies hatch.* And even with our sort-of-well-sealled house, we get swarmed by them. (I think some queen rain flies must have laid eggs in our walls during construction while…

Family Fun Day

Today we set up the first Menya Water Park. Kiddie pool, water slide, water canon, elegant fountain and more.

 

After a while the kids realized soaking moms is the most fun.

Here’s Penny being double-teamed by her teen-age sons.

Eventually water park became mud park.

 

 

Menyan Nuance

This week I was sitting in my office with Wati trying to understand the difference between two separate tenses in the Menyan language. They aren’t actually tenses, but we don’t have a more accurate term with which to label them. If they were a tenses, they would both be future-ish, so that wouldn’t help. And when…

Stalling Trimmer

I have Stihl trimmer that I can’t get running correctly. I bought in America in 2010 and used it for a summer. Then I shipped it to PNG and it was stored for nearly three years (without gas.) I can get it started, but I cannot run it at full throttle. It speeds up as…

Chicken-Chicken-Dog

This afternoon Penny taught some of the village kids to play “Chicken-Chicken-Dog.” It’s ok that she didn’t use the correct animals in her instruction because she didn’t use the correct rules either. How many chickens can fit in that pot at one time Penny? I have to admit, though, dog seems more appropriate than goose. After…

Mashed Banana

Yesterday while walking around our village I came upon these two teenagers making a batch of mashed-banana-roll-ups. That’s not the Menyan name, but it’s accurately descriptive. (Side note: this is the closest thing to a date I’ve seen since moving to PNG.) The pair had mashed the bananas before my arrival so they were already in…