Sunday, December 18, 2005

Well, I'm doing better. Though, I've been less exuberant than I usually am. People at work say, 'Nicole, entertain us!' which I usually don't mind doing, but I haven't had the heart. You know how you can be so lost in your thoughts that you can listen to a person talk to you, but you don't hear a word? That's how I've been. Inward. Had some good opportunities to escape though. Baked cookies with my mom all day. Went to a Christmas party for the coffee shop I used to work at. Read Memoirs of a Geisha...and hopefully, I will get to talk to a dear friend on the phone soon who knew Rahim also and we can remember him together.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


"Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words." -Rahim Akazu

Today I found out my friend Rahim died in a bus accident in Nigeria along with several others. He was a student on the HIV/AIDS school that I attended in Cape Town last year and he was making plans to start a similar school in Nigeria. I was considering going to help him with this school along with some other friends. Now, we're not sure of anything.

Please keep us in your prayers, especially those who were closest to Rahim.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

This Is My Home!

Calgary went from a balmy +16 C last week to a drastic -24 C!!!

I know! I'm obsessed with the weather! On the one hand, it feels very Christmasey, like the kind of Christmas I remember as a kid. So cold your snot freezes! Gotta love Canada eh? On the other hand, well, I'm looking forward to the day when I'm a full time missionary in Africa and I can plan my visits to either enjoy the novelty of snow or avoid it completely! Secretly, I am kind of enjoying winter since I missed it last year. Don't tell!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

What Historical Figure Am I?

You are Cleopatra

Beautiful and Charming. You are able to persuade anyone to do anything you would like, because of your hotness and charisma. You are an expert in gaining power over anyone you choose.

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Hey, the quiz has spoken!

World AIDS Day 2005

"World AIDS Day 2005, themed 'Stop AIDS. Keep the promise.' will focus on keeping commitments to stop AIDS at all levels: personal, community, organizational, governmental." (

Last year, at this time, I was attending a memorial service in the township's cememtery for the children who had passed away while in the care of Beautiful Gate. Fortunately for me, the children I knew and loved at BG were on ARV's by then and were much healthier than the their friends who had died of AIDS in the first few years of BG's existence.I say fortunate for me because I did not have to endure the pain of seeing one of those beautiful children die. I don't know how I would have coped. I don't know how anyone copes in the face of such a devastating disease.

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