Forget Professional Development! Opportunity knocked for a free
trip to Botswana and I eagerly opened the door.ccI
volunteered to give a cartooning workshop that was a no fear, no
pressure, and certainly no problem, presentation called NO FEAR
between conferences, I walked Gaborone in the heat of the day.ccI
didn't learn the population of the capital but it was sparse.ccEverything
was new and there was so much open space.ccIt
would get worse before it got better.ccOne
third of the population was HIV positive.ccI
kept counting every three people as I walked through the town.ccA
lot of tragedy was yet to come.
local art teacher took me along with two teachers from Zimbabwe
to a basket/crafts shop.ccI
thought I might get one basket.ccWell,
I got caught up with the others with no regrets.ccThere
were two kinds of baskets - Botswana and Zulu.ccThe
Zulu were more expensive but none of them were cheap.ccWhen
one of the teachers passed over an amazing basket - at an amazing
$100 - I snatched it up.ccI
figured I could afford it since the school paid fifteen times that
to send me to the conference.ccAnd,
I wasn't done shopping.ccThere
were two more baskets just screaming for me to take them home.
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