When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Several months back I read a book called, "The Poisonwood Bible."  It was about a family of missionaries taking on South Africa, their trials and tribulations, and it opened a new window to me.  

I had always been interested in Congo and the situation there, had always followed that around the fringes, always making sure if there were interviews or specials on TV about the desperate nature of things in that country, but "The Poisonwood Bible" made me even more thirsty for information.

Then, along came Georgianne.  

Georgianne is a writer for The Huffington Post, and her area of expertise, and the place where her soul resides, is that little country of horrors, so to speak, and she loses sleep over its people.  

Because of her writing, as well as her willingness to share all she knows with me, a person who knows nothing in comparison, about the atrocities there, I have opened my heart and gained a thirst for knowledge, too.  I will never be as highly-charged about the situation as Georgianne, I am sure, but her descriptions, pain, and beautiful writing bring readers to teeter on that edge with her.

The questions I asked her probably seem so unimportant, but here are her answers:

What is your most memorable moment, Georgianne?  "Giving birth to my daughter, Sarah, of course." 

And as a child, what did you enjoy doing more than anything else?  "Climbing my favorite tree (an elm) with a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book and spending the day reading." 

Having had a few in-depth discussions with Ms. Nienaber, I am sure that I would have thoroughly enjoyed spending some days in the elm with her and a couple of good books!  

Have a very merry Christmas, and a prosperous and happy new year, Georgianne!


  1. Well THIS makes my Christmas..thank you, so much!
    Pray for Congo.

  2. test test test :-)