Stan Writing from Burundi, Africa

By Stanley A Stalla
Photo by: Stan Young Boy in Burundian Village -- 58 percent of all children are chronically malnourished

Greetings to my fellow mid-coast Mainers, and to friends elsewhere, too!

In The Good Ole Days, from time to time, I'd send in articles for publication in The Republican Journal (eventually The Village Soup), reflecting on my life in different overseas locations.  Every now and then, I'd come back home to Belfast for a couple of weeks.  Sometimes -- like standing in line at Key Bank on Main Street -- out of the blue, someone (like one of the tellers) would look at the check I was cashing and say, "Oh, you're Stan our Man in Liberia!"  (or Chad, Sudan, Pakistan, Ethiopia...).  It was always nice to get those occasional acknowledgments that someone had actually read what I had written!  Now that The New Young Days have dawned, it's been suggested that I re-connect with people by blogging.  Well, it's taken a while for This Old Dog (now to be known as "Stan Writing from Burundi, Africa") to change his delivery mechanism, but here goes with my first blog.  I hope you'll enjoy my musings, these days from east-central Africa in a small country bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and Lake Tanganyika to the west.  I continue to work for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is my raison d'etre in this part of the world.  For those of you who remember me from The Good Ole Days, I like to recount personal episodes and observations from my daily life (I also like to use foreign-sounding words like "recount," related to the French word raconter, which basically means to tell a story).  I'd love to hear your reactions and suggestions to my blog, so please feel free to write to me at mainestan@hotmail.com .

So, that's my introduction to myself.  The next time, hopefully I'll have something interesting to share  :)

Stan (Writing from Burundi, Africa)   

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