Djibouti Jones COVID19 Diary

Djibouti Jones COVID19 Diary

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Day by day brief updates from Djibouti during the coronavirus pandemic. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachel-jones2/support


May 21. And That’s a Wrap!
May 21 • 3 min
Update from Djibouti and shutting it down. Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death https://amzn.to/2ycU15H And the rest of my books: Finding…
Vania Muriuki. From Nairobi to Beirut and Back Again.
May 12 • 32 min
I am so excited to introduce you to my brilliant and talented friend Vania. She was an international student, studying in Lebanon, when the country made a hasty decision to send all the students back to their home countries. Now she is living in her…
May 11. Re-Opening? Just Kidding.
May 11 • 6 min
Djibouti decided to slow down the process of reopening. Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death https://amzn.to/2ycU15H And the rest of my books:…
May 8. Is it Over? Maybe? Maybe not?
May 8 • 7 min
Djibouti is opening up. What does that mean? What does any of this mean? Tiger King is an Ethical Train Wreck, the Atlantic Stories from the Horn Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti Jones…
May 7. A Blessing by Jan Richardson
May 7 • 4 min
I needed some lovely words today. I’m pretty sure we all need lovely words. In this episode I read a blessing over you. Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book…
May 6. Are Expats Really Better Prepared for This?
May 6 • 8 min
I give 7 reasons expatriates are (maybe) well-prepared for this pandemic and lockdown. And then I disagree with all of them. Plus, Djibouti has a sad day, our third death. Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti…
May 5. When the Nurse Warns Me Vaccinations Will Change My Religion
May 5 • 5 min
What is it like to give blood while being warned that vaccines are a plot to take over the world? Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death…
May 4. 10 Reasons Kids Should Never Play Outside.
May 4 • 7 min
I wrote this essay a long time ago. Seems relevant for today. It is dangerous out there, kiddos. Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death…
May 2. What is Djibouti Doing to Keep Deaths Down?
May 2 • 6 min
Djibouti has one of the highest percentage of cases on the continent yet only two deaths. In this episode I explain my (totally unscientific) ideas about what the Ministry of Health has done well to keep death numbers low. Support this podcast here, just…
May 1. US Base on Lockdown
May 1 • 5 min
Today I said goodbye to another teacher, she boarded an evacuation flight (tears at the airport, no tears on the podcast this time). And, the US military base in Djibouti has gone on strict lockdown after 2 positive cases. Support this podcast here, just…
Lorraine. My Mentor and Running Coach Talks about Creative Ways to Serve
Apr 30 • 19 min
Lorraine Nordmeyer works in Djibouti and I don’t know what I would do without her here. Her perspective is beautiful, her delight in her local community is infectious, and her wisdom is profound. She mentioned in this interview a face mask designed that…
April 29. All the Other Times of Isolation
Apr 29 • 12 min
I went back through our family history to remember other times we have been in forced isolation. More often than I’d previously thought. From terrorism to war to cancer… Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti…
April 28. 8 Tips for Momming When Life Falls Apart
Apr 28 • 6 min
Wisdom from Burundi, from years ago but that still applies today. How do we help our kids through trauma? How do we maintain stability and joy while not ignoring the fear, grief, and pain? Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button.…
Nicolette Hutcherson. Locked Down AGAIN in Lebanon
Apr 27 • 32 min
Lebanon ALREADY had a revolution. Lebanon ALREADY had a financial crisis. What happens when the coronavirus comes to town? You can find Nicolette at her website. Support this podcast here, just click on the “Support” button. Find more Djibouti Jones…
April 25. WHO and Rambling
Apr 25 • 6 min
What does the cutting of WHO funding mean for places like the Horn of Africa? Spoiler alert: I don’t really know but am trying to learn more. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death https://amzn.to/2ycU15H…
April 24. You Can Leave Behind One Sentence. What Is It?
Apr 24 • 8 min
Here’s a great question to ponder: if the world has ended and you had the privilege of leaving behind our only message to the next creatures but you have to put your message into the fewest words possible, what would you say? Here’s what I would say. This…
April 23. Is the USA a Failed State? Plus, I Get Mad.
Apr 23 • 13 min
Today I get a little cranky again on the podcast. It makes me nervous. I make an inappropriate joke and take it back. I talk about the literal sh*t in my yard. I say What the FORK?! a couple of times. Oh well. I read an article that made me angry. It made…
Jessica Gardner. Training Local Women in Business During a Pandemic
Apr 22 • 36 min
Jessica is amazing. What a joy to have her on the podcast, from across my neighborhood right here in Djibouti. She offers practical tips for raising littles during this lockdown. She talks about her worries for family in the USA and what it feels like to…
April 21. And Then It Rained. And Rained. And Rained.
Apr 21 • 6 min
Djibouti already had a flood, in November. We also already had locusts. And a new disease, chikungunya. I think we have had our fair share of hard things. Oh - and we’re starting at 60% unemployment. And then came Covid 19 and then came a second and third…
April 20. What the Church Needs to Learn from this Pandemic
Apr 20 • 12 min
Here’s how I hope we come out of this pandemic changed. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death https://amzn.to/2ycU15H And the rest of my books: Finding Home, Welcome to Djibouti, and Djiboutilicious.…
April 18. Does It REALLY Matter How Your Kids Remember This Time?
Apr 18 • 7 min
Make sure the kids have good memories! Do all the creative things! Hold your temper! Clean, cook, work, teach! And have fun! Sometimes, it is just too much. What will your kids remember? Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book…
The First Year of Marriage as an Expat in China, During a Pandemic
Apr 17 • 38 min
I talked with Cosette Wang and you think your first year of marriage had unique challenges?! She describes life in China during the pandemic and during her first year of marriage. I love what she shares about the skills they are gaining now, laying the…
April 16. The Blessing Between Us
Apr 16 • 3 min
Today I pass along a blessing, via Jessica Sanborn, by Jan Richardson. You can find Jessica’s writing and sign up for her email blessings at her website here. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death…
Abigail Munday. Prayer Walking in Japan and from Isolation
Apr 15 • 36 min
Today I share an interview with Abigail Munday. We talk about going through an earthquake at this time, understanding Covid 19 from a cultural perspective, her heart for fighting human trafficking, and ancient bedrock wisdom. Abigail ends the episode with…
April 14. A Musical Video Performance
Apr 14 • 3 min
This is to the tune of The Other Side, in The Greatest Showman. My daughter wrote all the lyrics herself, instead of performing at school like she was supposed to. Will she convince the rebellious mother to stay home? You’ll have to watch and see.…
April 13. In Which I Vent
Apr 13 • 8 min
Today I feel angry. And confused and upset. Here’s what all that sounds like. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death https://amzn.to/2ycU15H And the rest of my books: Finding Home, Welcome to Djibouti, and…
April 11. Light in the Darkness, an Easter Homily by John O’Donohue
Apr 11 • 7 min
“No matter how assured or competent we may feel, there is none of us who has not large territories of fear in our hearts, fear of sharing ourselves, of opening ourselves, of entering life. That is why we come to an ancient holy place like this, before the…
Jessica Dame. Stuck Between Morocco and the USA.
Apr 10 • 16 min
What happens when you leave your host country for a couple of days and then can’t return for weeks? Or months? In this candid episode, Jessica shares about the unique challenges of not being home and of living out a suitcase with her husband and three…
April 9. Resurrection Hope
Apr 9 • 7 min
Djibouti announced its first death. A decomposing dead goopy thing stinks up my kitchen. And, I talk about (and get choked up about) celebrating Easter. How will you celebrate Easter, if you’re an Easter-person? Find more Djibouti Jones…
April 8. 11 Tips for Running Your Own Race
Apr 8 • 11 min
I’ve done a lot of racing alone. There just aren’t many races in the Horn of Africa and certainly not for women. So I have some experience. My own races have included: 10k, three different 5ks, and a half marathon. Here are 11 tips for how to make them…
Laurie Meberg. Surviving Covid 19 in France
Apr 7 • 29 min
In this episode, Laurie Meberg, an American expatriate living in France, shares about her family’s experience of contracting (probably) Covid-19. France wasn’t testing everyone at that time, but the doctors treated their illness as though it was Covid.…
April 6. When Being Alive is Enough, and Birthdays
Apr 6 • 7 min
Annie Dillard said, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” And Marilyn Gardner said, “Just being alive is productive enough.” Wise women, profound truths. Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death…
April 5. Quiz Time: Stay or Go?
Apr 5 • 2 min
I made a quiz today to help people make this hard, hard decision of staying or going. It is light-hearted and all under grace. And it was fun to make. You can take the quiz here. It might take 3-5 minutes. My daughter said it was “awesome.” Find more…
April 4. Fear and Hope in an Age of Disease
Apr 4 • 18 min
What does fear feel like? How are fear and hope connected? What did I write two weeks ago that I would change now? Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death https://amzn.to/2ycU15H And the rest of my books:…
April 3. We’re Not Gonna Get It (we hope)
Apr 3 • 2 min
You can watch our family make fools of ourselves. You can also follow along with our lyrics and even dance with us! Find more Djibouti Jones http://www.djiboutijones.com Find my book Stronger than Death https://amzn.to/2ycU15H And the rest of my books:…
April 2. Learning from Those in Fragile Societies.
Apr 2 • 11 min
The disruption to “normal” life and the exposure of our fears also reveals what is everyday normal for some people all around the world. Even as we learn empathy from this crisis, what can we actually and practically learn from those who have always lived…
All Will Be Well. But What Does That Mean?
Apr 1 • 7 min
Julian of Norwich said, “All will be well and all will be well and all manner of things will be well.” That isn’t what the world looks like right now. Or is it? What does it mean to be well? Have we put our own demand onto that word, that phrase? How can…
March 31. The Only COVID19 Playlist You Need
Mar 31 • 2 min
Yesterday’s episode was for crying. Today’s is for dancing. Or crying. Or laughing. I made a Spotify playlist that has it all. Listen to this super short episode to hear early feedback (from people with much better musical taste than me) on the song…
March 30. Evacuating Expats
Mar 30 • 6 min
This episode is raw and vulnerable. I recorded it while crying, through tears. Evacuating expatriates is so emotional and I can’t keep mine from spilling over. There is no comparison in hard things, but there are some challenges unique to each individual…
March 29. How Expat Families Stay in Touch
Mar 29 • 7 min
Shared experiences are a significant part of developing connections. How do you do that across the planet? Or across the street, during a pandemic? Take some advice from a family that knows how to do it based on 17 years of experience. Find more Djibouti…
March 28. Somali Resources for Kids (and adults)
Mar 28 • 7 min
What has the local government done so far? From what I see, they are doing a good job. And, I introduce you to one of my favorite Somali language learning resources, Sam of Somalia. Check out his YouTube channel here and his brand-new (we were the literal…
March 27. 11 Ways to Wipe Your Dji-Booty Without Toilet Paper
Mar 27 • 5 min
Are you out of TP? No problem! Take some tips from those of us who live in Dji-booty. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find the opening song and more of Stephanie Sweet’s amazing music here. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachel-jones2/support
March 26. What about Cancer?
Mar 26 • 9 min
Djibouti ramps up the shut-down but there are still significant anomalies specific to local culture. And I answer the question: “Am I worried about my cancer while during this time?” Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find the opening song and more of…
March 25. Where is Home for Expats During a Crisis?
Mar 25 • 8 min
Djibouti has more positive cases of COVID19 today. I wrestle with the concept of home. Plus, some of Djibouti’s sounds, the sounds of home here. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find the opening song and more of Stephanie Sweet’s amazing music here. —-…
March 24. The Goodnesses
Mar 24 • 7 min
People are good and do beautiful things for each other. And, we call the emergency health line. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find the opening song and more of Stephanie Sweet’s amazing music here. —- Support this podcast:…
March 23. Just Kidding. It Came Back.
Mar 23 • 6 min
Things change. So.Fast. Golfing with camels and then a disease. We are bracing ourselves. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find the opening song and more of Stephanie Sweet’s amazing music here. —- Support this podcast:…
March 22. COVID19 Has Left Djibouti.
Mar 22 • 7 min
There was a case of COVID19 and now there isn’t. Where did it go? Plus, I interview my daughter for a teenage perspective on the coronavirus. Spoiler alert: she’s awesome. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find the opening song and more of Stephanie Sweet’s…
March 21, 2020. Do We Stay or Do We Go?
Mar 22 • 5 min
Today’s travel advisory is upsetting and Krispy Kreme comes to Djibouti, except even better. We made the world’s best donuts with this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find the opening song and more of Stephanie Sweet’s…
March 20, 2020. What IS Hoarding? Plus, a car accident
Mar 22 • 7 min
How much of something constitutes hoarding? What items get hoarded most? Will they be used it not needed for this crisis? Plus, I had a car accident today and it was especially terrifying now. Why, exactly? Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find Stephanie…
March 19, 2020. We Know How to Take Care of Each Other
Mar 22 • 6 min
Now that COVID19 is confirmed in Djibouti, I share a little bit about what Djiboutians are saying. Personally, I found it quite convicting. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find Stephanie Sweet’s amazing music here. —- Support this podcast:…
March 18, 2020. It’s Here
Mar 22 • 7 min
Today Djibouti moved from Level 0 to Level 1. Plus, I have a headache. Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find Stephanie Sweet’s amazing music here. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachel-jones2/support
Djibouti Jones COVID19 Diary: March 17, 2020. Connected.
Mar 22 • 7 min
What does it feel like to watch and wait and wonder and hold our breath…? Find more Djibouti Jones here. Find Stephanie Sweet’s amazing music here. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rachel-jones2/support