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6/6/2012 -   Kalinisa, Kenesh Village, Kyrgyzstan 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

6/6/2012 -   Lama, Jordan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Mujeres de Xeconjom Group, Guatemala LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Nuevo Horizonte Group, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Miriam, Negev, Israel LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Noem, Ang Snoul, Cambodia  LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2012 - Phally, Takeo Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

7/10/2012 - Carmel, Cadiz, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

8/4/2012 -   Julia, Boane, Maputo, Mozambique LOAN REPAID IN FULL

8/4/2012 -   Khishigjargal, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

8/11/2012 - Miladys Dayana, Barranquilla, Colombia

9/23/2012 - Dugarmaa, Arhangai, Mongolia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Divino Niño Jesus Group, Caaguazú, Paraguay LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Armando, Tonala, Mexico   LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/17/2012 - Doraliza, Ica, Peru LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/27/2012 - Sola, Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/27/2012 - Sergio, Huatusco, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/28/2012 - Sophie, Yaoundé, Cameroon LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/29/2012 - Paradi De Dolval Group, Trou-du-Nord, Haiti

12/29/2012 - Makieu Andrew's Group, Kenema, Sierra Leone LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/30/2012 - Alia, Wihdat, Jordan

1/1/2013 -     Prudence 3 Group, Brazzaville, Congo LOAN REPAID IN FULL

1/8/2013 -    Marcia De Jesús, El Sauce, Nicaragua

1/21/2013 -  Caroline, Toluca Lake, United States

2/5/2013 -    Diana Cecilia, Huaraz, Peru 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

2/20/2013 -  Lorna, Poblacion 3, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Phillipines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

2/20/2013 - Kwamboka, Nyamira, Kenya

3/15/2013 - Halima, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/15/2013 - Mwanaisha, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Leda Del Rosario, Managua, Nicaragu LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Seda, Ujanis village, Syuniq region, Armenia

5/15/2013 - Vilma, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

5/19/2013 - Teimuraz, Kutaisi, Georgia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2013 - Leonora, Bogo, Cebu, Philippines

6/20/2013 - Sherry, Knoxville TN, United States

6/28/2013 - Zahava, Kiryat Ono, Israel

6/28/2013 - Ilkin, Azerbaijan

7/25/2013 - Sine, Albania

7/25/2013 - Luzdina, Pucallpa, Peru

7/25/2013 - Wossidji Iv Group, Warinibougou, Mali LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/5/2013 -  Norma Carolina, Managua, Nicaragua

9/2/2013 -  Nubia Teresa, Montería, Colombia

9/22/2013 - Salina, Kapsabet, Kenya

9/29/2013 - Purevsuren, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

9/29/2013 - Sambath, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

10/1/2013 - Rinat, Beit Shemesh, Israel

11/3/2013 - Asiya, Ibanda, Uganda

11/3/2013 - Nafisakham, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11/13/2013 - Harriet, Bombo Road, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/13/2013 - Elizabeth, Naivasha, Kenya

11/14/2013 - Sonia Antonieta, La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras

11/26/2013 - Lidia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

12/11/2013 - Teresa Aracely, Osicala, El Salvador

1/4/2014 - Queren Yined, Bogota, Columbia

1/4/2014 - Jorge Carlos, Cochabamba, Bolivia

1/9/2014 - Esther, Sanniquellie, Liberia

1/19/2014 - Sarim, Siem Reap, Cambodia

1/20/2014 - Betty, Kampala, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/4/2014 - Hulkarkhon, Khujand, Tajikistan

3/4/2014 - Fenehas Jason, Hoima, Uganda

3/6/2014 - Maa Bastaren Group, MURIBAHAL, BALANGIR, ODISHA, India

4/10/2014 - Karine, Vanadzor, Armenia

4/10/2014 - Mona, Araara, Israel

4/10/2014 - Nermin, Kosova LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/10/2014 - Juana Patricia, El Salvador

4/17/2014 - Mentari Group, CILACAP, Indonesia

4/17/2014 - Analiza, Segatic Daku Misamis Occidental, Philippines

4/17/2014 - Shahnoz, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

4/17/2014 - Susana Del Rosario - El Salvador

5/25/2014 - Violet, Kasse, Uganda

5/25/2014 - Alba Del Socorro, Somotillo, Nicaragua

7/13/2014 - Parbati Shg Group, Junagarh, Odisha, India

7/14/2014 - Trinity, Hurungwe, Zimbabwe

7/14/2014 - Madina Khaitsa, Nakaloke, Uganda

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana



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    Show and Tell

    Beautiful and elegant photography. Stimulating, thoughtful writing.  The ordinary concerns of individual lives set into an extraordinary, world-wide context. All of this, and more, is Vision and Verb.

    From my first visit to these pages until the day I agreed to become part of the community, something about the site's memorable, alliterative name nagged at me. It seemed uncannily familiar.  How that could be I wasn't sure, since I couldn't remember meeting the phrase in any other context. The thought that "Vision and Verb" had been part of my earlier life seemed fanciful and foolish, and so I set it aside.

    Then one morning I awoke, startled and attentive long before dawn, with another fully-formed phrase echoing in my mind.  "Show and tell," I said to my bemused cat. "Show and tell. That's the connection with Vision and Verb."

    And so it is. Long before we begin developing a more comprehensive vision of the world, long before we have not only the verbs but also the nouns, adjectives and prepositions to describe our world to others, the impulse to share it is alive.  Whether "Show and Tell" still survives in the schools I can't say, but I remember it fondly from my own grade school years. "Does anyone have anything to show us?" my teachers asked each morning, looking around the room for contributors.

    We certainly did. I remember sharing my pet box turtle, some limestone rocks I'd painted with water colors, a silver dollar from my dad's coin collection, and my great-grandmother's butter paddle. Once, a classmate brought in a walking stick he'd captured - the strangest creature any of us had seen. Always, there were peanut butter jars filled with lady bugs, crickets and worms. There were old tools and hand-knit dishcloths, pretty jewelry and prettier leaves. Once, a girl brought her baby sister. We learned a good bit about the world as we found those first, halting words to describe our treasures - even as we began to learn about one another.

    Pondering the sweet simplicity of that childhood sharing, I found myself intrigued by an adult question. If I were to choose something to share here, what would it be? What one object would I bring to Vision and Verb as my way of "showing and telling" a bit about myself?  Difficult as it was, I finally settled on the suitcase above. It's a bit of a cheat, since the suitcase is filled with even more wonderful things, but it (and its contents) are perfectly suited for sharing.

    The suitcase belonged to my mother. She carried it on her honeymoon in 1938, and clung to it with a kind of fierce protectiveness through all the decades that followed. When she moved to Texas, the suitcase came with her, and it wasn't long before it took on new life as the "treasure bag". Each time we were forced to evacuate in advance of a hurricane, the suitcase and its contents were stowed in the back seat of the car, with my howling cat atop in her carrier.

    What qualifies as treasure varies from year to year. The relative importance of objects ebbs and flows, but always the bag is filled with tangible memories, bits of life that simply can't be abandoned. This year, I took out the handmade coat I wore as an infant, the small bag of costume jewelry that no longer seems important, the set of jacks from my grade school years and four of my dad's six wristwatches.

    Still remaining are Dad's leather work gloves, my mother's hand-crocheted Baptismal dress, the cribbage board we enjoyed as a family and my great-great-great-grandfather's fife, which he carried in the Civil War. There is an armload of silver bracelets I collected in my travels across Africa, a carved wooden crucifix from a leprosarium in Liberia, a few bits of good jewelry and the oldest of the family photographs. The dresser scarf from my parents' first apartment is there, as are some samples of my mother's needlework and the small wooden heart my dad made in his high school shop class.

    By June 1, the first day of Hurricane Season, the suitcase will be ready, waiting in the hall closet while I wait to see what the season brings. During the waiting, I may pull out this or that to share here at Vision and Verb. After all - there's a lot to show, and a lot to tell.


    Reader Comments (17)

    Vision and Verb. Show and Tell. But of course!!! I love how you figured this out, Linda, and how your mom's suitcase is packed to the gills for many show-and-tells to come. This is fun...just like I remember back in school! :)

    May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    But of course!! Now I'm thinking we should re-name the site. How absolutely perfect!! And - I love that this little suitcase holds all of your life's most important and priceless treasures. Can't wait to see what it is you choose to 'show and tell' here at 'vision and verb'.
    Love this!

    May 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    Show and Tell. You have me thinking of so many things. Anticipation of what else you are going to share with us. Thinking of what I would pack in a 'treasure bag.' Brainstorming -- wondering what a 'Show and Tell' area on Vision and Verb might look like. ;)

    May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    I'm so glad that you showed your mother's little suitcase, I have such an affection for holders of special things ... baskets and boxes and bowls, etc.
    Larry and I do a show and tell most everyday, that's what we say when we want the other to come look at some art or photos in the making, such fun!
    And boy, do we understand about paying attention during hurricane season after we spent a few years living on the Florida coast ~ hopeing it's a gentle one this year and you won't have to be grabbing that case and your cat!

    May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    "show and tell..." OF COURSE!!! what a perfect title for all that we do here at v&v. loved the suitcase and the story.

    May 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    What a wonderful sharing of your treasures. The suitcase itself brings such memories...of my charcoal grey Samsonite suitcase that was my high school graduation gift and is still filled with my "stuff" that I leave in Mexico for my next visit. (Did I tell you that I have a garden shed there?)

    Show and Tell had not arrived when I was in school, but I remember well the excitement of my children as they planned what would thrill or intrigue their fellow students. They probably had the same angst that I have now when I am wondering what I will share with you in my next post.

    Good one, Linda.

    May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    What a beautiful post Linda! I have so many items from my grandparents, parents and my childhood that I will always treasure. I'm hoping you'll share some more in future posts...perhaps anything you may know about your great-great-great-grandfather's fife! Oh the images that I create in my mind thinking of him playing it in the Civil War. This is all so incredible! Thank you for such a wonderful wonderful post!

    Beautiful show and tell - and it reminded me of the show and tell times my daughter had in preschool and kindergarten. How we looked through her treasures until she decided what to take. Finding items that start with the letter of the week. These are lovely memories.
    Your mother's suitcase and its contents is a real treasure chest. May you always keep it.

    May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Ginnie ~ Sometimes when my mind works the night shift, it can come up with the most amazing connections. In his very good article "The Eureka Hunt", Jonah Lehrer makes the point that we sometimes focus too intently. The slantwise approach Emilly Dickinson recomended ("tell all the truth but tell it slant") can be far more effective in, for example, turning "vision and verb" into "show and tell".

    Marcie ~ Oh, I think Vision and Verb is just fine. It can contain showing and telling, but I'm not sure "Show and Tell" is quite grown-up enough for what happens here! Glad you enjoyed the post!

    Sue ~ The "treasure bag" really functions like an abandon ship bag. It needs to be ready at all times! That's why I always double check it and the other small bag with the important papers, phone numbers and such by June 1. And it is interesting to repack it every year. It's a good way to spend a little time remembering, and considering what's really important.

    Susan ~ "Show and tell" does stay with us - it's a real dynamic of life. Just last week, I finished painting the window frames on a lovely boat. I love varnishing, but hate painting (who knows what that's about?) In any event, they turned out beautifully, and as the dockmaster came walking along I grabbed him and said, "Come here and LOOK at this! I managed not to mess them up!" Show and tell.

    As for the hurricanes - I've adapted the old Chicago rule for dealing with them. I evacuate early and often. ;)

    Honey ~ I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Backpacks and smooshable carryons are fine, but there's still something about a suitcase that says, "I'm packed for real travel". And here's something else about that suitcase - it's never been on an airplane. It did all its traveling by train, and then by car. That's a little special, too.

    Mother ~ As soon as I read "Samsonite", I thought of the baby blue set I got for graduation - a large and small suitcase and what we called a "train case", the little one with a mirror and trays that allowed a lady to keep with her all the necessities for freshening up!

    And you're exactly right - there's a bit of the same dynamic, the same excitement, when we begin a new entry. The beauty of it is there's so much to show. I worried when I began blogging that I might run out of things to write about. Shoot - I've still got drafts from three years ago waiting to be finished!

    Robin ~ I have written just a bit about my Civil War grandpa. As it turns out, he spent his entire time during the war in Texas and Louisiana, with one brief trip up to Chicago to transport prisoners. I've been to the very place where his service started - he was part of the Yazoo Pass Expedition at Moon Lake, Mississippi - and he mustered out in Houston. I have this fantasy about tracing his path through the war, which would be easy enough to do since I have his regiment's itinerary. I'm glad you found him interesting - tracing family always is fun!

    Carola ~ The only sorrow I have regarding the suitcase and its treasures is that I've no children or grandchildren to pass it on to. It's one reason I'm dispersing some of my personal treasures already. I think I have a couple of good decades left, but I don't want some stranger making the decisions about where my things go - let alone the possessions my folks considered so precious. Some things - especially letters and photos - will go to a museum in my grandparents' town. That thought pleases me a good bit.

    May 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    You are so right. It is a bit of show and tell all over again. I love the suitcase. I bought one that looks similar but is smaller at an antique store recently . I use it to hold all the gradening and other books that I pull out and refer to frequently.

    May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    Oh my goodness, I love it! Show and tell! I love the story of the suitcase.

    May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    I am not sure any one object would show who I am, it would probably need a collage to get even close. Or maybe a single self portrait would show it even better...

    May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    Maery Rose ~ What a good use for your suitcase! I do love keeping things in special containers. My kitty's playthings all are in a basket I brought from Liberia. It's a nice way to keep some remembrances around without taking up quite so much room!

    Puna ~ Glad you liked it! I've always thought it was such fun to learn about people's special "things".

    CherryPie ~ Exactly! That's why I cheated and chose the suitcase - all of us are multi-faceted, and it's just so hard to pick one thing. I do like your idea of a self-portrait. That never would occur to me, because I have no artistic talent whatsoever. Well, unless you count the squirrel I carved from Ivory Soap when I was a kid.

    May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    I love how the connection came to you later on Linda. Filling this suitcase with treasures and the fact hose treasures changes is a very practical way to ensure that precious and invaluable momentos are always close at hand. Beautiful suitcase too :-)

    Show and tell, I have never thought of vision and verb in that way. You have given me new ideas, love it. Now, I'm thinking what to 'show and tell' for my next post. thanks

    May 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterPetra

    Anyes ~ The suitcase itself is wonderful, and really in very good shape. Figuring out how to photograph it was the hardest part of the post - just plunking it in the middle of the floor and taking its photo didn't work out so well. ;)

    As for those changing treasures - it's a good way to think about what's important and what's not. One of the hardest lessons of life, I think, is that we don't have to hang on to every "thing"!

    Petra ~ I'm glad my little re-phrasing seems to resonate with folks. All of us still have a little bit of that child inside us, who loves to come running and say, "LOOKIE what I found!"

    May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    You are so right on with that one, this really is our own small version of Show and Tell (which always made me so nervous as a child!) We have gradually learned about each other, here, in this virtual show and tell of who we are, what we stand for, how we make our way in the world.
    I love that you have this suitcase, a treasure on its own, but even better that it is filled with more.

    May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

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