The sun seems to burn brighter in Patagonia.“The scientists say the ozone is thinner in Patagonia,” Claudia Hume said. Hume was my host and personal guide for my stay in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. To my untrained eye, it looked to be true. For sure, the penguins that stood in the sun in front of me would probably also agree as they attempted to keep cool in the intense light...
The constant hum of the bus tires was like a lullaby that attempted to lull me back to sleep. Outside the window, there was a sea of black for the entire night and rarely punctuated with any kind of light. When the morning sun pushed away the darkness, as far as the eye could see was endless scrub.
Dean's happy to announce his new school program, "The Wondrous Mississippi!" If you don't have an author visit set for the 2014-15 school year, Dean would love to be considered. As a biologist, author and world traveler, Dean invites you to bring him in to explore the world of wonder – and the wonder of self.
For a group of about 150 Fremont students from Grant and Washington elementary schools, Friday offered a unique learning opportunity to develop observation and writing skills as students, teachers and administrators joined local author and world traveler Dean Jacobs at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.
Dean's mission is to inspire people to dream and his first course of action is to positively influence our children - our future. This video provides a glimpse into how Dean educates and empowers them to create a good life.
Just back home after another journey to South America, I reflect on the generosity of the Achuar and their appreciation for school supplies and the opportunity to share their knowledge of the rainforest with our students.
This renews my belief that the Achuar Education Project is a very effective way to support the Achuar villages and teach U.S. school children about the rainforest and the people who live there and how the rainforest affects our daily lives.
Sometimes by giving, we receive so much more. To illustrate my point, as I was walking in the rainforest with a group of Achuar students, they played a game of hiding and trying to scare me. One student accidentally landed on an ant nest. He just jumped up, laughed, shook the biting ants off his hands and ran down the trail to find a new hiding spot. He didn’t freak out or scream in fear. He just handled it and continued with the game.
This is a quality I greatly admire in the Achuar; they don’t allow distractions to keep them from enjoying life.
“Welcome to Ecuador,” I announced to 11 people as they walked through the door of the customs area in the Quito airport.
For several years, I have been asked if I would ever lead a trip abroad. This idea has held limited appeal; I like the freedom to move. I’m comfortable taking risks with my own life, not with others.
With persistence, the students of Sig Ep Fraternity from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursued the idea of having me lead them on a journey. Nine active members, one alum and one chaperon were now my traveling companions.
I agreed to this trip under three conditions: first, I am not a babysitter; second, understand this is not a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo rainforest exhibit; and third, and most important, come with the attitude to give.