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Ever since my good friend Beth introduced me to this E.B. White quote about “planning the day” a few years ago, I just keep going back to it. With simplicity and humor, it encapsulates a struggle that marks my way of being in the world. As an activist, I fight for change – but when is it okay to stop for good conversation and a beer? As a humanitarian worker, my job is to design and implement programs for women’s health – but at what point am I putting program implementation before really seeing each individual woman I serve? Is it ever okay to “turn off” my critical justice-oriented commentary to enjoy a baseball game or a new movie?

This conflict isn’t a balance to be struck, but a tension to live within. And this is the place where I’ll write it all down. As a Bostonian in Battambang, Cambodia, Planning the Day is where I come to keep my worlds connected and growing from each other. This blog will be different things at different times, but may include: updates on my life in Battambang, changing ideas about development work, reflections on progressive theology, feminist analysis of news and events, and pretty much anything else I think is worth our time. Welcome!

Just like at most other personal blogs, the opinions here are mine alone. I don’t speak for any of the organizations that I work for or with.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sam permalink
    December 15, 2009 3:23 am

    I love this blog!!! I’m going to miss you a lot in Phnom Penh, but mostly I’m just SOOO happy I met you!!! Thank you!

  2. Sheherzad Kaleem permalink
    February 24, 2010 6:49 am

    Hi Meg,

    I came across you through a comment you left on the FWD website. You had mentioned the work of Banteay Prieb. I am a freelance doucmentary filmmaker based in London, UK and am interested in doing a film about children who are landmine victims. I already have some funding available to me and the final film will have a tv broadcast in London. I have been doing research on the Banteay Prieb, and would like to know if you know of any other NGOs who are doing similar work but maybe purely with children (aged 7-13).

    Is it possible for me to get in touch with you about some of my research and potential for stories in Cambodia? I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you,


  3. June 11, 2011 7:56 pm

    That is a wonderful quote. I had never heard it before!

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