The Water Diaries: My Chat With Matt Damon

The Water Diaries: My Chat With Matt Damon

“Every 21 seconds a child under the age of 5 dies because he or she doesn’t have access to clean water,” Matt Damon told me. “I know,” I replied, simpering a bit and feeling like an advertisement for my mystery series. “That’s...
How to Turn Books Into Water

How to Turn Books Into Water

As a mystery author, I’ve drawn inspiration from years living in Mexico and Central America, as well as my travels in East Africa and the South Pacific. I’ve met amazing people, learned about different cultures . . . and seen too many communities without running water...

World Malaria Day: Song of the Mosquito

I’m tiny, innocuous. Driven by instinct. I’m tiny, innocuous. I hum as I go. I’m tiny, innocuous, and I killed over 22,000 foolish Frenchmen who thought they could build a canal in Panama. I gave them malaria and yellow fever and they went away. I’m tiny, innocuous,...

Three Lessons from Mrs. Grackle

Can an obscure Nicaraguan bird teach us problem solving skills? Yes, but it depends on how hungry you are. I have the good fortune to live where it is sunny and warm most of the year. Most days start with a workout in the pool. A swimmer is an object to curiosity to...

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