Welcome to my corner of the internet! This is where my thoughts live. :)

Here are just a few things about me:

  1. I am half Kenyan and half Singaporean.
  2. I have 8 siblings (4 sisters and 4 brothers). I am 3rd in the lineup.
  3. Places I have lived include Kenya, Singapore, Pennsylvania, New York City, Houston, Boston, and Connecticut.
  4. Joel and I currently live in Connecticut where we have a house and some pretty stellar friends.
  5. Places I have traveled (not counting where I have lived) include: France, England, Canada, Bahamas, all over the USA & Hawaii, Tanzania, Brussels, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius, Seychelles, and India.
  6. I went to boarding school from grades 3-12 and LOVED IT.
  7. I have a PhD and 2 masters degrees.
  8. Joel and I have been married since December 2007.
  9. I have completed 2 marathons. The Hartford Marathon and the New Jersey Marathon.
  10. I grew up in Kenya.
  11. When I was 17, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
  12. I love to write.
  13. I once had a mole removed from my finger. I still have a scar.
  14. I use WhatsApp and Gchat daily to keep in touch with friends and family.
  15. My favorite way to unwind after a long day is to read a book.

And now you know a little bit about me!



66 thoughts on “About

  1. Nice to meet you! I have a scar on my finger too, My mother accidentally slammed her Austin Mini door shut on it. But it sounds cooler if I say I did it fishing or hunting. I ran 2 marathons too here in Vancouver Canada.

  2. Hi Dawn – thanks for stopping by my blog letting me know that you were there so I could visit you here. Wow, you are quite a traveler and have such an unusual set of parents – Kenya and Singapore – that must be quite a story in itself. When I was in grad school in Cincinnati, I befriended a brother/sister pair whose parents were from Singapore and the former Czechoslovakia. One of my close friends is Indian but grew up in Ethiopia. So many fascinating stories shared!

  3. Kenyan… has run two marathons, that’s like a Russian bragging about weightlifting! Anyway thanks for visiting my site, ya charming young beauty.

    Peace be the Botendaddy

      1. Yes it is, I have visited ALL of the continents except South America and Antarctica. I also have citizenship in 2 countries!!

  4. Hello, thanks for following a couple of my posts. Thought I’d check out your blog. I think it’s awesome you’ve got a PhD—would that I could go that far! I aimed for that in astronomy at first, but…that kind of intensive study wasn’t for me, I’m more of a teacher. Anyhow, hello. I’ve followed you on Facebook and Twitter since I don’t like to email follow people. Is there a way to follow you via WordPress, by any chance?

      1. Hi Emma! Thanks for checking out my blog! It’s nice to “meet” you! :) I’m glad you found the follow button — now that I think about it, I’m actually not sure where it is, but I’m glad you found it! :)

      2. I broke down and used the Reader, lol. You can add a WP follow button to your sidebar, but it turns out it’s automatically under your name in the Notifications tab or in the Reader.

      3. Ah gotcha, I will look into adding a WP follow button, I imagine it would be useful! thanks for the suggestion! :)

      4. Yeah it’s in the widgets…in customization. If you want more detailed info I’d be happy to oblige, but given that your blog doesn’t have the black WP band across the top and there’s no follow button in the lower corner…I’m guessing you’re not exactly new to the blogging game ;)

      5. haha! i’m pretty new but have been working on learning everything! thanks so much for the tip! :)

      6. Ah well, it looked from your setup and all that you were maybe self hosted or something. How long have you been blogging then? For me it’s been about 4-ish years, on and off. I didn’t get *really* serious until a month ago.

      7. about a month! but wow, you are a total veteran! i’ve been poking around your site and gravatar profile — 3 blogs and guest blogging, very impressive indeed! :)

      8. Technically 4 at this point…though SaYD (as I call it for short) is the only one that’s super successful so far. Common Sense Politics US, The Sojourns of Star Trek, and Toleventures are all relatively recent projects and I haven’t had much time to spare for them. The guest blogging has only been regular for the past few months and is monthly. I don’t really see myself as a veteran—I just started a blog 4 years ago, that doesn’t mean anything. I’m new in a lot of other ways and don’t quite have the audience I aim to reach…in my view, we all have room to improve.

      9. Sounds very productive! I like your mindset – there’s always room for improvement! I totally agree! :)

      10. I hope it’s productive…I have so much more I want to be doing that I don’t seem to find the time for. Sojourns is a baby blog that I haven’t bothered to promote cuz it barely has any of the sections I want it to have…and that will likely take a long time…I haven’t posted to Toleventures for months and I haven’t even customized Common Sense Politics from WP’s default settings…and about 80% of SaYD’s menu is unavailable as of yet. But I’m getting there…

      11. I know what you mean, there’s never enough time for everything. Sounds like you know what you’re doing though :)

      12. Hahaha :) Well, at least I know that at the end of October, I’ll *finally* start populating SaYD’s menu with stuff besides astronomy. Not that I don’t love astronomy. But it’s not supposed to be the primary focus of the blog…

      13. Yay for SaYD progress in October! That’s super exciting! I’m sure it will feel great to build that blog even bigger. :) Good for you girl!

  5. Nice to meet you Wairimu. I also come from Kenya, originally. I haven’t run a marathon yet…ooops! but I jog every morning. It was great visiting your blog!!!!

    1. Hi Liz! Nice to “meet” you! :) Always wonderful to connect with another Kenyan – AND you’re a runner too! :) we have a lot in common! :)

  6. Thanks for sharing so much about yourself, Dawn. I enjoyed reading this. And thanks for liking a post of mine a couple of weeks ago. It’s taken me a while to catch up! I love NYC. If and when I return, I’ll look up your Airbnb.

  7. Hi Dawn! Thanks for the like on my blog post. It’s so fascinating that you’ve lived in so many places. What would you say are the two biggest differences between Kenyan and Singaporean culture? How do you incorporate those two sides of your heritage into your daily life?

    1. Hi Katie! Such good questions! I’d say the 2 cultures are very different in general, but the thing that pops to mind is FOOD — completely different cuisines! Both delicious in their own way. I have a lot of art and decor from both cultures in my home that i brought with me from both places. Thanks for stopping by! You’re welcome back any time! 😁

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