Still trying to figure out that equation. One of these days...
I have vivid memories of my Environmental Systems class at the University of New Mexico on that fateful day, when Mary Frances came in and stood in the back of the room as the class ended at 12:15 PM. I knew about the terrosist attacks, but did not conflate them and my wife's presence. I knew something was wrong, but I had no idea it would involve my younger sister Ann. I thought that either my mother or mother-in-law had taken ill, or perhaps worse. I soon realized the reason for Mary Frances' presence: American Airlines had called saying that Ann had been issued a boarding pass for American Airlines Flight 77. However, they could not confirm that she was a passenger on that flight. It was not until much later that day that AA had confirmed her presence on the flight and her death.
And Ann's murder relates to WatSan, Honduras, & 'The Armpit' in what way?
It prompted me to found the Ann Campana Judge Foundation, whose mission is:
...To promote, undertake, support, and fund philanthropic projects focused on potable water, sanitation, and health in developing countries.
The ACJF emphasizes potable water and sanitation (WatSan) and now works exclusively in Central America, and essentially Honduras.
I just returned from a trip to Honduras to dedicate a library the ACJF partially funded and to check on the dam built for the potable water supply village of Las Palmas.
My friend Rolando López and librarian Maria del Carmen Ramirez:
The dam at Las Palmas:
A pressure break:
Now, what about 'The Armpit'? The next village in which the ACJF might work is El Sobaco, which is Spanish for 'the armpit'. But no matter; El Sobaco's alternate name is 'Brisas de Omoa' - breezes of Omoa (a small city). So now we know what Omoa smells like!
And speaking of armpits...
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way–all of them who have tried to secularize America–I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.' ” – the late Jerry Falwell, a Southern Baptist pastor and televangelist, in an appearance on Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club (2001)