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  • Peace Corps Worldwide is an online community and resource for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), their friends and families, and all who share a desire for international understanding. Peace Corps Worldwide is in no way associated with the Peace Corps or the National Peace Corps Association.

Consumers Lead Growth, and Business Investment - Posted 5 hours ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Financial FAQs The U.S. economy grew at a faster 3.7 percent annual clip in the second quarter, up from the initial estimate of 2.3 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Why was that a surprise to those short sellers afraid of Chinese market contagion, now that the DOW and all stock indexes have soared over the past 2 days? It’s a repeat performance of the past 2 years. Those severe winters stopped growth in.. (Read More)

Consumers Lead Growth, and Business Investment - Posted 7 hours ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Financial FAQs The U.S. economy grew at a faster 3.7 percent annual clip in the second quarter, up from the initial estimate of 2.3 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Why was that a surprise to those short sellers afraid of Chinese market contagion, now that the DOW and all stock indexes have soared over the past 2 days? It’s a repeat performance of the past 2 years. Those severe winters stopped.. (Read More)

A Writer Writes: Simone Zelitch (Hungary 1991-93) My Freedom Summer Peace Corps Novel - Posted 8 hours ago to Peace Corps Writers

A Writer Writes My Freedom Summer Peace Corps Novel By Simone Zelitch (Hungary 1991-93) Over twenty years after my time in Peace Corps Hungary, I've finally published my Peace Corps novel.  No, it doesn't take place at the University of Veszprem in 1991; it's set in Mississippi. Waveland (The Head and the Hand 2015) centers on a hapless, earnest, white.. (Read More)

Better Economic Growth Coming? - Posted 23 hours ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Popular Economics Weekly Barron’s economist Gene Epstein forecasts the possibility tomorrow’s Q2 GDP growth could be revised from 2.3 to 3.5 percent. I believe he’s a bit optimistic, but today’s snapback of stocks does mean that emerging market problems may have panicked the day traders that are seldom interested in fundamentals. Those fundamentals are impressive—durable goods orders are up, and consumer confidence is soaring. New-home sales are advancing due to rock bottom.. (Read More)

Record Post-Recession Home Sales, Construction, Case-Shiller Prices in July - Posted 2 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

The Mortgage Corner With all the bad news coming from the stock market, it’s good to know that this hasn’t affected the housing market. In fact, it’s pushing interest rates lower, so that a conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate has dropped to 3.50 percent in California. And that will continue to boost home sales (and prices, of course). That’s why Case-Shiller shows two cities already above their bubble highs, and the Conference Board’s.. (Read More)

Ten Key Steps In Writing Your Novel #11 - Posted 2 days ago to On Writing and Publishing

The # 11-Key Step: This extra step is like the 19th hole for golfers. You're back in the bar at the club house going over your score and declaring if you had made a couple of putts on the front nine, or if that wedge on the par- 5 hadn't  checked up below the hole on 17.... why instead of 87, you could have posted a 72 or 73. That's golf. That's writing.. (Read More)

Ten Key Steps In Writing Your Novel #10 - Posted 3 days ago to On Writing and Publishing

The # 10 Key Step: Imposing a structure on your book. When I was writing my first published novel, The Piercing, I imposed a structure on the plot that complemented the religious overtones of the book. As a specific time frame for my story I chose the 40 days of Lent. I then divided the book into 40 chapters, one for each day. This structure enabled me to pace the story while.. (Read More)

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, KJV) - Posted 3 days ago to Peace Corps: Public Records

Director Carrie Hessler- Radelet did not quote the King James Bible when she introduced the Peace Corps new Faith Based Initiative at Calvin College last February. She did announce that the purpose was to "connect with faith-based NGOs and networks in the United States, and also to better support communities of faith overseas" Here, again, is the link to her remarks: http://www.calvin.edu/chimes/2015/02/12/peace-corps-director-opens-up-on-faith-development-and-changes-in-the-peace-corps/ How will Peace Corps.. (Read More)

Ten Key Steps In Writing Your Novel # 9 - Posted 4 days ago to On Writing and Publishing

The # 9 Key Step: The chapters of your book need to gain momentum and each chapter needs to be "larger" than the previous one. Think of your chapters as rooms in a building in which each space that one enters is larger than the previous one, and you, as the author, are leading a tour. The readers must sense that as they read they are making progress: learning, and understanding more.. (Read More)

Ten Key Steps In Writing Your Novel #8 - Posted 5 days ago to On Writing and Publishing

The # 8 Key Step: Commit yourself to a point of view early in your planning and stay with it. This enables your-and your readers-to get a footing in your story. "Point of view" is a term that refers to the relationship between the storyteller, the story and the reader. A story can be told from three different points of view--first person, second person or third person. Our natural inclination is to have.. (Read More)