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Peace Corps Worldwide

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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.

The NY Times on Jason Carter (S Africa 1998–2000) and his grandfather - Posted 8 hours ago to Peace Corps Writers

The New York Times ran a lengthy, front-page article in its Sunday edition (7/27/14) about Peace Corps writer Jason Carter (South Africa 1998–2000) who is the Democratic candidate for Governor in Georgia, and the close relationship he has with his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter. The article relates that Jason was advised to join the Peace Corps by his grandfather... (Read More)

Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996-97) writes about Wm. T. Vollmann - Posted 8 hours ago to Peace Corps Writers

The August issue of New Republic carries a long (and engaging) piece by Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996–97) entitled, “You Are Now Entering The Demented Kingdom of William T. Vollmann.” Vollmann, as Tom writes, “has been churning out thick, conceptually audacious books faster than New York publishing could keep pace. From 1987 through 1993, for instance, Vollmann published eight books through five difference houses.” It turns out that Tom Bissell first came upon Vollmann's vast.. (Read More)

Travels with Benjamín - Posted 3 days ago to Introduced Species

Colombia. 1966. Twenty-three and, seasoned by our two year Peace Corps stint, we were cocky, confident and keen on adventure.  Barbara, Noel and I decided to wend our way back to the United States via Central America and Mexico.  My friends were posted together in the interior; I was on the coast.  We wrote back and forth. “I’m not sure I’m ready for the U.S. yet.. (Read More)

Wise words for new authors - Posted 3 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

A couple of days ago Brooke Warner at Huffington Post posted an article listing mistakes new writers shouldn't make. They are: 1. Believing what they want to hear. 2. Not taking advantage of every available digital platform. 3. Deciding that they don't need a marketing campaign, or starting one too late. 4. Believing that more is better. 5. Going renegade. 6. Not doing enough research on who they're.. (Read More)

Review: Church of the Adagio: Poems by Philip Dacey (Nigeria 1963–65) - Posted 4 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Church of the Adagio: Poems by Philip Dacey (Nigeria 1963-65) Rain Mountain Press $15.00 95 pages June 2014 Reviewed by Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93) Reading Philip Dacey's poems is like having a conversation with a funny, sophisticated, and insightful friend. You're laughing, you're nodding in appreciation, you're saying, “A-ha. I never saw things that way, but-wow-you're right.” And you don't want to say goodbye anytime soon. If you pick up Dacey's new collection of.. (Read More)

US Pulls Peace Corps Volunteers From Kenya - Posted 4 days ago to Peace Corps: Public Records

ABC News is reporting an AP story that Peace Corps has pulled Volunteers from Kenya.  Here is the link: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-pulls-peace-corps-volunteers-kenya-24696220?singlePage=true Here is the AP story:  Please note that there is an error in giving the beginning of the Peace Corps.  It was President Kennedy, not Senator Kennedy, who initiated the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961 by Executive Order. "NAIROBI, Kenya — Jul 24, 2014, 1:05 PM ET By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated.. (Read More)

Restricted Credit Will Impede Housing Recovery - Posted 4 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Financial FAQs As if we need more evidence that the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau and government regulators have listened to the wrong people when drafting their Qualified Mortgage requirements (that lowers the maximum debt-to-income ratio to 43 percent for non-agency mortgages, disallows interest only options and 40-yr amortization for starters), while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac add huge fees and stricter underwriting criteria to anyone below a 700 credit score (which is almost.. (Read More)

Gwyn Hyman Rubio (Costa Rica 1971–73) has new novel coming out - Posted 4 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Gwyn Hyman Rubio's newest novel will be published in October. Entitled Love & Ordinary Creatures. Gwyn's website says this about the book: Love and Ordinary Creatures is told through the eyes of a cockatoo in love with his very human caretaker. Snatched in a net from his Australian homeland as a young parrot, Caruso has adapted to captivity and has.. (Read More)

On Leaders and Their Minions - Posted 5 days ago to Homesteading: Starting from Scratch

I have been quite involved and supportive of two very different online learning communities over the last years in search of the intellectual stimulation and emotional support that is lacking in my very rural setting.  Though they were completely different from one another in every way---ideologically, demographically, socially, structurally---I've left each of them highly disappointed for the same reason. The reason is one that takes me back to my years teaching in the physical classroom rather.. (Read More)

Existing-Home Sales On Rise Again - Posted 5 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

The Mortgage Corner The NAR just reported total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, climbed 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in June from an upwardly-revised 4.91 million in May. Sales are at the highest pace since October 2013 (5.13 million), but remain 2.3 percent below the 5.16 million-unit level a year ago, due partly to inventory shortage, and.. (Read More)