Archive - December 7, 2016

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A Proposal for a Peace Corps Library – Part 2
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“One Monsoon” by Don Messerschmidt (Nepal)

A Proposal for a Peace Corps Library – Part 2

  Peace Corps may be “Forever Young” in the public imagination but in reality, it is one of the oldest “new” federal agencies. Its fifty-five years of operation will take a gigantic effort to accurately document. Public, independent and well funded, a Peace Corps Library needs more to be successful. It needs a professional Librarian Research staff, a RPCV advisory committee, an Internet presence as well as a physical location. A proposal for a Peace Corps Library – Part 1 was posted prior to the Presidential election. See:http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/a-proposal-for-a-peace-corps-library-part-i/ As we await a new administration, we cannot know what direction the Peace Corps may take under new leadership. This is why a Peace Corps Library, must be independent of the Peace Corps agency. Such a Library could continue with its work, regardless of political change at the Peace Corps Agency. Why a Professional Librarian Research Staff? The materials, books, documents, memorabilia . . .

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“One Monsoon” by Don Messerschmidt (Nepal)

  This essay by Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65)  appeared on December 2, 2016, in The Common, a print and digital literary journal published biannually, in the fall and spring. Issues of The Common include short stories, essays, poems, and images that embody a strong sense of place.  The Common Online publishes original content four times per week, including book reviews, interviews, personal essays, short dispatches, poetry, contributor podcasts and recordings, and multimedia features. Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, the magazine is supported in part by Amherst College and The Common Foundation. •   ONE MONSOON Don Messerschmidt December 2, 2016 One Wednesday morning late in the rainy season of 1964, I sat at the open window of my room overlooking the tiny hill town of Kunchha, Nepal where I lived. I was watching huge clouds expand overhead, upward and outward across the blue Himalayan sky. I knew that by noon the temperature and the humidity would rise proportionately. . . .

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