Archive - August 19, 2009

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The House On Churchill Road, Part 4
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Which Way The Peace Corps On PeaceCorpsOnLine
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Review: The Peace Corps Latrine Reader
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The House on Churchill Road, The Final Episode

The House On Churchill Road, Part 4

Progress continued on Churchill Road: more kids were dropped off at the French School, herds of livestock moved up to market, the crowd on the sidewalk thinned, and with my new red Ethiopian Airlines flight bag full of students’ composition books slung over my shoulder, I walked a mile downhill to the Commercial School on Smuts Street just beyond Haile Selassie’s Square, and through the open entrance into the school’s compound nodding to the guard who bowed in my direction and let me pass into the enclosed school compound. The Commercial School, when I was in Ethiopia, was one of the three or four best secondary schools in the Empire. It had five buildings, a large faculty, and over 450 students. The three main buildings were grouped around a quadrangle, the fourth side opened onto Smuts Street. The quadrangle was large and covered with stone; in the center was a . . .

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Which Way The Peace Corps On PeaceCorpsOnLine

Hugh Pickens (Peru 1970-73) who started www.peacecorpsonline.org back in the early days of 2001 as a news service to the Peace Corps community has collected the various documents relating to what Aaron Williams should do, now that he is about to be sworn in as the new director. Check out the ideas at:  ttp://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/3216275.html

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Review: The Peace Corps Latrine Reader

Americans Do Their Business Abroad The Peace Corps Latrine Reader (A collection of essays by RPCVs) edited by Jake Fawson (Gabon 2000–02) and Steve McNutt (Gabon 2000–02) Other Places Publishing December 2008 $16.95 Reviewed by Travis Leger (East Timor (2005–06) reviews the our site. I submitted to this book when Fawson and McNutt put out their request for stories. I had just returned from East Timor, though prematurely. We were the last group there before they evacuated the entire program. I submitted a story about our adopted dog when she was in heat and one of her lovers, Stubby.  And since the editors didn’t choose it I am going to use this opportunity to publish it here: Stubby We called the dog Stubby. I don’t even remember its real name. It was our neighbor’s and it barked at us incessantly.  We had just moved into the house, a small, two-bedroom . . .

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The House on Churchill Road, The Final Episode

The Headmaster at the Commercial School, Ato Seifu Felleke, was a man I deeply respected. In fact, all the PCVs who taught at the school had the greatest respect for this man. He was slight, like most Ethiopians, and underweight, like most Ethiopians, and seem to always be smoking two cigarettes at a time. Like most Ethiopians. He was not handsome in the way many Ethiopian men are, but he had a presence and a commend of situations that demanded our full attention. He had been schooled in India, not Europe or America, and he had a wonderful no bullshit western approach that made us pay attention. He didn’t mess with our teaching, still he knew exactly how good or bad we were in the classroom, and over the years the Peace Corps administration in Ethiopia went to him for advice, to seek him out for his wise words, to ask . . .

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