Archive - September 21, 2009

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Review: Martha Egan's Collection Of New Mexico Stories
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New Blog: Remembering the '70s

Review: Martha Egan's Collection Of New Mexico Stories

Leita Kaldi Davis worked for the United Nations, UNESCO, Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University. She worked with Roma (Gypsies) for fifteen years, became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal at the age of fifty-five, then went on to work for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti for five years. She retired in Florida in 2002. Davis has written a memoir of Senegal, Roller Skating in the Desert, and is working on a memoir of Haiti. Here she reviews a collection of New Mexico stories by Martha Egan (Venezuela 1967–69). • La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories by Martha Egan (Venezuela 1967–69) Papalote Press September 2009 208 pages $24. 95 Reviewed by Leita Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) The themes of Martha Egan’s stories are broken-down vehicles (la ranfla means jalopy), unlikely destinations (Los Lopez, population 58), women who follow their dreams (a veterinarian, a silversmith) . . .

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New Blog: Remembering the '70s

[Coming soon on this website will be a new blog by David Searles, Remember the ’70s, as we fill in some missing years in the history of the Peace Corps. David is the author of one of the important books on the  agency,The Peace Corps Experience.   Welcome, David! We look forward to your stories and observations.] P. David Searles served three years as the Country Director for the Peace Corps in the Philippines (1971-74), and two years at Peace Corps headquarters as Regional Director for North Africa, Near East, Asia, and Pacific (NANEAP) and as Deputy Director under John Dellenback (1974-76). His career has included periods during which he worked in international business, government service and education. After service in the United States Marine Corps (1955-58) Searles worked in consumer goods marketing and in general management positions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Latin America. His business career was . . .

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