Archive - August 9, 2010

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How to Ruin A Rural Weekend: Reading More of the Comprehensive Agency Assessment
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Our Best Mystery Writer: Phillip Margolin (Liberia 1966-67)

How to Ruin A Rural Weekend: Reading More of the Comprehensive Agency Assessment

Up in Columbia County, I settled into a wicker rocking chair on our screen porch overlooking a valley of pine trees, and in the distance the rolling Berkshires hills, and instead of doing something useful like organizing the socks in my sock drawer, I dipped once again into the 204 pages of Assessments and Recommendations slapped together by that Gang of Six consultants the Peace Corps hired:  Maryann, Megan, Ken, Jean, Diana, and Carlos! I wanted to see what they had to say about Recruitment and Selection that they titled (page 105) IMPROVING THE RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION PROCESS TO ATTRACT A WIDE DIVERSITY OF HIGHLY AND APPROPRIATEDLY SKILLED VOLUNTEERS. Their descriptions of the ‘process,’ summing up, and recommendations for 25 pages and says virtually nothing. For example: Recommendation VI- 3: The assessment team recommends that the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection develop a new recruitment strategy that has an integrated diversity recruitment . . .

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Our Best Mystery Writer: Phillip Margolin (Liberia 1966-67)

After his Peace Corps service in Liberia,  Phillip Margolin became a lawyer, and then a successful novelist!+ He now writes full time and is the author of 15 bestselling mystery novels, the most recent being Supreme Justice. He has been nominated for an Edgar. In the current issue of The Writer Magazine (September 2010) there is a reprint of an article  Phillip wrote in 1977 for the publication entitled, “Essentials of Good Suspense Novels.” If you are interested in writing mysteries, you might want to read it. We interviewed Phillip years ago in our newsletter Peace Corps Writers & Readers, and you can read more about him at www.phillipmargolin.com

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