Archive - July 10, 2013

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Shriver Stories: Sarge's First Words
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Review of Anthony Simeone's (Burkina Faso 1971-73) Connecting Two Worlds: An Environmental Journey from Peace Corps to Present

Shriver Stories: Sarge's First Words

This is from Ronald A. Schwarz (Colombia 1961-63). After the Peace Corps he became an anthropologist and spent 12 years in research and training undergraduates in Colombia and Africa. He  taught at Williams College and the Johns Hopkins University and later established a development consulting firm in Africa where he lived for 20 years. He has been writing a book about Colombia One PCVs since their Termination Conference. If you have ever met a Colombia One RPCV, the first thing they will say is their name, and then they’ll  say: “We were the first PCVs. I think that they must have been inoculated with this phrase by their Peace Corps Doctors.) This is Ron’s great piece about Shriver’s first visit to a Training Site in the summer of ’61. Sarge’s First Words “Looking more like the freshman football team than America’s latest weapon in the cold war, the first contingent . . .

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Review of Anthony Simeone's (Burkina Faso 1971-73) Connecting Two Worlds: An Environmental Journey from Peace Corps to Present

Connecting Two Worlds: An Environmental Journey from Peace Corps to Present By Anthony Simeone (Burkina Faso 1971-73) A Peace Corps Writers Book, $19.95 124 Pages 2013 Reviewed by Mike Tidwell (Democratic Republic of the Congo 1985-87) The cover of Anthony Simeone’s memorable but bumpy new book says it all. It shows photographs taken from outer space of Earth and Mars, side by side. One orb has a fertile blue-green hue, radiating the aura life. The other is dark-orange, shadowy, and lifeless. Simeone spends much of the next 124 pages of this short work explaining how environmental degradation inflicted by humans could push the lush green orb to one day more closely resemble the barren-orange orb. Simeone writes in the prologue that his book, Connecting Two Worlds, is also about the “contrast between my life and experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa and my life in the more . . .

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