Archive - November 2013

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Anne Pellicciotto (Mexico 2010-12) Kickstarter Project To Write Her Book
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Tune In Tomorrow For Senate Confirmation Hearing
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Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) on Amazon's Omnivoracious
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Review of Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968) JFK's Last Hundred Days
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Peace Corps Writers publishes LITTLE WOMEN OF BAGLAN by Susan Fox
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Bill Staab (Liberia 1963-65) The Peace Corps' Marathon Man

Anne Pellicciotto (Mexico 2010-12) Kickstarter Project To Write Her Book

Anne has hit her Kickstarter goal of $15,000. She wrote me, “Lot’s of generous people – friends and strangers – are interested in my Peace Corps Mexico story.  NOW it’s time to shift attention back to the writing and get this book done! However, you can get on-board with this project by reserving an advance-copy of the book and getting an invite to the book launch party this coming year.  Your help will allow me to complete, professionally edit, layout the art and photos, and produce a quality finished product to add to the Peace Corps collection. Here’s the link to checkout our progress and the rewards:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2074468560/a-story-of-sustainability-from-south-of-the-border (I had to repost the http to make it work. Anne’s bio: As founder and president of SeeChange, Anne Pellicciotto has 15 years’ experience with systems-level change in diverse environments – from IT transformation to reorganization, new program launch to board alignment. In . . .

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Tune In Tomorrow For Senate Confirmation Hearing

Nomination U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Presiding: Senator Menendez Date: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 Time: 10:30 AM Location: Senate Dirksen 419 Webcast: This hearing is scheduled to be live webcast. Please return to this page to view the hearing live at the specified date and time. The Honorable Carolyn Hessler Radelet of Virginia, to be Director of the Peace Corps http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-11-6-2013

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Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) on Amazon's Omnivoracious

Omnivoracious by Neal Thompson on November 04, 2013 Over drinks at Seattle’s Brave Horse Tavern, Shacochis described his encounter in Haiti years ago with the “haunting” and “unpleasant” woman who became the inspiration for the main character in his new novel, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which was an Amazon Best Book of the Month pick in September. The National Book Award-winning author met the woman–“blonde, young, infuriating,” as he calls her in the opening line of the book–while covering the US occupation of Haiti for Harper’s Magazine. She claimed to be a photojournalist and asked Shacochis to give her a tour of a voodoo temple; during the drive there, she said she’d lost her soul. “I knew her for less than 36 hours, and I forgot her name within days,” he said. “But what happened in that temple disturbed me so much it haunted me for five years. “I just never . . .

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Review of Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968) JFK's Last Hundred Days

JFK’s Last Hundred Days The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President by Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968) The Penguin Press, New York 415 pages August 2013 $29.95 Reviewed by Bonnie Lee Black (Gabon 1996-98) “That’s the trouble with all you historians!” JFK railed at his aide Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who had praised FDR effusively in his New Deal trilogy. “You made all those New Dealers seven feet tall. They weren’t that good. They were just a bunch of guys like us.”                                                                                                                         — JFK’s Last Hundred Days In this his newest book, Thurston Clarke focuses on the three months leading up to John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination at the age of 46, fifty years ago this month. Clarke, author of eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, paints an honest portrait of the fascinating, complex, and elusive man who served less than two years of his . . .

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Peace Corps Writers publishes LITTLE WOMEN OF BAGLAN by Susan Fox

Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban is the true account of Joanne – Jo – Carter  who answers the call to service and adventure during an extraordinary time in world history. Her story rivals the excitement, intrigue, and suspense of any novel, unfolding against the backdrop of changing social mores, the Cold War, the Peace Corps, and a country at the crossroads of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran. When John F. Kennedy delivers a speech in the Senate Chambers on a hot July day in 1957, a young  Jo Carter listens from the Senate gallery. In 1967 Jo remembers the now-deceased President Kennedy’s words and is inspired to join the Peace Corps. As a new Peace Corps Volunteer she flies into Afghanistan on March 21, 1968 with her training group. From her plane . . .

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Bill Staab (Liberia 1963-65) The Peace Corps' Marathon Man

For those who missed this article in the New York Times (10/29/13), it is a must read story about the volunteer work of Bill Staab (Liberia 1963-65).  Thanks to Marnie Mueller ( Ecuador 1963-65) for a ‘heads up.’ Marnie is a runner, by the way, and married to the famous German runner, Fritz Mueller. Bill Staab is an old running friend of Fritz, and Marnie and Fritz have watched Bill over the years as he developed the NYC West Side Runners, a club of primarily working class, hard-laboring immigrants, who after arduous jobs, run long daily workouts in Central and Prospect Parks in preparation for the New York City Marathon. Be prepared to be incredibly moved by this story. Again, thanks to Marnie for letting me know about this article and about the work that Bill Staab has done. Marathon as Melting Pot By LINDSAY CROUSE On a recent foggy Sunday in Central Park, . . .

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