Archive - February 2014

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Everyone Needs An Editor
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Maureen Orth(Colombia 1964-66) Lays Out 10 Facts About Woody Allen On Vanity Fair.Com
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Joshua Harris (Mali 1996-98) Follows The Footsteps of Charles Dickens And Writes Serialized Novel
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The New York Times Wants To Know: How Did Your Recent Peace Corps Service Affect Your Life?
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JFK's Greatness–The Peace Corps
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Punch by Chris Honore’ (Colombia 1967-69)
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Carrie Hessler-Radelt Gets Out Of Cold DC To Recruit in Florida
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The Passing of Sal Tedesco (PC Staff Ghana, Somalia, Kenya 1962-65)
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Review of Bryant Wieneke's (Niger 1974-76) A Dry and Thirsty Land
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Bob McCord (Costa Rica 1986-88) Poem "NEMO"

Everyone Needs An Editor

So, you have just finished your book…a memoir of the Peace Corps, a novel, a YA romance…whatever! Before you self-publish your book, get an editor. Get a line editor, a copy editor, a proof reader….. Writing the book is step #1. Now you have to prepare your book for publication. If you don’t have top-rate editors in your town, here are two professionals editors I can suggest you might hire. One is a seasoned copy editor who works free-lance for publishing houses. The second person is a nonfiction writer and editor who also does editing on the side. If you decide to contact either of these individuals, do it in this order, as you should hire them both! First Lisa Skelton Her email is: lbskelton@optonline.net I’ve worked with Lisa. She is charming and nice and very, very good. Tell I suggested you contact her. You can email her your material . . .

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Maureen Orth(Colombia 1964-66) Lays Out 10 Facts About Woody Allen On Vanity Fair.Com

In November, 2013, Maureen wrote “Momma Mia” an article in Vanity Fair on Mia Farrow. Maureen wrote about Farrow’s loving home she created for 14 adopted and biological children and also how she had to deal with the sensational scandal that almost rent it apart 20 years ago. Recently, as we know, Mia’s daughter Dylan wrote her letter that appeared in the New York Times. Now Maureen is back with 10 “undeniable facts” about the allegation and Woody Allen’s reply, also in The New York Times, this weekend. 5:15 PM, February 7 2014 10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation By Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964-66) This week, a number of commentators have published articles containing incorrect and irresponsible claims regarding the allegation of Woody Allen’s having sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. As the author of two lengthy, heavily researched and thoroughly fact-checked articles that deal with . . .

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Joshua Harris (Mali 1996-98) Follows The Footsteps of Charles Dickens And Writes Serialized Novel

Joshua A.H. Harris spent, as he wrote me, “two life-altering years” (1996-98) in Mali as a PCV before attending the University of California, Davis School of Law. Earning his degree in 2003, he went to work as a lawyer for ten years at a public-interest, environmental firm in Oakland, California. Today, Josh is pursuing a Master’s Degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing at San Francisco State University. He is now writing a ‘serialized novel’ entitled Out of the Fog where every Friday he posts a new chapter, in the fashion Charles Dickens first achieved in the Victorian age. You can read Joshua novel at: http://outofthefogjh.blogspot.com Out of the Fog takes place in San Francisco in 2091 in a world radically altered by climate change. His first post (up now) is an open letter to Congress asking it to take action on climate change before the end of the year. The end . . .

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The New York Times Wants To Know: How Did Your Recent Peace Corps Service Affect Your Life?

THE NEW YORK TIMES FEB. 5, 2014 www.nytimes.com Serving in the Peace Corps can be both challenging and rewarding. Former Peace Corps volunteers often have good stories to tell – about their experiences in the field, what they learned and how those experiences shaped their lives after their service ended. Times journalists are writing about recent Peace Corps volunteers. If you have served in the Peace Corps in the past 10 years, please tell us about your experience by answering the questions below. Your comments and contact information will not be published, but a reporter or editor from The Times may follow up with you directly to learn more about your story. If you cannot see the form below, it is also available at this website. www.nytimes.com

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JFK's Greatness–The Peace Corps

In the current issue of The New York Review of Books (February 20, 2014) Frank Rich takes a look at and sums up the numerous books (140 +) and TV programs about JFK on the fiftieth-anniversary commemoration of his assassination. (By the way, Rich says, there have been approximately 40,000 books written on Kennedy.) In his long essays (this is the NYreview of Books, after all) Rich writes about another new  book that tries to cast JFK as a ‘conservative’ is JFK, Conservative by Ira Stoll. Rich does battle with the book, but at once point he sums us Kennedy’s liberal bent and that brings the Peace Corps into focus. Here is the paragraph from Rich’s essay: “What most endures about Kennedy is his inspirational sanctification of public service–as conveyed by his rhetoric, by specific programs (the Peace Corps), and by the example of much of his family’s subsequent careers . . .

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Punch by Chris Honore’ (Colombia 1967-69)

Chris Honore’ was born in occupied Denmark, during WWII. After the war, he immigrated to America. He went to public schools and then attended San Jose State University and the University of California, at Berkeley, where he earned a teaching credential, an M.A. and a Ph.D. After teaching high school English for two years, he joined the Peace Corps. He’s a freelance journalist based in Ashland, Oregon. His wife owns a bookstore on Main Street. His son is a cinematographer, living in Southern California. • PUNCH by Chris Honore’ For a time, my family and I lived in Watson, a small farming town in California’s Central Valley — flat, nondescript, a sepia photograph slightly out of focus. Everyday I walked to school and back along dusty, rutted roads bordered by wide irrigation ditches usually filled with green-brown water. The water was controlled by a series of concrete locks that could . . .

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Carrie Hessler-Radelt Gets Out Of Cold DC To Recruit in Florida

Peace Corps Press Release The Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet to Visit the University of Florida WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will visit the University of Florida on Monday, Feb. 10 to talk with students and faculty about how Peace Corps service can give them a competitive edge in today’s global job market. She will be joined by the University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joseph Glover, and Former Dean of the University’s International Center and Professor Emeritus of Agronomy David Sammons. Peace Corps volunteers travel to the farthest corners of the world where they work toward sustainable change while gaining hands-on experience and developing the skills employers are looking for now more than ever. College graduates who have served with the Peace Corps return home with a global perspective as well as cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills. They give . . .

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The Passing of Sal Tedesco (PC Staff Ghana, Somalia, Kenya 1962-65)

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 31, 2014 Salvatore Peter Tedesco (PC Staff Ghana, Somalia, Kenya 1962-65) (1928-2014) Sal’s parents, Anthony Tedesco and Marcella Cantalupo, were from Naples Italy. Sal was born in the North Beach area of San Francisco and his parents divorced shortly after. His stories of life and people he knew as a kid were vivid. Victoria Bakery, the old movie theater, St. Peter and Paul’s. . .  His grandmother sang and declaimed poetry during the thirties at Fugazi Hall. She took him regularly to the Cosmopolitan Opera downtown where he once appeared as one of the “ragazzi” in La Bohême. Sal remembered doing calisthenics at Fugazi Hall wearing the white uniform shorts and shirt of Mussolini’s Balilla Youth. In the forties Sal moved to El Cerrito and attended the newly built high school. The Principal and staff took him under their wing and opened up a new . . .

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Review of Bryant Wieneke's (Niger 1974-76) A Dry and Thirsty Land

A Dry and Thirsty Land: The Misadventures of a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa by Bryant Wieneke (Niger 1974–76) PeaceRose Publishing $9.99 (paperback) 208 pages 2013 Reviewed by Ben East (Malawi 1996–98) Mr. Wieneke’s engaging 60,000-word memoir contains all the stuff of Peace Corps legend, from encounters with exotic insects and large snakes to bouts of diarrhea and Malarial fever. It also contains a large dose of the question: why did Peace Corps bring me here? As such it contributes to the body of Peace Corps literature a thoughtful voice that will be especially compelling for prospective Volunteers. His adventure begins 13 years after the birth of the Peace Corps, and his narrative examines the organization as much as it examines his adaptation to Nigerien culture. He repeatedly notes frustration at being assigned to teach agriculture (his degree is in English literature) and at Peace Corps’ orientation program: “It did not make . . .

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Bob McCord (Costa Rica 1986-88) Poem "NEMO"

[This poem, “Nemo” by Bob McCord (Costa Rica 1986-88) appeared in April 1990, (Volume 2, Number 2) issue of RPCV Writers. Bob wrote me that the poem was written on Sunday, March 13, 1988 in Liberia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Shortly after sending me this poem, Bob took a three month position with the National Marine Fisheries Service as an observer. On the night of March 22, 1990, the boat that he was on capsized in the Bering Sea. He was one of nine men lost. ] NEMO I want to live like Nemo Walk my donkey on knife’s edge Pounded corn cakes, the host of dawn Bear greased hair, sage mane A stone razor, agate eyes I want to live in a cave Breathe the ancestral air Cook fossil pollen for breakfast Chip away my history in rock Gather cold blue, moonless stars I want to dance for rain . . .

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