Archive - August 9, 2014

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Gordon Radley ( 1968-70) Op-Ed in San Francisco Chronicle
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Gordon Radley ( 1968-70) Op-Ed in San Francisco Chronicle

Peace Corps service is a risk worth taking Gordon Radley July 30, 2014 | Updated: July 30, 2014 10:57pm Max Whittaker, New York Times Nicholas Castle, a UC Berkeley graduate from Brentwood, was honored in April for his service as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in rural China, where he died from a sudden illness last year. Peace Corps service is not without risk. I know that firsthand because my only brother was the first Peace Corps volunteer to die in service. He was killed in an airplane crash in 1962 along with another volunteer and 36 Colombians on a remote mountaintop in the jungles of Colombia. His remains lie there today along with those of all of the other passengers. The death from a sudden illness last year of Nick Castle of Brentwood, a Peace Corps volunteer in rural China, reminds us that even after the service of nearly 215,000 . . .

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“Tan linda tu historia,” he said. I leaned in closer to hear him over the strident, pounding racket. On the dance floor, dozens of young people jumped and shouted, flinging arms in the air. “What story?” I asked. “How you gave up everything – family and country – for love. To come here and live at the other end of the world. How were you able to make such a decision?” His words wafted on waves of wine-scented breath. I doubted he’d remember our conversation tomorrow. How much effort did I want to invest to answer these heady questions? Besides, I was tired after sitting at this wedding banquet for over nine hours, carrying on small talk in Spanish with the other guests at our table. Once the loud dance music started, I caught only words and phrases in the din, smiling and nodding as if in agreement with whatever . . .

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