Archive - March 14, 2015

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Talking with David Edmonds author of LILY OF PERU
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Review: My Life as a Pencil by Ron Arias (Peru 1963-65)
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The Peace Corps and Rotary Together in Saturday's NYTIMES

Talking with David Edmonds author of LILY OF PERU

How did it happen that David Edmonds writes a novel about Peru when he served in Chile? How did he get a PC assignment to make a movie? What was his connection with Lee Harvey Oswald? What were his skills that enabled him to set up a leather cooperative? And what about Lori Berenson? Find the answers to some of these questions — and many others in this interview with this multi-skilled RPCV. Where and when did you serve in the Peace Corps, Dave? I was a Chile IV Volunteer from 1963 to 1965 after training at Camp David in Puerto Rico. . What was your Peace Corps project assignment? Didn’t have one at first, so someone in PC/Santiago came up with the wonderful idea of making a promotional film about PC activities in Chile. I was assigned to that task along with fellow PCVs Mike Middleton, Mary Ellen Wynhausen, . . .

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Review: My Life as a Pencil by Ron Arias (Peru 1963-65)

My Life as a Pencil by Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64) Red Bird Chapbooks March 2015 47 pages $12. 00 (paperback) Reviewed by John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962–64) • I once asked Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64) what he did at People Magazine and he said, and I quote, “I cover the Third World.” I laughed, thinking he was being sarcastic, and he was, but Ron was also being serious. Thanks to his fluency in Spanish, his experience in the Peace Corps, his traveling and working in Latin America, plus his ability, his need, perhaps, to go everywhere and do anything to get a story, made him a minor celebrity in the complex and competitive conglomerate of Time/Life. A few of Ron’s brushes with danger around the world are implied and hinted at in this collection of funny, insightful, touching and true stories entitled My Life as a Pencil, a chapbook recently published . . .

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The Peace Corps and Rotary Together in Saturday's NYTIMES

The Personal Business column in the 3/14/15 issue on “Retiring” written by Kerry Hannon is all about ‘older’ American retiring and doing serious volunteer work with the Rotary Club, Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, the Senior Corps…and guess what: The Peace Corps. “The push for older volunteers began in 2011 (not true, we had a significant number of older PCVs in 1962) writes Hannon, “when the Peace Corps began working with AARP to connect more older volunteers with service opportunities. Today there are 7 percent of PCVs 50 or older. “I would like to see that closer to 15 percent,” said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the Peace Corps’ director in the article. While the Peace Corps is just ‘one’ of the many opportunities where and how senior citizens might volunteer, is does have the advantage in this article of having the only photograph, and that is of Kate Burrus at . . .

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