Archive - September 23, 2019

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In The Times: “Paul Theroux’s Mexican Journey” (Malawi)
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Full-Time Freedom To Write (Paraguay 2008-10)
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58 Years after Congressional Authorization, The Peace Corps Continues to build better Americans

In The Times: “Paul Theroux’s Mexican Journey” (Malawi)

  In his 70s, the writer embarks on one of the great adventures of a traveling life, a solo road trip from Reynosa to Chiapas and back. • Paul Theroux’s Mexican Journey By Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963–65) Photographs by Cesar Rodriguez New York Times Sept. 23, 2019   In the casual opinion of most Americans, I am an old man, and therefore of little account, past my best, fading in a pathetic diminuendo while flashing his AARP card, a gringo in his degringolade. Naturally, I am insulted by this, but out of pride I don’t let my indignation show. My work is my reply, my travel is my defiance. Sometimes, a single person, met casually on a journey, can be a powerful inspiration. I happened to be in Nogales, Mexico, to talk to migrants — and on that visit I saw a middle-aged woman praying before her meal in a shelter. She was Zapotec, . . .

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Full-Time Freedom To Write (Paraguay 2008-10)

Paulette Perhach (Paraguay 2008-10) has an online coaching course for writers. A 12 weeks course begins this week on September 26th. Check it out and/or contact Paulette. Full-time to Freedom to Write 12 weeks starting Sept. 26 Meeting Thursdays at 8 EST/5 PST. Outside, it was a rare sunny day in Seattle. I pressed my face against the glass window of my boss’s office, and realized I wasn’t allowed to leave the building. I realized I wasn’t allowed to shift my work day to Saturday, when the rain would roll back in. I realized I wanted to be a freelancer. How do you think you would feel if you got to create the life you want as a full-time writer? You wake up at the time that’s right for your body, wear whatever you feel comfortable in, and work with people you like and respect. When you need to be around . . .

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58 Years after Congressional Authorization, The Peace Corps Continues to build better Americans

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Rich Buxton (Congo 1977-79) Published in THE HILL BY REPS. JOE KENNEDY III (D-MASS.) AND JOHN GARAMENDI (D-CALIF.) © Getty Images On Sept. 22, 1961, Congress approved legislation signed into law by President John F. Kennedy creating an organization whose goal was to promote world peace and friendship. The Peace Corps has been doing that and more ever since. Nearly six decades later, more than 230,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 141 countries. We are proud to count ourselves among them and to serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus. Every year, Peace Corps volunteers arrive in communities around the globe where our presence has rarely been felt. As soon as they step on that soil, they begin to build homes, trust and relationships that will help us make the world a safer and better place. This is something we learned firsthand . . .

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