Archive - March 10, 2023

“Up Close with Peter Sage” . . . writing about the Peace Corps

“Up Close with Peter Sage” . . . writing about the Peace Corps

Observations and commentary on American politics and culture. Tuesday, March 7, 2023   Public Service, continued: The Peace Corps  . . . Ask what you can do for your country. My wife Patti and I owe so much to our service in the Peace Corps. It inspired a lifetime of public service that began in Ethiopia during the late 1960s.  — U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, Co-Chair of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus. I have encountered dozens of returned Peace Corps volunteers over the years. They have something in common: An uncommon commitment to public service. They are a self-selected cohort. Some entered the Peace Corps in midlife or as retirees, but most entered the Peace Corps as a young person, typically after college and before settling into the burdens and joys of career, family, home, mortgage–those entanglements that Zorba in the movie Zorba the Greek called “the full . . .

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