Author - John Coyne

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WHAT IS ETHIOPIA? — the coloring book
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She helped South Korea in Its time of need. In the pandemic, it repaid her.
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Review — Relicarios: The Forgotten Jewels of Latin America by Martha J. Egan (Venezuela)
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RPCV Jason McFarland (China) appointed to National Liturgical Council
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Remembering Robert M. Veatch (Nigeria), PhD 1939-2020
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Supporting Kathleen Corey — Where to write!
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Review — AN INDIAN AMONG LOS INDIGENAS by Ursula Pike (Bolivia)
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To support Kathleen Corey’s candidacy for Director of the Peace Corps
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RPCV Kathleen Corey (Liberia) — Biden’s Peace Corps Director?
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SWEET TARTS FOR MY SWEETHEARTS — Bonnie Lee Black (Gabon)

WHAT IS ETHIOPIA? — the coloring book

  Andrew Tadross (Ethiopia 2011-13) has published a coloring book for all ages, entitled What is  Ethiopia? that comes at a disquieting time for Ethiopia, and attempts to show Ethiopia as the sum of its parts. The book takes you on a journey to understand “What is Ethiopia?” There are 24 pages of illustrations of  Ethiopian people, cultures, food, landscapes, wildlife, architecture, and history all to be colored.  The illustrations are complemented by engaging descriptions and narratives about Ethiopian life by Andrew. Additionally, there is a trivia quiz.   The sole artist of all 24 illustrations is Biniyam Alazar, a 19-year-old secondary school student from Bahir Dar. Biniyam aims to continue in the art profession. He has an interest in painting and has become proficient in digital illustration. As he develops his skills, Biniyam would like to get into graphic novels, comic books, and other mediums that are novel for Ethiopians. He would . . .

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She helped South Korea in Its time of need. In the pandemic, it repaid her.

  NYTimes November 20, 2020 SEOUL, South Korea — Sandra Nathan spent 1966 to 1968 in a South Korean town as a young Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English to high school girls. Fifty-two years later, Ms. Nathan, now back in the United States, received a care package from South Korea that nearly brought her to tears. Ms. Nathan, 75, had been feeling increasingly isolated at home in Stephentown, N.Y. Reports about the exploding number of Covid-19 cases in the United States had made her anxious about going outside, where experts warned of second and third waves of infection. Then, early this month, she received a packaged labeled “Covid-19 Survival Box.” It was a gift from the South Korean government that contained ​100 ​masks and other items “as a token of our gratitude for your dedication to Korea.” “It was as if this box had been traveling to me since 1968,” . . .

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Review — Relicarios: The Forgotten Jewels of Latin America by Martha J. Egan (Venezuela)

Relicarios: The Forgotten Jewels of Latin America By Martha J. Egan (Venezuela 1967-69) Papalote Press 175 Pages September 2020 $75.00 Hardcover Reviewed by Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65) • Soon after I agreed to review Martha J. Egan’s new book, Relicarios, the Forgotten Jewels of Latin America, I had second thoughts about doing it. How could I, who have strong political opinions about the Conquest of Latin America by Spaniards and the consequent oppression of indigenous populations, be open enough to the material to give it an objective consideration? I still vividly recall arriving in the colonial city of Quito, Ecuador in March of 1964, where I witnessed the subjugation of Indians in the streets, soon discovering that they were literally considered untouchables, as they reflexively covered their hands with their ponchos if I reached out to shake theirs. It was caste-mandated that they do so. Still, I went forward with . . .

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RPCV Jason McFarland (China) appointed to National Liturgical Council

November 18, 2020 • Assistant Director of ACU’s Centre for Liturgy, Dr. Jason McFarland (China 2012-14), has been appointed to the National Liturgical Council to advise on matters pertaining to Catholic liturgical worship in the Australian context. Dr. McFarland teaches Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology and is Assistant Director of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Centre for Liturgy. He is the author of the influential book Announcing the Feast: The Entrance Song in the Mass of the Roman Rite, which has informed liturgical practice in many parts of the English-speaking Church. The National Liturgical Council is an advisory body established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, advising the Bishops Commission for Liturgy on matters pertaining to Catholic liturgical worship. In announcing the appointment, the Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy Archbishop Pat O’Regan cited the appreciation of the Commission for Dr McFarland’s fine work as an editor at the . . .

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Remembering Robert M. Veatch (Nigeria), PhD 1939-2020

  Robert M. Veatch (Nigeria 1962-64), PhD, Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics, and a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Georgetown University died Monday, November 9, 2020 at age 81 after a short illness. Bob Veatch was a founding figure in the field of bioethics. He spent the majority of his long career at Georgetown University’s Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) spending 40+ years there and serving as a former Director of the Institute from 1989-1996. He began the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (1991) and served as Senior Editor until 2011. He also cofounded and edited the Ethics and Intellectual Disability Newsletter. Before coming to Georgetown, he began his career at the Hastings Center in 1970. Bob held an MA and PhD in Religion and Society from Harvard University, with a focus on medical ethics that he proposed. . . . .

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Supporting Kathleen Corey — Where to write!

  Due to the overwhelming positive response to the nomination of Kathleen Corey as Peace Corps Director, please send any further recommendations to nextpeacecorpsdirector@gmail.com.      

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Review — AN INDIAN AMONG LOS INDIGENAS by Ursula Pike (Bolivia)

  An Indian Among los Indigenas: A Native Travel Memoir by Ursula Pike (Bolivia 1994–96) Heyday Books 240 pages April 2021 $26.00 (Hardcover) Reviewed by Rich Wandschneider (Turkey 1965–67) • My two-year Peace Corps experience ended with a 20-kilometer minivan trip from our Turkish-Kurdish village to the train station in the city of Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey. When my village partner Barb and I got to the platform with our bags and boxes, other minivans showed up with a dozen or more of our village friends. The picture of that leaving and the faces and dress of some of those villagers have been fixed in my mind for 54 years. Ursula Pike’s new Peace Corps memoir, An Indian among los Indigenas, brought 1967 rushing back. There are many important things about this book, but let me tick off three: one, Ursula is a fine writer, with a fine eye for . . .

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To support Kathleen Corey’s candidacy for Director of the Peace Corps

  To express your support write Reema Dodin at rdodin@jbrpt.org who is accepting letters of support for this position.  Also, send this letter to your Senators. I have included Corey’s qualification statement and short resume for your review and use in crafting a letter. KATHLEEN MARIE COREY coreykath@yahoo.com 253-627-5000     PEACE CORPS Country Director, North Macedonia                                                                                     2013-2016 Country Director, Sri Lanka                                                                                                . . .

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RPCV Kathleen Corey (Liberia) — Biden’s Peace Corps Director?

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Laurette Bennhold (PC Staff 1994-1999)   Senior executive with over 30 years leadership experience with Peace Corps, the Department of State, and international non-governmental organizations. Substantial diplomatic experience promoting U.S. interests abroad. She works exceptionally well in culturally diverse settings. Experienced public speaker and media relations manager. Kathleen Corey has been the president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Seattle and Tacoma. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, Ms. Corey lived and worked in eighteen countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, Europe, and Central America. She began her overseas career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and spent twenty years managing international and domestic management programs for the Peace Corps and the Center for Applied Linguistics, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit educational institution. From 1994-1998, Ms. Corey was Country Director for the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka . . .

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SWEET TARTS FOR MY SWEETHEARTS — Bonnie Lee Black (Gabon)

  For Bonnie Lee Black, writing and cooking have always been analogous. Both involve the thoughtful and loving preparation of something good for another’s consumption. This cookbook is a compilation of some of the author’s favorite, tried-and-true sweet tart recipes, along with related stories, drawn from her twenty-year culinary career. Her message to readers is simple: “I hope that Sweet Tarts will inspire you to make one or two–or more—of these recipes from time to time, especially on special occasions and enjoy them with your own sweethearts.” As Bonnie writes… This is the slimmest of my five published books, but it’s also the sweetest and the one that will likely always be the “baby of the family.” As any woman who has given birth to both a baby and a book might tell you, there are distinct similarities. There is the growing anticipation before the birth, and then the overwhelming . . .

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