Category Archives: Peace Corps

What the Russian Invasion Taught Me

In August 2008, the Russians invaded Georgia. This was not expected. I was there at the time. When the first explosions hit, my friend J texted from the US. “I think there’s a war going on.” “No, no. It’s just a … Continue reading

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Me and Prometheus

I was either upset about something, or elated. I can’t remember which. But the key thing is that I had dug out two bottles of wine to share with the other guests at the hostel. And so it was, as the night … Continue reading

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Gori, Georgia

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Tbilisi Meanderings II: Sameba

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Tbilisi Meanderings I: Old Town

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tale from another no-man’s land

The Russian invasion of Georgia taught me what my local friends had always admonished—plans are illusions. So when an American friend and I were still in Georgia a few months on and on a whim decided to visit Turkey that … Continue reading

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They told me I’d be asked. Told me to have an answer ready

But I was otherwise engaged, and besides, I didn’t know how to answer.  And they were right; people do ask. “So, what was Peace Corps like?” Some expect a two-line answer.  Others want to really get into it, to imagine … Continue reading

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God, How I Scoffed.

You give Peace Corps two years and three months of your life, and you know what they say they’ll give you in return?  I’ll tell you. 1.  Patience 2.  Flexibility Their words. Now this, to me, didn’t seem like too … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Caucasus, challenges, character development, culture shock, dysentery, first drafts, Georgia, international service, life, Marneuli, Matthew McConaughey, Peace Corps, photos, Republic of Georgia, the unplanned, volunteering, whatnot, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Grabbing the Bull by its Horns, or:

Or the pig by its legs.  Whatever works for you, I say.  🙂 Today’s a writing morning. This photo brought to you courtesy of my beloved bazaar in Gori, Georgia. I’ve got 2K more words to write this morning to … Continue reading

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Left Field and No-Man’s Land

Desert land.  Stretching far beyond the eye can see, the rising haze playing games with your perception.  That’s what much of Jordan and Israel are like. So what’s the great danger in these harsh lands, other than being caught without … Continue reading

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