1. Cambodia Grace Admist the Challenges

    My memories of her would suggest that my maternal grandmother, Jennie Inge Vester would probably call what I felt on the morning of July 22, 2010, one year after boarding the plane to Cambodia -- grace. Loaded down with a large backpack of “just in case” outfits, at 5:45 a.m. I walked the 1 kilo to P’sa T’may (New Market) to catch the Battambang City bus to Phnom Penh for my 50th birthday celebration. Walking along Highway 5, witnessing the sunrise and responding to calls in Khmer to buy brea...

  2. Kazakhstan September 1st

    September 1st celebration marking the first day of the school year in Kazakhstan.

  3. Guyana Oh snap!

    Our Community Development Officer, Mr. Douglas snaps his finger after just missing the target with his traditional bow and arrow at our Amerindian Heritage Day. 

  4. Samoa Dramatic Coastline in Samoa

    Eight-year old Lio, explores lava fields on the coast of southern Upolu.

  5. Samoa Gazing into the ocean

    Three Samoan boys gaze out into the vast blue ocean on a southern Upolu beach.

  6. Samoa Sili River

    Local kids playing in the river on a Saturday afternoon.

  7. Samoa Lotofaga beach

    View of the beach by Lotofaga village, in the Aleipata district, Upolu island.

  8. Samoa Miko and the cat have a snack

    When his older brother fell asleep while babysitting, Miko and the family cat had a snack of leftover ramen and boiled taro (then offered me some when he saw me snapping his picture).

  9. Samoa Miko and Lio

    Lio gives his baby brother, Miko a piggy back ride.

  10. Samoa Around the kava bowl

    I earned a seat around the kava bowl. Just about every evening, my Samoan host father, Tuugamau and his buddy Simi, and perhaps some other friends, sit around sharing news and stories, discussing village and national politics as they drink kava from a big cooking pot. (Kava is a common ceremonial drink consumed throughout the Pacific. A very mild narcotic, kava is made from the root of a kind of pepper plant, and has a mild euphoric effect.) To me, this nightly ritual represents both a quinte...

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.