1. Madagascar Five Squiggly Lines

    My January 14, 1997 journal entry is an award winner.   I like it because of the five squiggly lines that cascade down the page from the middle of words.   I shouldn’t be able to remember writing it but I have a vivid memory of laughing myself awake at the end of every squiggle.  The entries just before 1-14-97 were a little arbitrary when it came to writing a date.  I had a fixed date to write when I wrote the last entry in Washington, D.C.  The fourth group of Peace Corps Trainees bound fo...

  2. Guyana Barefooted Rodeo

    Cowboys participate in a rodeo barefooted every Easter in the Rupunni

  3. Ukraine Valentine's Everywhere

    As the first Peace Corps Volunteer (and practically the first American) in the small town of Kosiv in western Ukraine, it took a while for trust to be built.  Being invited to the Valentine's Day festivities at the local primary school was very special.  These two little children were chosen as the "king and queen" of Valentine's Day and happily danced for everyone.

  4. Georgia Dragging With Time

    Regardless of how many projects or activies you are involved with, time always seems to be abundant.  This is a short film about time dragging on and fighting the inevitable boredom. 

  5. Morocco Spice Rack

    I met my husband while serving in the Peace Corps.  This poem is a celebration of the blending of our cultures and the wonderful diversity it brought to our lives.   Spice Rack   America’s melting pot implies mélange. Spice rack conjures up complexity: The tongue distinguishing textures And tastes – sweet, savory, Pleasantly piquant.                                         We were raised differently-- You: Moroccan, Arabic-speaking, Moslem; Me: American, English-speaking, Catholic, But food...

  6. Guyana Cashews

    Fruit that smells like a rose, soft and white inside like a pear. Yummy

  7. Guyana Tough Stuff

    Freckles, host puppy and guard dog by day and night.  

  8. Guyana Enjoying the sunset

    Sometimes a cat knows the best way to live. 

  9. Guyana Loving neighborhood friend.

    Good thing these are not man eating. Encountering one of these in the air when you are walking is like trying to dodge a huge bullet. 

  10. Guyana Beware of dem holes in da bridge

    Road shut down for hours.... expect some major delays 

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