1. Ukraine Linguistics 101

    What a mystery is language.  What a wonderment.  The myriad ways humankind has developed for communicating.  And, the confusion caused when various methods connect, or attempt to connect, and fail. The best way I’ve found to comprehend many attempts at connection is to teach, no, to try to teach, a new language to children or teenagers.  It causes one to meet language face to face. Some examples--- “I am an ecologist.”  An English expression which states a profession.  The Russ...

  2. Sierra Leone Going To Kayima

    This was the third day in country going to my village. We spent the night in the bus. The next morning the driver walked to the nearest village and brought back men to push us out... after a heated arument on how much they wanted to be paid.

  3. Ukraine Orange Revolution

    We were fortunate to serve during the Ukrainian Orange Revolution.  This is a shot of a young woman activist in Kiev.

  4. Morocco Who's in Charge Here?

    I knew it was coming.  Adam text messaged me on Wednesday to let me know that he would be coming in early Friday to start his Carte de Sejour process of with the Gendarmes of Goulmima.  I had agreed to help.  For people with more normal jobs being up-and-at-‘em at 8:00 am is no problem, but I grumbled when my phone vibrated four times and beeped at that (un)reasonable hour.  “In town.  meet at gendarmes?” read the text message. I tossed on a pair of shorts, t-shirt, baseball hat and show...

  5. Morocco American Pizza Night!!!

    It really only took one experience to hook my host family on American Pizza.  In short order it became a weekly tradition.  Here my host brother Nunu displays the goods.

  6. Morocco The carnival comes to town but once.

    A cool shot from the taxi stand in Goulmima, Morocco.  A typical everyday scene but for the carnival in the background, which really makes the white pop out.

  7. Morocco Where To?

    My host brother is running out of territory, yet presses on.

  8. Morocco Something Interesting That Way Is

    I don't recall what these boys were looking at, but it must have been pretty great to capture all of their attentions at once.

  9. Morocco The Prophet's Birthday

    This boy was photographed from my house as he overlooked the festival for the Prophet Mohammed's birthday in Goulmima, Morocco.

  10. Ukraine Russian Teachers

    My host brother Ilya (age 7) and sister Vika (age 6), here on Day 1, were my favorite and most valuable Russian teachers.  They never lost patience and always took the greatest delight in my language blunders.  My first breakthrough moment came with Vika who was (as usual) sitting with me at my desk as I did my homework.  She asked me something I did not understand (again, as usual) and in trying to ask her to repeat I must have said something unintelligible.  She stared at me for a few seco...

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