Halloween Costume 2012

Peace Corps

I know this is at least a week past relevance but I thought I’d share it anyway because it made my laugh and be uncomfortable for an entire day. Jacque and I have been stuck together during our entire Peace Corps. We planned to take a taxi from the airport together (her plane was late so […]

November 9, 2012

Interviews, Ubuntu, Awards, and Paintings

Peace Corps

The past couple days have been weird in the best of ways. Everything that’s happened seems to have ended up as a welcome surprise. As you know, I was eagerly waiting for Ubuntu 12.10 to drop yesterday (ask Lyuda who was here for tutoring and she’ll confirm that I kept checking every 15 minutes for […]

October 19, 2012

Collective Creative Writing at School

Peace Corps

Friday, I had some of the most fun I’ve ever had with two of my classes. I worked with a 9th grade and a 10th grade class and we did the same lesson with both. It started off with me reading a story and asking them to understand. Then, they read the story and told […]

October 14, 2012

Proposed Writing Retreat

Peace Corps, Writing

If you remember last year, I had an ambitious November. I wanted to take 30 days to make myself a better man, and I did. I wanted to do 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups each day, and I did. I also wanted to complete NaNoWriMo, and I did. It was ambitious and by the end I was absolutely drained […]

October 12, 2012

Saying Goodbye to a Haircut

Peace Corps

Today I began to say goodbye. I’ve mused before about haircuts in Ukraine. It was a simple post that boiled down to, I have a great woman who cuts my hair here because she knows what I want without me having to jump through hoops in Russian to explain it. I walk in, sit down, […]

October 11, 2012

Photo Essay: Chernobyl 2012

Peace Corps

Sometimes you do things because the opportunity is there and you’re not quite sure if it will come about again in your lifetime. Sometimes people ask you why you’re doing exactly that and you explain it to them the way you see it. And sometimes they respond that future insurance companies might not insure you […]

September 30, 2012

Peace Corps Ukraine Group 39 COS

Peace Corps

So much has happened in the past week and I want to write about all of it now, but I think I’ll spread it out over a few days because each thing deserves personal recognition. The week started with our flag football tournament, but I’ll write about that later once I steal photos from Jeramie […]

September 29, 2012

Cheap and Healthy or Snake Oil?

Blog, Peace Corps

The past couple of months, I haven’t felt like I’m in my top shape. This caused me to go to see the doctor which in turn caused me to get an ultrasound to check for tumors (the doctor wanted to rule out possibilities). What it boiled down to was that I had slept on an […]

September 21, 2012

Learning Not Cheating

Peace Corps

There are a lot of things about the Ukrainian school system that I just don’t understand because I grew up in the American school system. Things are done quite differently and it makes me wonder why. For example, the Ukrainian system of grading is on a 12 point scale where the American system is letter […]

September 20, 2012