saunterings | essays, poems, and remarks, all lost with a purpose


This blog is an exploration of religion, social welfare, culture, and identity. It’s what I call “saunterings.”  The verb, to saunter, usually connotes a slow stroll. But it’s a holy kind of stroll: the word’s origins derive from French pilgrimages to the “holy land,” or “a la sainte terre,” during the middle ages.  Here chronicles my own pilgrimage to find something holy in the monotony of this silly little life. And it’s my hope not to saunter alone but to be joined on the journey by family and friends alike.

While working with the Peace Corps in rural Morocco, where I began this little writing experiment, I was required to place a statement on my blog that is still relevant, though I’ve edited the original slightly:

The contents and commentary found on this weblog are solely my own and do not reflect any positions of the United States Government, the United States Peace Corps, the institutional church, the academy, or any other organization which I have associated myself with, past or present.

Come across a blog here that’s password protected and you’re a friend of mine? Feel free to ask me for the password.

If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you and happy reading.


  1. hello hello hello— just came across your blog on the PC FB group and wanted to say congrats! i’m a newbie here in Morocco (you’ll be the newbie soon) and remember what it was like packing and preparing for such an amazing adventure… best of luck preparing and feel free to email/fb me if you have questions…


  2. Thanks for the comment! uhm, I don’t think I have any questions at the moment, but if you see something on my packing list, and you’re like, “Oh dude, don’t bring that; bad idea,” then definitely let me know! :)


  3. Hi Philip- Thank you for this thoughtful blog about Morocco. I finally have an idea of what I’ll be doing the next two years. I particularly appreciated the pictures of your apartment. Have an idea of the details is really helpful in alleviating anxiety and gathering my energy.



  4. Greetings Philip,
    I’m in Ourzazate, second week of training over. Wanted to let you know that of all the mountains of peace corps/FB/blogs I’ve come across, yours prepared me the best. I would love to meet you at some point.



  5. I was wondering if youu ever considered changing the layout of your blog?

    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of copntent so people could coonnect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of ext for only having one or two pictures.
    Maybe you could space it ouut better?


    • hey, thanks for the thoughts. I need to sit with them and think about it. my old blog was heavy on the pictures. I wanted the focus on this blog to be my writing. I think the biggest problem with this format is how skinny the blog is. if it were three columns instead of four, that would free me up more space to occasionally include some pictures every here & there, but I’m not sure how to delete a column or how to widen the main one. thoughts?


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