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

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This little project is merely a collection of notes, essays, poems, or, more than anything, just a little stroll through life.

The verb, to saunter, usually connotes a slow stroll. But it’s a holy kind of stroll: its origins deriving from French pilgrimages to the “holy land,” or “a la sainte terre,” during the Middle ages.  I’m trying to walk the hard walk of facing the self and asking how we fit into the bigger picture as we make that journey together.

The nonsense I’ve jotted out is personal, mostly stream-of-consciousness; it’s for me. But I’m happy, even eager, to have others join in to dialogue. All I ask is for your patience and understanding: I’m not the same person I was when I started this project, my views have changed over time, and I do not have an editor beyond myself.

I began this little writing experiment some seventeen years ago and grew it into a full-fledged personal journal while living in Morocco in 2010. I was required at the time to place a statement online that is still relevant, though I’ve edited the original slightly:

The contents and commentary found here are solely my own and do not reflect any positions of the organization(s) and association(s) which I have belonged to, past, present, or future.

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.



    1. glad I could be of help. let me know if you have any other questions, Christine. are you heading to Morocco or somewhere else?


  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.



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  6. 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?


    1. 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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