Challenging Assumptions About the Modern Arab Myth: an Exploration of Moroccan Cultures and Traditions

Earlier this month, I gave a lecture to a group of United Methodist Men (and later to a local Rotary Club) about my experience with the Peace Corps.  I am publishing that lecture here with only a few edits.  I have also spliced in Wikipedia links every here and there.  Please don’t regard those links […]

Some Thoughts on Reverse Culture Shock after Being Gone for Two Years

So, I know you’re all wondering what it’s like being back.  I’ll do my best to explain it briefly. In a nutshell, it’s this strange sensation that makes you feel like you never actually left.  But there’s this huge gap in your head and, to a lesser degree, your body that makes you feel like […]


I have so much crap.  Like, seriously, why do I have so many t-shirts? So, yeah, my parents and sister picked me up yesterday in Nashville.  Our first stop?  The Bi-Centennial Mall, where I bought some Chinese Gun Powder tea so I can make Moroccan tea (cause yeah, they just buy the Chinese stuff).  Then, […]

St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands, or How I was Technically Home in America for Five Hours

How much can you really say about a place when you’re only there for six or seven hours?  Honestly, if there’s one big critique I have about cruises, that might be it.  At least stay overnight.  Then again, St. Thomas was the first time I felt that way the whole cruise.  Eight hours in Madeira […]