Stories from Morocco, or Remembering My Encounter with the Muslim Faith

With all that’s been said about Islam lately, I thought I’d take a moment to republish something I wrote after returning from my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. This is a slightly edited version of a talk I gave to local churches and a local rotary club in Tennessee: Act 1. Arrival. […]

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 […]