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Photo journal: Jervaux Abbey

Jervaux Abbey, now one of the largest privately-owned monastic sites in England, was a Cistercian monastery founded in the late twelfth century. Its impressive amenities include a separate meat kitchen and refectory for feast days (part of a papal ordinance dating back to the fourteenth century), a greater and a lesser cloister, a warming house for cold monks, a church, an enormous infirmary, an impressive latrine system, and a chapter house where administrative functions were carried out and errant monks punished. 244 more words

Photo Journal

Short and Smelly

Since the beginning of time, man has tried to devise ways of getting rid of human waste. Some of the earliest inventions did not do a thorough job, and in fact were a cause of many diseases. 461 more words

A Sh*#ty Day (Literally)

Please note: This blog post is not for those with weak stomachs, or for those who are offended by the word “shit.”

I fondly remember one of my first encounters with a currently serving Peace Corps volunteer.  574 more words

Peace Corps Cameroon 2013-2015

Reflections in Juba - Ignorance, Rebellion or Style?

Nearly thirty years ago there was a young baby-sitter where I lived in Entebbe who would often run around the house naked before she would have a bath. 567 more words

This is South Africa: Life Outside the cities of Gauteng

Life in South Africa can be surprising. There is both incredible wealth and incredible poverty. In my daily life in Pretoria, I experience very little of the huge poverty problem plaguing this nation, but on a recent trip to… 129 more words

Adventures I've Had

It doesn't rain "cats and dogs" here...

…but Parrots instead!

Panama – where the seasons are “wet” and “wetter.” ;-)

My first couple weeks here have been busy, sometimes hectic, most always muddy and GREAT! 700 more words


Hands On: the halfway mark

Unbelievably, we are already halfway through our project in Kitui. So much has been achieved in this short time, but there is much still to be done, and no time to waste. 163 more words