Week’s links

Venice Family Clinic is the charity of the week at Icanhascheezburger.   I work in close connection with them and they are an amazing and much needed resource on the Westside of Los Angeles.                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9/22/11 was the 50th birthday of the Peace Corps.  I am an RPCV, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  Returned , not former or retired, because of the continuing third goal of the Peace Corps mission.  These are the 3 goals:
  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
The countries I served in are Uzbekistan and Ukraine, so you may see things about them here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Another RPCV, Peter Hessler, was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant this week.  He wrote a very thoughtful response to Representative Mike Coffman, who unthoughtfully proposed ending the Peace Corps program in China.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Pharmacist Don Colcord Sustains Nucla, Colorado” , by the above mentioned Peter Hessler, is a very good profile of a small town druggist and of the town itself.  One of the town’s citizens describes small town life rather well: “Maybe I can describe it this way,” he says. “I like to play chess. I moved to a small town, and nobody played chess there, but one guy challenged me to checkers. I always thought it was kind of a simple game, but I accepted. And he beat me nine or ten games in a row. That’s sort of like living in a small town. It’s a simpler game, but it’s played to a higher level.”
 
Here’s a link to a few other works by Hessler.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Finally, a brilliant example for doing right simply because it is the right thing to do–something the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles did not consider this week.  “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible,” Stanislav Jerzy Lec, writer and badass, born 6 March 1909 in what is now Lviv, Ukraine.
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