Today’s homework

If you work in international relations, development or health, you probably have written up some glossy report you are convinced no one will ever read. Today, I will dive into that murky world of readerless reports. On the list: Asset-Based Approaches to Poverty Reduction in a Global Context (Brookings) The Future of Globalization (CG Researcher) …

Car conversations

I'm not much for talking on phones. As such, being in Ecuador was a pleasant break from phone conversations. When you pay per-minute, you have lots of had-a-baby-it's-a-boy exchanges.So I save my phone conversations for the road, and generally very much enjoy catching up with folks while I drive. Some of yesterday's New Orleans-to-Shreveport conversation …

Things I like

• Honey Bunches of Oats. Are they the perfect cereal, or is my perception skewed from two years of off-brand corn flakes?• That my niece Genevieve says "no way!" when she feels particularly strong about something.• My niece Genevieve, even when she's sick.• My brother's Michigander friends. "I was in Ecuador once on a missions …

Finished!

After three months a handful of stops and starts, I've finally finished Sean Wilentz's The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. It is a beast - a beast - of a book, and I'm quite proud of myself for getting through it, however well-written it is.My dad always says that when you study something …

Catching up

Given the amount of time between my last blog and this one, it would probably make a lot of sense to give some sort of programmatic update on Manna Project - but both Abbie and Craig have already done that, probably better than I could have. So, I´ll indulge myself a little bit by sharing …