MPI Board Update I

Two months ago I joined the Board of Directors for Manna Project International, the NGO I worked with from 2004-2009. What I have learned in our two meetings to date: On MPI After three years of hard work by Zak, Lori, and MPI crew, MPI's finances are in good shape. The bulk of MPI's revenues come from--and …

Things I like, all in one article

Namely: Investing, Ecuador, stimulants, do-goodery, and controversy. Governments take all kinds of measures to boost business—from creating subsidies and setting standards to loans and fiscal stimulus—so it’s not unusual that the government of Ecuador is investing taxpayer money like a venture capitalist to get a new industry off the ground. It is unusual, however, that socialist …

Homework stinks

Rather than researching graduate schools, I spent this morning browsing Holly's photos from Ecuador. Like Vandy at the bottom of the SEC, the two emails inviting me to view Holly's Picasa albums have held up the bottom of my inbox for months. A couple of my (shareable) favorites:Trying to help Johana with her math homework. …

La Vida Idealista

So it doesn't really make me famous, but I'm a guest blogger this month on La Vida Idealista, idealist.org's newish Latin America blog. Check it!(Also, if you're bored and/or interested in community development, see this spot from All Day Buffet a few months ago).

Things I haven’t seen in two years

Some everyday stuff that - when you haven't experienced them for two years - don't seem so everyday:Squirrels - gross.Baby strollersFront lawns with crabgrass instead of wallsEnormous, not-for-professional use four-door trucksCasual conversations in EnglishPeople over 6'6" tallMicrobrews and good beer on tap. Heck, good beer generallyRestaurants serving tap waterPeople waiting in line for tables at …

Two years later

A final letter to my donors, which should be arriving by mail this week (if you don't get one, please let me know!): After two years in Ecuador with Manna Project International, I’ve hung up my cleats. I have landed safely in Shreveport, had my first (and tenth) Southern Maid Donut, my first encounter with …

Rosa (Or: Home)

When I traveled to New Orleans a few months after Katrina, my friend Lindsey and I spent an afternoon driving around gawking at the damage. At the end of the day, I was spent; I needed home. Not Shreveport, necessarily, but some place of refuge – a bookstore, a coffee shop, a Scottish pub.Home doesn’t …