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Chile 50 Years Past

Exactly half a century ago, a special collection of 75 university seniors were beginning the last year of their very sheltered, structured academic lives, soon to be faced with a decision that would tattoo their lives forever: enter military service, or do something that provided an armed

Emilio and the “Pulga”

Everyone has a friend who seems to remember everything; mine is Jesse. He remembers names, histories, quirks and faults of people he knew for only two years, fifty years ago, but hasn’t seen since. When Jesse tells a story, it is with such detail that

Peace Corps in Chile: A Story of Friendship and Service

More than 2,500 fortunate Americans have served in Chile, applying their skills and energies to the development of a country that over the past 50 years has experienced extraordinary growth and modernization.  You helped Chile grow, and at the same time your experience led to

The Three Sisters

Once in a while a book gets written that reflects so accurately things we have done, places we have visited, and people we have known, that , rather than read it, we experience it. One for the Road, by David Mather, is for me just

Trovolhue High and Dry

There are many small towns sprinkled throughout the Araucanía region of Chile west of Temuco and along the meandering Río Imperial. One of these towns is Trovolhue, which, on a sunny, warm day in the last week of the 2012 Chilean summer vacation period, was

Celebrating 50 years of Peace Corps

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PEACE CORPSSaturday, September 24, 2011 was a great day for those of us who served in the Peace Corps in Chile. Under a threatening sky, over 220 returned Volunteers from throughout the country gathered at the invitation of the Embassy of

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Viva El Instituto Forestal!!

Tomorrow, May 5, 2011, in Santiago, Chile, there will be an event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Instituto Forestal, the Chilean government’s forests, forest products, and forest industries research center. 1961, as it turns out, was truly a year filled

Will John Get His Groove Back

Will John Get His Groove Back?*I love music. I have always been a singer….church, high school chorus and special pops group called the Varitones, in the shower, and late at night in bars. I love to sing El Rey, On the Road Again, Scotch and

Peace Corps, Texas and LBJ

Peace Corps, Texas and LBJ Sometimes I wonder what the last 40 years of my life has been all about, what I might have done differently….what might have been. This wondering is usually nothing more than a meandering of thoughts, brought back to reality by

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