Does Inequality Kill? Part Two

In this section I will explore whether inequality is unavoidable in a capitalist economy. It turns out, for me anyway, that concluding inequality is somehow an inevitable outcome in a capitalist society is quite challenging. It is difficult because the exchange of goods and services for money doesn’t operate outside of public policy and societal… Continue reading Does Inequality Kill? Part Two

Thirties Questions: Just a Few

(From my old website: relevant now as I am reposting on my 33rd birthday) Have you ever heard someone profess that their thirties was the best decade of their lives? I know I haven’t.  People regularly tell stories about their childhood, high school and college years, and then something strange happens - people all of sudden turn… Continue reading Thirties Questions: Just a Few

Does Inequality Kill? Part One

(This was posted in my old blog and I finally tracked it down. The issue of inequality hasn't gone away, so I will be posting all three parts of this piece on this website as well.) This will be a three part blog exploring a claim made in the Pope’s most recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.  In chapter… Continue reading Does Inequality Kill? Part One

The Peace Corps Roller Coaster

I've been in my village for a couple weeks now and have had some successes already. People here were very interested in getting a community garden up and running again. Another village resident and I went around looking for committed people, held a couple of meetings, and started clearing the land and repairing the fence this… Continue reading The Peace Corps Roller Coaster

Namibia: What About the Food?

So what do they eat there? This may have been the question I got the most when I was back in the U.S. prepping for this Peace Corps thing, and I could never give an informed answer. Well good news, as part of a cross cultural exchange series, we spent this past Saturday, 09May2015,  cooking traditional… Continue reading Namibia: What About the Food?

Sacrifice, Hard Work, and Struggle

Hard Work. Sacrifice. Journey. Self-discovery. Struggle. Accomplishment. Meaning. Blah blah freaking blah, right? These are a few of the many words that pop up in conversation, or in my head, when it comes to this whole Peace Corps experience. It's so early in my service, but I'm finding myself reflecting on concepts like work, sacrifice,… Continue reading Sacrifice, Hard Work, and Struggle

Adventure Sandals? My Path to “Barefoot” Running

At this point there is nothing new about the whole minimalist running phenomenon. Books like Born to Run have sold well, there was a special on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the Vibram Five Fingers had their day in the sun, and the most popular shoe brands have their own versions of “barefoot” running shoes.… Continue reading Adventure Sandals? My Path to “Barefoot” Running