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New Years and New Beginnings in Oromia

A Peace Corps Ethiopia Trainee (soon to be Volunteer) gives an amazing speech in Amharic about her time living with her host family during training.

Today, Sunday (Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar and September 11 on the Gregorian calendar) is New Year’s Day here in Addis. Yesterday, the streets were lined with people selling and buying huge bundles of dried branches taller than me for burning tonight, as well as short bundles of sweet smelling grasses for who-knows-what. Once I mention that […]


Nesting in Ethiopia

I was originally told Abwe was our gardner, now I realize he is more like a day guard that cuts the grass and waters plants perhaps more out of boredom than anything else. Either way, he is legit a saint.

“Eagle’s Nest, this is Crunchy Oats*, reporting for radio check, over.” Cara finished with a straight face …

Nice Snowflakes in July


We watch the lights flicker in the warm, Nice night, dancing over snowflakes dusting the windshield. If you let go, unfocused and spiraling into the dark it might feel like a celebration, Bastille day Christmas in July. I hear they’re celebrating in Baltimore and Baghdad, listen closely and I swear I can catch the echoes […]

Readings from a Bear of a Wedding


I still am reeling from a wedding ceremony that we pulled together in less than three weeks and showed how amazing our friends and family are to travel on such short notice. And not to mention packing for Ethiopia. However, I wanted to share the readings and vows before they fade. Cara chose a poem […]

John C Dwyer

John C Dwyer

This is a picture of me, John C Dwyer, and this is my site (one of them at least). I‘m a son of the American Midwest (if you can’t tell by the fromage-philic physique), learned to write in the Southwest, and lived in the Far East (a ger in the Gobi to be precise). I’ve spent some time in the desert and plan to carry it with me wherever I go.

One of the most difficult, but absolutely necessary demands of humanity is to communicate with clarity. We each have something to share and whether it’s through blogs, books, conversations, postcards, tweets, or websites—I want to use old and new technology to get those messages across.


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