Nesting in Ethiopia

“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…

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…

[WB] The Land Sector Has an App for That: The Evolution of Mobile Use in International Development

Paper prepared for presentation at the “2016 WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY” The World Bank - Washington DC, March 14-18, 2016 This paper is a literature review of primary and secondary sources that seeks to chart the non-linear…
Albania Blue Doors

Entering Albania Through the Back Door

Retired MIGs greeted us beside the runway as we touched down at Mother Theresa Airport in Tirana, Albania. These footprints--left behind as Soviet Russia turned around and departed--felt comforting and familiar. International development is…
Gobi Ger in the Dark

Clear Fanta Bottles

Clear Fanta Bottles You taste like blindness the distilled clarity that those #Mongolians brew and flows from #Fanta bottles in their gers. #micropoetry @pssms — John Dwyer (@JohnCDwyer) January 29, 2015

Mérida y Marriage

This was my last night with the Girlfriend in Mérida, Mexico. Our Mexico vacation has been a mix of historical awareness (Yucatán, zonas arqueológicas) and irreverence (Quintana Roo, Cancun's Zona Hotelera) that I have come to consider…
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[GMP] 100 Words on Love: She’s Connecting the Dots For Me

I loved a girl who changed her address as often as her hair and a girl whose heart stayed in St. Louis and when I couldn’t steal their hearts, I stole those other things. [...] Read all 100 words on The Good Men Project

[RR] Marriage Is Not A Competition

“Financially, men of all education levels benefit from marrying earlier,” Barkhorn writes in The Atlantic, her bold use of bold italics ensuring that I understand how dire the situation is for me as an old man. Women are benefiting from…

[UA] Mongolian Poetry

Landing in Mongolia, Chinggis Khaan International Airport greets travelers with three entirely different alphabets. There is English using the Romanized alphabet, Mongolian using Russia's Cyrillic alphabet, and Mongolian again, this time using…