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Archive for July, 2011

Saat July—Moments of July (Part III): Who knows the difference between the U.S. and America? (And who knows the difference between the U.S., Mexico, and Australia?)

Instead of updating my blog with frequent posts about “I did this today/I did that today” and ending up with a thousand entries by the time things are done, I’m going to instead try to distill each month into one post full of tidbits from my journal, e-mail correspondences, or memory.  I think that this format will (1) be easier to parse through for you, (2) give me a chance to reflect on things before I share them publically, and (3) still provide a comprehensive idea of what my daily life is like in Indonesia.

That being said, I am not prepared to write a Saat July (Moments of July) that encompasses all of my daily habits or important notes.  There are three topics I still want to share with you:  (1) The Anniversary and purpose of Peace Corps, (2) a short and funny story about local food and media, and (3) a funny story about my failures to explain where exactly I’m from.

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Saat July—Moments of July (Part II): Bakso and the local media (Has President Obama been Redeemed?)

Instead of updating my blog with frequent posts about “I did this today/I did that today” and ending up with a thousand entries by the time things are done, I’m going to instead try to distill each month into one post full of tidbits from my journal, e-mail correspondences, or memory.  I think that this format will (1) be easier to parse through for you, (2) give me a chance to reflect on things before I share them publically, and (3) still provide a comprehensive idea of what my daily life is like in Indonesia.

That being said, I am not prepared to write a Saat July (Moments of July) that encompasses all of my daily habits or important notes.  There are three topics I still want to share with you:  (1) The Anniversary and purpose of Peace Corps, (2) a short and funny story about local food and media, and (3) a funny story about my failures to explain where exactly I’m from.

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Saat July—Moments of July (Part I): Reflecting on Peace Corps’s 50th Anniversary and the words of Sargent Shriver

Instead of updating my blog with frequent posts about “I did this today/I did that today” and ending up with a thousand entries by the time things are done, I’m going to instead try to distill each month into one post full of tidbits from my journal, e-mail correspondences, or memory.  I think that this format will (1) be easier to parse through for you, (2) give me a chance to reflect on things before I share them publically, and (3) still provide a comprehensive idea of what my daily life is like in Indonesia.

That being said, I am not prepared to write a Saat July (Moments of July) that encompasses all of my daily habits or important notes.  There are three topics I still want to share with you:  (1) The Anniversary and purpose of Peace Corps, (2) a short and funny story about local food and media, and (3) a funny story about my failures to explain where exactly I’m from.

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Special Request–Please help & Pass on to anyone who might be interested!

Starting in August is the Muslim month of Ramadan.  School hours will be significantly reduced to accommodate fasting during daylight hours.  Ramadan is a major Islamic holiday, and the tradition of fasting means different things to different people.  My students and the students of other Volunteers are intensely interested in U.S. Muslims or how non-Muslim U.S. citizens view their faith.  The interest is peaked by the looming Ramadan.  As a response to this, one of my fellow Volunteers is attempting to make a video compilation of U.S. citizen commentary on fasting, Ramadan, the Islamic faith, and faith in general.  The Volunteer has asked all serving in East Java to forward her original message (below) to solicit responses from people across the U.S.  Read the forwarded message, and if you feel like you can contribute, e-mail me your video.  I will make sure it gets to the Volunteer working on the final product.  The Volunteer is hoping to have the material by August 3rd.
Thanks, Jay

Indonesian Recipe: Pecel

A Sweet and spicy peanut sauce served best with rice, spinach, and sprouts

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Do you want to go hear the Minister of Religion speak in Banyuwangi City?

 This was the question posed to me one Saturday morning.

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