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Global Travel Announcement

1 year, 3 months and 7 days ago I moved to Austin Texas. Since that time I have only spent 10 days traveling. It's time to get a move on! I write you today to announce some exciting travel plans I have for the remainder of 2014. If you are going to be in my vicinity,...

How to Achieve Silicon Valley Anywhere [crosspost]

The following was originally posted on on June 25, 2014. Read the original post here. If you are in the tech world, Silicon Valley is your mecca. Or at least that’s what we’re led to believe, thanks to its high concentration of technophiles and constant attention as...

UT Peace and Conflict Resolution Symposium

Today I gave an hour-long presentation at the University of Texas to a Peace, Conflict Resolution and Global Ethics Symposium where I spoke in large part about my Peace Corps projects and how I continue to serve the Central Asian journalism community from Austin. The...

Peace Corps: Mission Accomplished

Serving with the United States Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan these last two years has been a tremendous experience. During my two years in Kyrgyzstan I accomplished many things; too many to attempt listing here. So let me just describe the cornerstone achievement: Mobile...

Appendectomy In Bishkek

A Fair Warning The following is an account of my appendectomy which was performed in Kyrgyzstan. Due to the medical and at times gruesome nature of this story, I have chosen to omit a few details and spare the public of some photography. That said, there may still be...

Nooryz 2013

Nooryz is the Islamic new year and is celebrated in the spring time as new life is emerging from the icy grip of winter. In Kyrgyzstan, celebrations typically include cultural performances of music and dance. This video is from the Turkish-Manas Kyrgyz University in...

K-19 COS Conference

This is it. This is the end. I made it. Yet somehow, I don't feel any sense of accomplishment. As I participate in the commencement sessions of my Peace Corps group for three days at this resort, all I can think about is how I need to be back at my site. There is...

Bike Race

I recently participated in my first bike race! It was a really great experience but because I entered into the "professional" category and we were the last of 3 categories to race, I lost a lot of energy just standing around and the weather turned from a beautiful...

LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article – Spring 2013

Here is my contribution to the LSU Alumni Association Magazine for Spring 2013. View original source here: http://issuu.com/lsualumni/docs/lsuaa_spring2013 Greetings Tiger Nation, I hope the start of 2013 is fulfilling all of your hopes and dreams! The holiday season...

I Am The Quiz Master

Last night I was the quiz master at my favorite local quiz night in Bishkek. We had a great turnout of 30 people consisting of locals, foreigners and all ages and professions. This weekly quiz night is a relaxed place to have fun and learning something new. This was...

Bishkek Attack

Just considering that I would begin this post with something like, "I don't know how important it is to tell you that..." should be a pretty clear indicator, but for the sake of documentation, and most importantly, to let you all know that I am OK, let me tell you a...

Merry Christmas (Russian Orthodox)

January 7th is the date of Orthodox Christmas. For a long and detailed explanation of why this differs from the western-celebrated December 25th Christmas you can refer to this article on Wikipedia. My friend Dimity instructed me to the time and place where the...

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