Friday, June 26, 2009

The Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act of 2009

Today Senator Dodd introduced the Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act of 2009. (S.1382)

The bill promises to combine a reform
and growth strategy for the Peace Corps; increase funding in order to achieve the goal of doubling the size of a reformed, streamlined and more effective Peace Corps; and requires the Peace Corps to engage in a strategic assessment of all aspects of its current operations, from volunteer recruiting, training and management, to the distribution of volunteers throughout the world. Based on this assessment, the Peace Corps is required to create a one-year and five-year strategic plan in order to reform, modernize and grow the agency.*

Here is his introductory speech:

Part 1:

Part 2:

The videos also provide an interesting history on the creation of the Peace Corps.

*Source: Sen. Dodd's senate page.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wish list

[[Before you send me anything, please look at the "Mail Please" section on the right and the information I posted regarding mail and/or packages!]]

Because people have been asking...

*also, I probably won't need/want anything but letters, magazines, and some snack-type stuff until I get to my permanent site*

Reading material:
  • The Economist (please, please, please!)
  • Archaeology (my love of archaeology *swoon*)
  • National Geographic magazines
  • Sudoku and crossword (with answers)
  • Books
  • Luna Bars (Cookies 'N Cream Delight, Caramel Nut Brownie, S'Mores)
  • Cliff Bars (Carrot Cake, Oatmeal Cookie-thingy, Chocolate Chip)
  • Odwalla Bars (Choco-wall)
  • Ranch salad dressing mix
  • Any "just add water" mix (pastas, sauces, cakes, brownies, cookies, breads)
  • Chocolate pudding mixes (instant)
  • Instant oatmeal (plain or apple cinnamon)
  • Green tea (my favorite is Two Leaves and a Bud's Tamayokucha Extremely Green Tea or any other fruit flavored green tea)
  • Condiment packets from fast food places: ketchup, honey, mustard, honey, medium and mild Taco Bell sauce, (oh, did I mention) HONEY!
  • Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
  • Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
  • Orbit Spearmint gum
  • Fluoride toothpaste (the best stuff you can find to prevent cavities)
  • Act Anticavity Restoring Mouthwash
Movies/TV shows (on DVD or flash drive):
  • New episodes of Psych, Dexter, and Bones
  • Episodes of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" (Travel Channel)
  • Seasons 2 & 3 of The Universe (History Channel)
  • Any movies you think I'd like!
Oh yeah...LETTERS!

Monday, June 1, 2009

In case anyone's confused...

Same blog, new name.

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