It Is What It Is - Lo Que Hay - We Sold Everything to Move to Costa Rica

It took months (or was it years) before I finally explained the title of my We Can Only Speculate Peace Corps blog. So let’s not tary with an explanation of this blog's title. Lo que hay let's use it in a sentence. My cat wants to drink from the faucet and will not be dissuaded oh well . ....more

Be Gone, Baby Weight!

It has been almost 22 months since I had my last baby and 4 months since I stopped breastfeeding.  I’ve finally accepted the fact that the excess baggage that I’ve been carrying is sticking around, and that I actually have to work to get this baby weight off.  Dammit!...more

Celebrating 10 Years

Ummm, this Foodie Friday has nothing to do with food. And no, not yet celebrating ten years of blogging....more

Sounds like you've had a great ten years! And I can't wait to hear about your time in the Peace ...more

Being Happy...All the Time

I’ve been thinking about happiness a lot this week. Happy. Sad. Angry. Peaceful. Confused. Resentful. I vividly remember spending the first 25 years of my life in an attempt to find and secure happiness. At times it seemed elusive, and at others, easy to find. But sometimes I wondered if my occasional blue feelings, disgruntled self, and mind-wanderings were normal....more

Journey Through the Peace Corps: Letters from Mozambique

by Alice Pettway...more

The Empty Suitcase: A Journey into the Peace Corps

Trading a carob energy bar for your best friend’s onion rings isn’t an easy task at seven. Neither is explaining why you don’t have cable or air conditioning at your house. ...more

Peace Corps Volunteer Murdered in Benin

The volunteer, Kate Puzey was a 24-year-old living in Benin, West Africa. Last week on Thursday morning, friends found her dead outside of her house in the village of Badjoude where she was posted as an English teacher. It is believed that she was murdered, although, I haven't found more details than what's in this article at Finding Dulcinea. The official news is that she died sometime the night before she was found. --Gadling ...more

What a tragedy! I can only imagine her parents' grief.  I hope that they get the answers that ...more