The Vegas Volunteer

Formerly a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, this is my space for processing that period. The Vegas Volunteer also communicates my zeal for truth & passion in news & politics.

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Compelling and thought-provoking article by Charles Duhigg.  A must read for consumers, Target lovers, people trying to break old or create new habits, and rats who live in mazes spending their time hunting chocolate. 

Chunking highlight:

This process, in which the brain converts a sequence of actions into an automatic routine, is called “chunking.” There are dozens, if not hundreds, of behavioral chunks we rely on every day. Some are simple: you automatically put toothpaste on your toothbrush before sticking it in your mouth. Some, like making the kids’ lunch, are a little more complex. Still others are so complicated that it’s remarkable to realize that a habit could have emerged at all.

According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary a phoenix is a legendary bird which according to one account lived 500 years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from the ashes to live another period. 

I can’t think of a better fit for a city to make an environmental comeback than Arizona’s state capitol. 

I’d like to see where Vegas falls into this picture? 

Awesome story.


Upcycling’s Upshot: How Urban Mushroom Farmers Turned Scavenging into a Business

Two Cal grads turned an idea that sprouted up in a business ethics class into a sustainable, waste-free business. Their two main ingredients: mushrooms and coffee grounds.

Read the story on GOOD→ 

In honor of the 50th anniversary, Peace Corps selected a group of current and returned volunteers to participate at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival sharing the different cultures of the countries we serve in. Two of our currently serving volunteers, Tom and Leah Ferrabee, along with some kids from the center Leah volunteers at are currently in D.C. participating in the celebration.

Check out the title to visit their blog and follow their journey.

Somebody help me

There is a mouse in my house

It ate my oatmeal


 DO I HAVE RIGHTS? - June 16, 2011

Philippines, 2006: Maila, 20, sits on a stoop in a poor section of Cubao, a suburb of Quezon City, near Manila, the capita. Maila has been surviving on the streets as a sex worker for many years. She has been molested many times, and was once raped by a police officer, but was too afraid to report the incident. She speaks with other adolescents about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and tries to help other out-of-school, at-risk girls avoid her lifestyle. She dreams of finding a good job so that she can quit her dangerous occupation. She would love to marry and have children to raise with love.

© UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

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