New Recommended Readings Entries
The End of Poverty, by Jeffrey Sachs.
Waging Peace, by Rob Schultheis.
Yes, I know that all my reviews are "Coming Soon", but I don't want to wait to write a detailed opinion/synopsis of the dang thing before I post it or it might never get out there. Suffice it to say that because its there, its had an influence on me and I think its worth your time provided you're interested in the subject of global rehabilition or U.S. Army Civil Affairs.
I've been working on a new journal entry for quite a while now. To be honest, I've written it, thrown it away and rewritten a couple times now trying to strike a balance between the ups and downs of this "adventure" or whatever you call it. I don't want to come off too "Pollyanna" about my experiences - there's no Hollywood script here, and I want that to be clear anyone who might be considering this line of work. At the same time what I'm learning is that the real challenge, no matter what you do, is to transcend the obstacles that you face and maintain your focus.
Just FYI, our team got hit by an IED on 9 August. Noone was injured, but it was a sobering reminder that this mission is no joke. I'll write more about my insights on mortality and overcoming fear, etc. later if I can ever get that freakin' journal entry done!