Three rough days

Apr 28th, 2012 David Berger 12 min read

Hey folks, Well…this is going to be raw, and parts gruesome, skip over if you must. I guess that is how it is supposed to be, and I am sure you will forgive me and work in a little slack. I am writing at the end of three days of horror, frustration, helplessness, anger, and hurt. A trying time in my service, and a trying…

Thank you Western Digital!

Apr 21st, 2012 David Berger 5 min read

Let me start with an introduction. My name is David N. Berger. I am 24 and an Arizona State University graduate in Global Studies. I serve as the Vice President of SRES – Southwest Research and Education Services, a not-for-profit organization that has been operating and providing services to families and those in need for over 25 years. I’m also a community development and health…

The seasons are a-changing

Apr 15th, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

These times, they are a changin’. Guess that’s fair enough. The winds have come, strong powerful gales blowing dust, seeds, spores, and memories away on grand adventures. They bring riders – cool nights, dew-covered grass, and crisp morning air. A cold splash of icy water across your face where just last week the same had been tepid. Winter is coming, it’s harbinger arrived and the…

Malaria

Apr 11th, 2012 David Berger 4 min read

Morning folks – I’ve been writing a couple more introspective blogs lately so I thought I’d get back to the meat and bone of volunteer work – projects! I’m narrowing in on today’s project because of its importance and because I’m celebrating the completion of the first of six bi-annual observation visits & the enrollment of 28 randomly selected households with nets. It was nice…

Keeping on balance

Apr 6th, 2012 David Berger 1 min read

Aurelius: Book Seven – Entry 61 “Living is more like wrestling than dancing; you have to stay on guard; ready and unruffled, while blows are being rained down on you, sometimes from unexpected quarters.” No kidding! What an amazing sentiment – especially poignant for a PCV! We are more or less isolated, surrounded on all sides by foreign culture, tradition, food, sights, smells, tastes, language…constantly…

Project Updates February

Apr 1st, 2012 David Berger 1 min read

Recent project update: feb ‘ 12 Well! Here’s a quick technical update. Only three things. First, spirit stove. Using methylated spirits, two soda can bottom halves, zen focus, and a small nail I built a common peace corps utility – a stove that runs on methylated alcohol! Pretty exciting! It’s perfectly useful for heating my morning coffee, making oatmeal, or a variety of other neat…