Category Archives: Philosophy

The Business School Paradox

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For some among us August 21 is the long-awaited day of the total solar eclipse. For those of us in the Kenan-Flagler Class of 2018, today is the first day of our second school year of classes. I have a … Continue reading

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Adapting to a New Normal

Last weekend I visited a fellow Nica 63 returned Volunteer. She is in medical school just an hour and a half away from me, and she found time in between anatomy lab and phlebotomy practice to spend a day with … Continue reading

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Transgenderism, Here and There

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I began writing this article months ago after HB2 was passed in North Carolina. I was still in Nicaragua at the time. Despite being surrounded and inspired by some great, really mindful people, mostly members of STAR and members of … Continue reading

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Asking Ourselves a Fundamental Question

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Thank you to everyone who voted in my poll about the future of Incidents of Travel! Most people would like me to continue the blog in one form or another, and I am going to strive to keep Incidents of … Continue reading

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The Loudspeaker System

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The Sandinistas first came to power battling an enemy. Then, after vanquishing the American-backed Somoza dictatorship, they almost immediately found themselves in a civil war with the American-backed Contras. From the organization’s foundation in the 60’s until 1989, they had … Continue reading

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My Last Post on Value-Added Production

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I put up my previous post on Chocolate Momotombo to show a great example of a Nicaraguan company engaging in value-added production.  In October of last year I was having a conversation with another volunteer (not Peace Corps) in Nicaragua. … Continue reading

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Chocolate Momotombo

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During my week in Managua I got over to a place near the Peace Corps office that I have been meaning to hit up: The Chocolate Momotombo factory and café. Chocolate Momotombo is one of the various artisan chocolate companies … Continue reading

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I’m Going to Say This Once

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Every time you disagree with something Trump says, every time you feel disgusted by something he says, every time you directly respond to his policy proposals or speeches, HE HAS DEFEATED YOU. Donald Trump is not stupid. He may not … Continue reading

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Reflection on the Economy of Nicaragua and Economic Development

The preceding article was posted at 1:14 AM EST, the time that my flight was scheduled to take off from Nicaragua. This article was posted at 5:43 AM EST, the estimated landing time in Ft. Lauderdale. Originally I had envisioned … Continue reading

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Retrospective on the Economy of Nicaragua and Economic Development

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This post is being cross-posted on my Economics blog, The Economics Of … . It was written in 2015 but I delayed publishing it until I completed my service. As a Small Business Development Volunteer, I naturally find myself asking myself questions like … Continue reading

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