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ORQ8 Weird Education

ORQ8 Weird Education

The eighth issue of The Open Review Quarterly is now live! Read all about our writers’ strange path through the education systems. I’m extremely excited about this issue. We have new submissions from Martha T. Williams, AC Church, and Mary Thomas Keil….

Catching Up

Catching Up

I’ve been traveling since I landed in Los Angeles May 20. I loved exploring LA’s neighborhoods. It felt like 1000 cities jammed into one. I joined my friend Rachel up the coast for a wedding near San Luis Obispo. We…

Highlights from the Final Week

Highlights from the Final Week

I departed Australia on May 20 after eleven incredible months. I spent my last week in Rotary District 9600 walking the streets of Brisbane, attending a film festival, photographing a gypsy band, climbing at Mt. Ngungun, and visiting my host…

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars

District 9600 has two other ambassadorial scholars. Terry Vo (center), originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, is a student at UQ’s Masters of Governance and Public Policy. She is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Green Hills and has worked for…

Last Rotaract Meeting

Last Rotaract Meeting

The Rotaract of South Brisbane does some incredible work for local and international communities. I helped put together a grant application, and I was overwhelmed by all we had accomplished together. In my final presentation to the group, I encouraged…

Urban Times Op-Ed

Urban Times Op-Ed

I wrote an op-ed for Urban Times on how and why the marketing for bikeshare programs needs to change. Bikeshare isn’t going to magically reduce congestion or improve air quality. What it will do is provide a fun, convenient, and inexpensive…

Mt. Barney

Mt. Barney

Before meeting up with the Griffith University Adventure Club, James and I summited Mt. Maroon, a trad climbing destination on the Queensland/NSW border. The next morning we started hiking with the group. The mainly uphill climb took us through a…

Rotary Club of Knoxville

Rotary Club of Knoxville

Earlier today I spoke to my sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Knoxville. I discussed the highlights of my time in Australia, including my research, fundraising with the Rotaract Club of South Brisbane, the economic development forum in Kingaroy, and…

Current Loves, May 2013

Current Loves, May 2013

I’m leaving Brisbane Monday. Here are the places and things that made my week, month & year.   New discoveries Cloudland, a Fortitude Valley reincarnation of one of Brisbane’s historic dance halls Tippler’s Tap, a brewpub in Newstead offering dozens…

Bright Morning

Bright Morning

  I sold Bright Morning today to a friend who will take good care of her. I named her after lyrics from Gillian Welch’s “Six White Horses,” the song I was listening to when I went to pick up the…