Thursday, September 22, 2011


Arie told me last night that there are camels in Morocco.  I didn't beleive him.  Not because I didn't think it was possible for there to be camels in Morocco, but because I had no clue about what animals actually live in Morocco.  I didn't want to "generalize" or "stereotype" that just because Morocco is in Africa there would for certain be camels, and I thought that he was doing that.  Except he actually knows, and he is right - there are camels in Morocco! I guess he read a lot of Zoo Books as a child. 

Arie also told me that people in other parts of the world drink camel milk.  I said NO! Really? Yep they do.  And not only that, supposedly camel milk has less lactose in it, so it is easier to digest for those who are lactose intolerant  - like me! Wow.  Looks like I will be trying some camel milk while in Morocco.  No guarantee that my digestive system will like it though.

Happy 50th Birthday Peace Corps!

50 years ago today, on September 22nd, 1961, Congress passed the Peace Corps Act.  While President John F. Kennedy and R. Sargent Shriver usually get the credit for launching the Peace Corps, Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey was one to introduce the actual idea.  In 1960 Representative Henry S. Reuss of Wisconsin proposed that the government study the idea, and Senator Humphrey asked for the establishment of a Peace Corps itself (source:

In Kennedy's last State of the Union address he said, "Nothing carries the spirit of American idealism and expresses our hopes better and more effectively to the far corners of the earth than the Peace Corps." Today, several thousand Americans every year answer his call to "ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country" by serving in the Peace Corps (source: