Thursday, December 13, 2018
Remember Yael?!?! Kansas City Comeback For Peace Corps Progressive!!!
Dead-Tree #TBT just to put on the calendar and possibly the best place for a TKC X-mas meetup in order to talk loud and chew bubble gum. (Or maybe, as Chuck suggests, listen to a liberal who undoubtedly practice what he preaches.)
Kansas City Public Library: Putting Off Retirement - for the Peace Corps -- Yael Abouhalkah
Yael Abouhalkah gained a reputation in more than three decades as an editorial writer for The Kansas City Star for not following the path of least resistance. It figures then that he and his wife haven’t slipped into quiet, comfortable retirement, instead moving seven time zones away to the southwest African nation of Namibia to serve in the Peace Corps.
Abouhalkah -- among the 6% of Peace Corps workers who are over age 50 -- discuss a 16-month journey, which will carry into 2019. He teaches English to hundreds of youngsters at a primary school, and has worked to upgrade the schools’ libraries with the help of more than 1,000 books contributed by fellow Kansas Citians. Event attendees are invited to bring a children’s book or two to donate to the Books for Namibian Children collection (English-language fiction or nonfiction titles, first- through fifth-grade reading levels, hardbound or paperback).
Abouhalkah spent 32 of his 37 years at The Star writing editorials.
You decide . . .