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Jay on a Barge

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Let me adapt my photo of the day post for you a little bit, because… well why not? 1 photo/day 1,018: today I saved my buddy Jeremiah from the very real possibility of getting Shanghaied, and then together we made an adventure of the day. When I first saw him on my way out of the port, he was waiting to take a ride on a rust bucket fishing boat, one...

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Relational Overload

Relational Overload

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Blog, Ship Life | 0 comments

You think you’re an extrovert until you live in a metal box with 400 other people. You think you recharge around them, and maybe you do, but at some point you overdo it. There’s always someone who wants to hang out, always a new story to hear or a new ear to talk off, and suddenly you realize it’s almost curfew and you need to get back to...

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Mystery Media Team

Mystery Media Team

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Blog, My Job | 1 comment

I can’t tell you who exactly it was I was hosting over the last ten days. Well, to be fair, I could tell you who they are, just not who they’re working for. I’ve gotta respect nondisclosures from time to time. But to be safe, we’ll just leave them with the title “Mystery Media Team.” The MMT were here making a...

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Letting Go

Letting Go

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Patient Stories, Reflecting | 2 comments

The world is a series of microcosms, the borders of which define the reach and impact of our suffering. Life goes on outside, but this does not negate the reality or profundity of that for which we mourn. A little girl died on the ward on Monday. When she came to us, we thought we might be able to help her. She had a tumor in her mouth, one that was large...

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Community Living 1: Pissing Matches

Community Living 1: Pissing Matches

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog, Ship Life |

Something you learn when living in a community comprised of over 400 hardworking volunteers: don’t get into pissing matches. Specifically over how tired you are, and why. The other day I got up at 4am to go out on a dental screening as security – and ideally to handle any media, should they show up. Not very many people knew this. Even I was...

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