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I WON!!!!


Dear Sarah Jean,

Congratulations!  You have been selected as a winner in the 3nd annual Blog It Home contest.  You have been recognized by Peace Corps, your peers and people around the world as being an exceptional steward of the Third Goal.  From August 3-10, the competition reached more than 670,000 people on Facebook and more than 20,000 votes were cast.

Of the 400+ blog submissions we received from Peace Corps Volunteers around the world, we selected 8 winning blogs. We’re happy to report yours is one of them. 

We look forward to welcoming you and your fellow winners to Washington D.C. from October 4-10 for a special Peace Corps Top Bloggers Tour coordinated in your honor.  Over the course of the week, you will promote the Third Goal in a series of intercultural presentations to diverse audiences, have professional development opportunities and participate in general celebrations. 

In the coming days, we will send you a comprehensive email detailing logistics for your trip. We will also be issuing a press release to share the good news and highlight you and the other winners of this contest.   

Please stay tuned for more details.  We’re very excited to meet you in October! 

B.J. Whetstine
Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services 

Life is Epic!


Who has more spindle neurons: the dolphin or the human??

Cetaceans have a 3xs greater concentration of these brain cells than humans! Any guesses on the purpose of these valuable brain cells???

Spindle neurons are our social cells. They are the emotion processors of the brain and allow us to both feel love and know suffering. Dolphin songs and shrieks or the contagious nature of a human smile 🙂 Thanks to spindle neurons my blog can serve a purpose. And you can understand the story.


Here’s a video link to my Epic in the Philippines thus far. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGnYTM3tkX0

Life is epic! But it is also simple and whether you are American, Filipino, orca or humpback we share this planet so put those spindle neurons to use and find a cause you are passionate about. Did you know we receive greater happiness from giving than receiving?!

Me and my supervisor Nanay Rita at the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Conference in 2014
Me and my supervisor Nanay Rita at the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Conference in 2014