Falling in Love in the Peace Corps

Originally posted on Peace Corps Thailand Magazine:
Michael Marano, 129 TESS I arrived at Peace Corps Staging in San Francisco surrounded by a fortress of buttons and wool. Before I entered what was sure to be an onslaught of icebreakers, I fastened my shirt all the way to my chin, feeling safer with every clasp,…

River Rise

Originally posted on Peace Corps Thailand Magazine:
Michael Marano, 129 TESS River rise, carry me back home. I cannot remember the way. River rise, carry me back home. I surrender today. – India.Arie After years of drifting, too afraid to grab the steering wheel, my boat ended up in an arroyo covered in rust with…

The Mystery of the Tooth in the Sock

Originally posted on Peace Corps Thailand Magazine:
Michael Marano, 129 TCCS I touched my finger to my nose to remember whether or not I had already washed my face. It slid faster and was greasier than the oiled up milk belly of a drunk on life 6-year-old at the bottom of a slip-n-slide. Grossed out…