The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
– Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India
Not very many people know that after graduating from the University of California at Davis, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for two years. In 1986-87, I was a math tutor and librarian for a boarding school run by the Order of the Jesuits in St. Mary’s, Alaska, which is in the rural part of Western Alaska. The following year, I served as a newspaper editor for a prisoners rights union run by a Jesuit priest in San Francisco. Those two years widened my view of the world on so many levels.
When I reached out to the JVC: Northwest to let them know about my novel, they kindly asked me to write a blog about how my book and my life today were informed by my years in the JVC. The blog got published this month, and I wanted to share it.
You can read the blog post here.
I leave you with this: Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. – Howard Zinn, historian, playwright, and social activist.