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U.S.-Cuba Relations: Bridging the Gap

By Alice Pettway
By Alice Pettway

The Cuban immigration officer looked at me askance when I told him I’d like my U.S. passport stamped. My accent stood out in a whirlwind of European and South American voices. My anxiety wasn’t lessened as my taxi from the airport passed billboards referring to "El Bloqueo"—the blockade—as genocide.

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Arts & Culture · Poetry

Cuba: A Poet’s Perspective

By Alice Pettway
By Alice Pettway

Despite my best efforts, my objectivity slowly melted over the course of two weeks of travel. I found myself deeply inspired by not just the physical Cuba, but by Cubans and their dedication to and admiration of art in all forms.

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Lifestyle

A Journey Through the Peace Corps: Letter From Mozambique

By Alice Pettway
The last time we heard about the latest adventures of poet and  frequent WVFC contributor Alice Pettway, she was processing an abrupt shift in her Peace Corps plans after her posting in Mauritania was canceled. But we’ve just learned, and are happy to report, that Alice’s new Peace Corps country director, in Mozambique, has agreed to allow her to blog…
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Books · Poetry

Poetry Friday: A Christmas List

By Women's Voices For Change
Inspired partly by Jan Simpson’s cool Christmas-for-Theatregoers list and by new Christmas poetry lists from The Independent UK and the Daily Mail, the latter a listing of new love poetry, we at WVFC feel obligated to offer our First Annual Poetry Friday Christmas shopping list. Below, your quick-links to the most recent work by poets who’ve adorned our Poetry Fridays…
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Lifestyle

Perspective 101

By Alice Pettway
Nothing puts you in your place quite like being outwitted by a couple of chipmunks.I know; I spent 48 hours battling them for the modest rations of food meant to sustain me and my husband, AJ Pettway, during a two-week hike in southwest Colorado. I’m relieved to report that after two destroyed ditty bags and the loss of ten packets…
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Lifestyle

The Empty Suitcase: A Journey Into the Peace Corps

By Alice Pettway
Trading a carob energy bar for your best friend’s onion rings isn’t an easy task at seven. Neither is explaining why you don’t have cable or air conditioning at your house. Most of my childhood was spent trying to comprehend why my mother wouldn’t just conform, make things simpler.  I couldn’t understand her willful denial of all things normal. I…
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