Why “Bread is for Everyone”? I found myself looking for a blog title that would perfectly represent me. I discovered that I wanted something that resonated with me. I came across the line, “I believe the world is beautiful, and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone” on the first page of a book on food security I hurriedly read while finishing my undergraduate in 2012. I looked up the poem and it has stayed with me since.

Like You by Roque Dalton (Translated by Jack Hirschman)

Like you I
love love, life, the sweet smell
of things, the sky blue
landscape of January days.

And my blood boils up
and I laugh through eyes
that have known the buds of tears.

I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.

And that my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life,
little things,
landscape and bread,
the poetry of everyone.

Despite all of my tendency for permission or pragmatism, I do very much believe that the world is beautiful.

I’m a working professional who entered graduate school at the Korbel School of International Studies in the fall of 2014. I do international affairs, all day and (sometimes) all night. I’m also in the Peace Corp Master’s International program. In the spring of 2016, I’ll ship off somewhere in this great big world of ours; or insignificant, small world of ours from an “pale blue dot” perspective. It’s an exciting and anxious time for me. I want to share that with whoever may relate to my experiences or observations. (Or my family who may very well be my only consistent readers; which, in that case, thanks guys. I love you too.)

I’ll post here about topics that are important to my professional life. Some of these posts will be serious. When I’m researching something for school, I’ll probably write about it here to sort out my thoughts or to make some point that I find important. When learn, accomplish, or do something new at work, I’ll write about what I found most useful here.

Eventually, this blog will transition to my Peace Corp blog where my posts will certainly become more humorous as I encounter the oddities that crop up traveling and living in a developing country.

Finally, I hope that if you come here to read my thoughts – you can share yours with me. Comment, find me on Twitter, or email me at coolidke@gmail.com and let me know your thoughts.


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