Hello. My name is Jimmy. I grew up near the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains in Southern California and studied linguistics in Oregon. I taught for years in West Africa, with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Sierra Leone and at an international school in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

A year backpacking through Latin America with my wife, surrounded by nature, increasingly more mindful of our carbon reality, and meeting incredible locals and fellow travelers, reinforced our desire to create a simpler, more sustainable life. Our goals are to reduce our carbon footprint via less consumption, avoid the purchase of single-use plastics as much as possible, and contribute to the revitalization of rural areas. We can accomplish this by living on a budget, working online, growing some of our own food, and participating in the economic and social life of our local community.

I do technology things for a wellness project in Germany, build WordPress sites, teach, and try to write in my spare time. We now live in Galicia, Spain with our Peruvian pup Alqo.

Among the Stones is a personal clearinghouse for things about life as an immigrant in Galicia, ruralism, language, ecology, faith, politics, and anything else. I know, light reading. But I try to stay positive.

I eat vegetarian, read widely, believe in the necessity of democratic eco-socialism, overuse commas, self-identify as a philomath, and practice Islam. The phrase among the stones is the translated Loko (Landogo) toponym of my host village in northern Sierra Leone.

I’m also interested in literacy, hiking, Mandé linguistics, learning and practicing languages (Spanish, Galician, and French), camping and the #vanlife, nature documentaries, WordPress, the history of Upper Guinea, music, maps, permaculture, animal husbandry, cooking, notebooks, the American transcendentalists and Rūmī, cultural anthropology, Murray Bookchin, ethics in technology, podcasts, Wikipedia, fantasy novels, photography, iOS, and working towards a low-carbon future.

Highlights, emphases, other annotations, and photos are mine, unless otherwise indicated. I shamelessly link to Wikipedia (use the citations). You can contact me at jmbaum@gmail.com or @amongthestones.