About

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 most of my twenties in West Africa, first with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Sierra Leone, then at an international school in Nouakchott, Mauritania. After a year through Latin America with my wife, I now live in Europe with our Peruvian pup Alqo, sometimes on the road in our campervan. I do technology things for a wellness project in Germany.

I practice Islam, believe in the necessity for democratic eco-socialism, eat vegetarian, and read widely. The phrase among the stones is the translated Loko toponym of my host village in northern Sierra Leone.

History, religion, ecology, politics. You know, light reading.

I’m also interested in literacy, budget travel, hiking, linguistics (Mandé and Romance), learning and practicing languages (Spanish, Esperanto, Galician, French, and Arabic with varying levels of seriousness), camping and the #vanlife, nature documentaries, maps of all kinds, gardening, cooking, notebooks and lists, the American transcendentalists and Rūmī, cultural anthropology, Murray Bookchin, ethics in technology, podcasts, Wikipedia, fantasy novels, nature photography, iOS, the intersection of science and faith, and climate justice.

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